This month your techs have been focusing on perfecting their acrylic nails, especially ironing out any troubleshooting issues such as getting the arch placement right (18%), sealing infills in properly (13%) and getting that bead consistency correct (10%). We also asked what you prefer to use when creating sets and tips came out top with two thirds of the vote, with only 34% preferring forms.
Check out our new acrylic nails troubleshooting series on page 80, where leading techs answer all your acrylic questions over the next few months. In this issue, session tech Marian Newman explains why you shouldn’t mix gel-polish into acrylic liquid to create acrylic colours.
Meanwhile, with the issue of sustainability in the beauty industry back in the spotlight, just under half (43%) of you are now recycling your nail tools instead of throwing them away to reduce the amount of waste going to landfills.
On the spot
Which acrylic troubleshooting issue do your techs struggle with most?
1. Getting the arch placement right every time (18%)
2. Sealing infills in properly (13%)
3. Getting the liquid-to-powder ratio right (10%)
4. Over-filing of the side walls (7%)
9% use an extraction unit to remove dust and fumes
Do you use forms or tips when doing acrylic sets?
1. Tips (66%)
2. Forms (34%)
Which of these measures do you take to prevent contact allergies?
1. Adequate ventilation (41%)
2. Using the correct lamp for systems (40%)
3. Wearing gloves (38%)
4. Not mixing different brands together (31%)
5. Not shaping a brush with fingers or touching uncured layers (26%)
43% recycle their nail tools instead of throwing them away
Which product have you sold online the most during lockdown 2.0?
1. Cuticle oil (28%)
2. Hand cream (15%)
3. Hand sanitiser (9%)
4. Base coat (1%)
5. Top coat (1%)
METHODOLOGY Insider is compiled from a monthly survey of spas and beauty salons. The people who participated represent a cross-section of the industry and were polled by email from November 26–December 10, regarding business for the month to November 30. Nail business for the Insider Nails page was calculated from data provided by salons that offer nail services among other treatments. The figures given represent the average score for each answer. Brands are ranked when mentioned by several respondents.