Delivering a perfect acrylic set for clients is what every nail tech strives for, but liquid and powder (L&P) isn’t always the easiest medium to work with. L&P is a technique that many techs struggle with, especially in terms of preventing issues such as lifting (20%) and cracking (19%) from occurring. As well as turning to their team and nail mentors for advice, just under a fifth (18%) also watch nail hack videos on TikTok and Instagram Reels to help them with challenges.
Many of you are also doing refresher training with your team on how to increase the shelf life of your products as this can also help to deliver a great service for clients. For just under two thirds (61%), regularly wiping pots so there’s no product build up is key, while storing containers out of direct sunlight (59%) and keeping lids shut when filing and buffing (43%) are also things your team do. For insight into spring/summer’s hottest nail art trends, turn to page 81.
On the spot
How do you improve the shelf life of your nail products?
1. Regularly wipe pots so there’s no build up (61%)
2. Store them out of direct sunlight (59%)
3. Clean brushes after each use to prolong life (45%)
4. Keep pots closed when buffing/filing (43%)
Which issue do your techs struggle with most when working with liquid and powder?
1. Lifting (20%)
2. Cracking (19%)
3. Bubbling (3%)
4. Surface frosting (3%)
18% watch nail hack videos on TikTok and Instagram Reels
Month in numbers
14 nail treatments performed on average per week in January
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 January 31–February 14, regarding business for the month to January 31. 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.