Rock Star Acrylic Enhancements:
Coined by a fellow nail artist right here in Tulare County, the term "Rockstar" has become the most
widely recognized term worldwide for the technique of embedded nail art.
The most popular element used in the Rockstar technique is definitely glitter, but mylar flake, confetti,
and fimo cane slices are also available. Glitters can be custom mixed to create unique colors and
Rockstar nails allow the wearer to express themselves while still allowing for the instant dry advantage
of a gel sealant, and the color will never wear off the tips.
The only limit is your imagination.
Pink & White Acrylic Enhancements
Still our most popular enhancement service. Traditional acrylic sculpted over forms in traditional
French manicure style. Available in a variety of shades of pink and white to suite each individual's taste and style.
Rockstar Gel Overlay
Growing in popularity, the option to simply wear a lightweight, gel overlay over natural nails, while
still enjoying the glittery appeal of Rockstar nails. Using the same technique as for Rockstar toes, simply add glitter to
your gel overlay.
Does not extend the length of the nails. Easy to switch colors, covers the whole nail. One flat rate.
The term "gel" comes from the consistency of the product, which is thick and gooey. Therefore
many products get away with calling themselves "gels." However, most salon professionals agree that a "true" gel
is one that is cured under ultra violet light.
UV cured gels are lightweight and more flexible than acrylic. This flexibility allows for better
adhesion than other enhancement products, this, and gel's crystal clarity and tendency to cure to a high shine without
polish or topcoat, make them very popular.
Gels are more expensive than other products too, and many discount salons have begun to capitalize
on this by charging higher prices for "gel" nails. In many cases, these so-called gel nails turn out to be nothing more
than traditional acrylics with a uv cured top coat or gel sealant over them. By being an informed consumer you can avoid
getting ripped off by one of these unscrupulous salons!
Gel is NOT a powder and liquid product! They are applied directly to the nail like thick polish
and then cured under an ultra violet light. Usually gel nails require 2 to 4 coats of gel application to make
up the enhancement. They do not require an initial application of traditional acrylic (powder & liquid).
Most gels are virtually identical to acrylic in chemistry and up until recently gel services remained
unsuitable for clients with monomer sensitivities because of this. However, new products have recently been introduced that
are hypoallergenic and excellent for those with chemical sensitivities!
Please inform me if you need hypoallergenic products when booking your gel service, as I use
both traditional and hypoallergenic gel products.
What we used to call simply "fills" have become "rebalancing" in today's more informed and technologically
aware world. Rebalancing has become the accepted term today because it involves so much more than simply reapplying
product at the cuticle where the nail grows out. The arch of the nail must also be repositioned in order to restore strength
at the stress point where most cracks appear, and the free edge is reshaped and excess length adjusted in order to retain
the proper balance to the overall structural integrity of the extension. Whew! Bet you didn't know it was THAT involved!
Regular maintenance is recommened every two to three weeks to ensure proper performance from
the products. This will greatly reduce lifting, breaking, and the risk of infection and keep nails looking well maintained.
Remember; the idea is to get them filled BEFORE they start breaking or lifting!
For Pink and White nails, a French fill--
or backfill-- involves refreshing the white tip as well as rebalancing the new growth in order to maintain that natural "French
This is done by using the electric file to remove the top layer of the tip and backing up the natural
smile line of the nail. Then new tip color is reapplied, as well as rebalancing the entire enhancement structure.
Many clients prefer to have a French fill every two weeks with their regular maintenance and we prefer
it that way too in order to keep our work looking it's best at all times. However, most folks can get away with
a French fill once a month-- or every other rebalance.
French acrylics do not have to be removed entirely and a new set applied in order to maintain the
white tip. French fills (sometimes referred to as backfills) are an advanced technique, and not all salons
are proficient at them, we recommend you ask about methods for maintaining the French look when choosing your nail technician.
Yup, on your piggies. Great for restructuring damaged toenails, and can help "retrain" ingrown nails.
Or just because they look fabulous! Acrylic toenails should be rebalanced every 4 to 6 weeks; perfect for sandal season!
Rock Star Toes
Try Rockstar toenails for a "permanent" pedicure that can last as long as 8 weeks! (you will
most likely want to shorten your toenails before that though!)
Glitter embedded between layers of tradtional uv gel. These nails look fabulous in stilettos or flip
Must be filed off when you are ready to change colors.
Nail enhancements should NEVER be "ripped" or "clipped" off!
I've also heard of salons that use a plastic nail tip (like the ones used for extensions) pushed
up between the natural nail and the enhancement product to "pop" off the old product. These methods are painful and will contribute
to unnecessary damage to the natural nail.
My professional removal process is PAINLESS and NON-DAMAGING to the nails.
I place an acetone-soaked cotton pad on each nail, wrap the finger tip in foil, then place each hand
in a heated mitten. It takes about 40 minutes for acrylic to dissolve so that it can be gently rolled off with a file.
I strongly recommend a manicure with this service if you are not immediately replacing the enhancements.
Removal of "Rockstar" and Gel enhancements is a little more complicated because tradtional gels are
impervious to solvents and will not dissolve in acetone. These enhancement must be filed off carefully to avoid damaging the
Instead of soaking hands and nails in water, which dries skin and waterlogs nails causing polish
to peel and nails to split-- I start my basic manicure with a moisturizing cream to soften skin. Hands are then
placed in protective liners and allowed to rest for a moment in heated aromatherapy mittens. Then I push back cuticles,
shape nails, and polish.
UV Polish: Nail or Toes
This is the product we've been waiting for-- a polish that actually lasts on the nails for more than
just a few days.
The gel manicure will last on natural nails for 10 to 15 days.
The Art of Nailz has chosen Gelish by Hand & Nail Harmony as our primary line of UV polish. Gelish
offers the largest selection of colors (currently 84,) with the best balance of wearability and ease of removel, and has remained
reliably available since its introduction to the market.
We also stock a sampling of several other lines, including Shellac (by CND,) Polish Pro (by NSI,)
Gelaxy, and Eco Gel (from Star Nail) and are continuously adding to our uv polish collection as new brands are introduced
to the market.
UV polish is the perfect solution for natural nail manicures and can also be used over traditional
gel or acrylic enhancements.
Most nail art that I do is easily added on within the amount of time allowed for each service, but
with the resurgence in popularity of genuine, hand-painted nail art, more and more clients are requesting specialized designs
that require advance notice and extra time.
I enjoy these challenges and am eager to cutomize your nails to any outfit or occassion, and I appreciate
your understanding that many designs simply cannot be accomplished without making advance arrangements for the additional
for consumer nail information.