Here’s a product that you might want to look into while attending the next beauty show. The Young Nails Safety Bit can be used to train newbie e-file users as well as create cool nail art with gel-polish.
Tom Huynh, owner of multiple salons in Fargo, N.D., is an avid user of Young Nails products and created this design using Young Nails ManiQ soak-off gel-polish and the safety bit. “ManiQ can be applied super thin which allows me to layer multiples colors without adding bulk to the nail. I prefer the safety bit for filing out this design because of its smooth, fine cut,” he says. Despite the multiple layers, Huynh says it’s a 30-minute service and charges a minimum of $45.
First, prep the natural nail or artificial enhancement, as you would for gel-polish, and apply a layer of Protein Bond. Then apply a thin layer of four different ManiQ colors, curing after each coat. (Here Huynh layers ManiQ White 101, Blue 104, Coral 101, and Black 101.) Apply topcoat, cure, and wipe away the sticky layer.
Using the Young Nails safety bit, start filing in random spots with light pressure through the coats of color to see the color layers. Once you get your desired look, buff the nail lightly with a sponge buffer. Finally, apply top coat and cure.
The safety bit is also another option to removing ManiQ gel-polish besides soaking it off. "Push back the cuticles then use the safety bit on a low setting to lightly remove the ManiQ color. You do not need to remove the base coat," advises Tracey Reirson, Young Nails education manager. "Lightly buff the nail smooth and then you can begin application with a new color."
Huynh uses this removal technique in his salons and credits this process for his repeat clients. The trick is in the lower e-file setting. "The slower your e-file is spinning the more product you are filing through which means faster service times. But do not try to e-file all the way to the natural nail," he says. Huynh also trains his staff on using e-files, starting them off with the safety bit so they can ease into it without fear of cutting their models.