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Nail Technology


Harden through exposure to UV light.

Hard UV Gels

Gels that cannot be removed with acetone. Also known as traditional UV gels.

Inhibition Layer

Tacky surface left on the nail once a UV gel has cured.


Short chain of monomers that is not long enough to be considered a polymer.

One-Colr Method

When only one color of nail enhancement product is applied over the entire surface if the nail.


The amount of pigment concentration in a gel making it difficult to see through.


A chemical which in combination with resins and the proper curing lamp causes UV gels to cure.

Soft UV Gels

Gels removed by soaking in acetone.

Two-Color Method

Two different colors of gel are applied to the surface of the nail, in different places, as in a French manicure.

Unit Wattage

Measure of how much electricity a light bulb consumes.

Urethane Acrylate and Urethane Methacrylate

Main ingredients used to create UV gel nail enhancements.

UV Bonding Gels

Gels that increase adhesion to the natural nail plate.

UV Building Gels

Thick viscosity adhesive gels that are used to build an arch and curve to the fingernail.

UV Gel Polishes

An alternative to traditional nail lacquers. UV gel polishes do not dry as a nail lacquer does; they cure in a UV light unit.

UV Gel

The type of nail enhancement product that hardens when exposed to an ultraviolet (UV) light source.

UV Gloss Gels

Sealing gels, finishing gels, or shine gels. These gels are used to finish the nails and to create a glossy shine.

UV Lamp (or UV Light Bulb)

Special bulb that emits UV light to cure UV gel nail enhancements.

UV Light Unit (or UV Light)

Specialized electronic device that powers and controls UV lamps to cure UV gel nail enhancements.

UV Self-leveling Gels

A group of gels that is used to enhance the thickness of other gels while providing a smoother surface than some UV building gels.

White UV Gels (pigmented gels)

Building gels, used early in the service, or self-leveling gels, used near the final contouring procedure.


Means few.

Oligomers are typically:

Thick, sticky, and gel-like.


The term refers to the type of starting material that is used to create the most common UV gel resins.

UV Gels typically:

Are not as hard as monomer and polymer enhancements.


When UV gel enhancements cure, they:

UV Building Gels

Sometimes contain fiberglass strands.

UV Gloss Gels can:

Be used over a monomer and polymer enhancement and do not require buffing.

Tack-free gloss gel:

Which type if UV gel does NOT produce an inhibition layer?


What type of abrasive should you use for smoothing UV gel enhancements?

A UV gel that uses fiber glass.

If your client returns often with broken enhancements, it is recommended that you try:


A standard type of UV lamp is a:

99 percent isopropanol

If you do not have the UV gel cleanser, you should use:

Overlaps the tip's edge to prevent lifting.

When performing a one-color UV gel application on tips, the UV gel:

Slightly damp

A UV gel brush should be_____ _____when applying the bonding or priming material.

Reduce the strength of the cured gel.

Introducing air into the UV gel will:

Self-leveling UV gel.

When performing a one-color UV gel application, after the first layer of gel has cured, it is recommended that you apply a small amount of:

Sunlight, UV lamps, and full-spectrum table lamps.

During a UV gel application, it is important to keep the brush and gel away from:

Thicker in viscosity.

Compared to more opaque pigmented gels, less opaque pigmented gels typically are:

Ample pressure.

UV gel polish application over acrylic enhancements should be applied with:

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