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Use aromatic fragrances to induce relaxation; therapy through aroma


To slope the free edge of the nail surface to smooth any rough ages

Chamois Buffer

Implement that holds a disposable chamois cloth that is used to add shine to the nail and to smooth out wavy ridges on nails

Dimethyl urea hardeners

Hardeners that use dimethyl urea (DMU) and add crosslinks to the natural nail plate but do not cause adverse skin reactions


Light, continuous-stroking massage movement applied with fingers and palms in a slow and rhythmic manner

Essential Oils

Oils used in aromatherapy that are extracted via deverse forms of distillation from seeds, bark, roots, leaves, woods, and resin

formaldehyde hardeners

contain up to 5% formaldehyde and create bridges or cross links between the keratin strands that make up the natural nail, making the plate much stiffer and resistant to bending

mild abrasive

substance used for smoothing nails and skin (e.g., Pumice)

oval nail

nail shape with more rounded corners, attractive for most women's nails

perissage kneading movement

kneading movement in massage performed by lifting, squeezing, and pressing the tissue


small, fiber-free cotton squares often used by nail professionals to remove polish

pointed nail

nail shape suited to thin handswidth narrow nail beds. the shape is tapered ad somewhat longer than usual of the nail

protein hardener

a combination of clear polish and protein, such as collagen, that provide a clear hard coating on the surface of the nail

pumice powder

white or grayish powdered abrasive derived from volcanic rock, use for smoothing and polishing

reinforcing fiber hardeners

contain fibers such as nylon, and protect the nail by coating the natural nail

round nail

nail shape that is slightly tapered and extends just a bit past the tip of the finger. this natural looking shape is common for male clients

square nail

nail shape that is completely straight across with no rounding at the edges. the length of the nail can vary

squoval nail

nail shape with a square free edge that is rounded off and extends just slightly past the tip of the finger

full coverage

entire nail plate is polish

free edge

the free edge of the nail is unpolished. this helps prevent polish from chipping

hairline tip

the nail plate is polished, and 1/16 inch is removed from the edge. this prevents polish from chipping

slim line or free walls

leave 1/16 inch margin on each side of nail plate. this makes a wide nail appear narrow

half moon or luna

the base of the nail is unpolished


designed for soaking the clients fingertips in warm water with liquid soap or moisturizing soak product added


tools used to perform your services

wooden pusher

pusher to remove cuticle tissue from the nail plate or to clean under the free edge

metal pusher

pusher incorrectly called a cuticle pusher, is actually used to push back the eponychium, but can also be used to gently scrape cuticle tissue from the natural nail plate


implement used to trim away tags of dead skin


implement used for a wide range of uses, including small bits of debris from the nail plate or removing implements from disinfectant solutions

nail brush

implement used to clean fingernails and to remove dust and debris with warm soapy water

polish remover

used to dissolve and remove nail polish

nail creams and penetrating nail oils

product that is designed to soften dry skin around the nail plate and to increase the flexibility of natural nail

cuticle removers

designed to loosen and dissolved dead tissue from the nail plate so that it can be more easily and thoroughly removed from the nail plate

nail bleach

substance applied to the nail plate and under the free edge to remove yellow surface discoloration or stains

base coat

coat that creates colorless layer on the natural nail that improves adhesion of polish

top coat

coats are applied over colored polish to prevent chipping and the add shine to the finished nail

material safety data sheets

provide valuable, sage-handling information about the products as well as first aid and proper storage information

nail conditioners

contain ingredients to reduce brittleness of the nail plate and moisturize the surrounding skin

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