Mastering Acrylic

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What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?

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This Post Has 25 Questions

  1. EmmaJane Casse

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?

    1.filing for a backfill

    2.gettting nice and close to cuticle

    3. Removal

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. Filing enough off at removal

    2. Structure still and making sure it is correct with backfill

    3. My timing

    What are three things that really surprised you?

    1. How quick a backfill is

    2.how easy repairs are

    3. How quick you can need a backfill

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1. Definitely try and do IBX after removal

    2.be sure to file right down with a crack do you don’t end up with greenies

    3. Soak for 20min

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?

    1. Practice Practice Practice!!

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      Penny

      The speed of backfills makes them so fun for me!

  2. Georgia McGregor

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?

    1. Getting close to the cuticle, but not too close

    2. Speed when backfilling

    3. Re-adjusting the structure of the acrylic nail when it comes time for a fill

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. Making sure my initial application is flawless so there is minimal lifting to have to remove

    2. Not filing out my side walls!

    3. File enough product off so my soak off is faster

    What are three things that really surprised you?

    1. Acrylic soaks off faster when you just let it sit for 20 mins or so

    2. Even when acrylic is removed properly, minor damage can still happen

    3. Repairs don’t take too long and can be pretty easy

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1. Using IBX after a removal will do wonders for the natural nails

    2. Completely remove the cracks or lifting

    3. Don’t force the acrylic off when soaking

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?

    1. Be gentle when removing acrylic and super thorough when removing lifting for a back fill. Bacteria can easily get under the nail!

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      Penny

      Working on initial application instead of filing is SUCH a good goal <3

  3. Anthea Whittle

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?

    1. Speed – I’m getting quicker with acrylic every time I do it

    2. Remembering the properties of different powders and the effect monomer has on them (clear vs white vs concealer)

    3. Rebalance cuticles roooocked 🙂

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. Stroking out the blend

    2. Thinning out the product more to make removal easier – it has taken a long time whenever I’ve done a soak off

    3. Wouldn’t mind having another crack at some cracks 🙂

    What are three things that really surprised you?

    1. How cracks are repaired is really interesting

    2. How to rebalance french seems a bit crazy but actually makes total sense

    3. How well my backfill came out 🙂

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1. That when you clip acrylic is it super brittle and -flies-

    2. How convenient a backfill is vs a fresh set – so much quicker

    3. That my gel doesn’t love adhering to acrylic – after buffing to 180 it seems to work better if I use a layer of brush on gel before moving to gel colour.

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?

    1. Work on being confident picking up different types of beads and recognising what product exactly (and if) you need to add.

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      Penny

      Hahaha I hate to think how many random bits of acrylic are out in the world somewhere because they flew and I never found them again

      1. Anthea Whittle

        I have at least one of those, let’s hope it’s living its best life lol

  4. Hannah Pink

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?

    1. repair cracks in the nail

    2. speed at backfilling

    3. filing my backfill

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. thinning out the nail enough so removal is faster

    2. my structure

    3. not filling out my side walls

    What are three things that really surprised you?

    1. how much monomer you use in a backfill

    2. how long it takes to do a backfill

    3. how easy it is to repair a crack or break without having to redo the whole nail

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1. don’t force off the acrylic when removing

    2. apply ibx after removal

    3. how fast a backfill is

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?

    1. practice really is your best friend

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      Penny

      When trying to keep nails thin (to avoid having to thin them later), think with every bead ‘Can I fix this with filing?’ – everything can be fixed by adding product (another bead) or removing product (filing) and lots of people default to adding adding adding when they don’t need to 🙂

  5. Gurinderjeet Kaur

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?

    1. Backfill

    2. Repair a crack

    3. Application around the cuticle getting better

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. Filling before removal

    2. French smile lines

    3. Surface filing

    What are three things that really surprised you?

    1. Backfill is so quick

    2. Filling in product in crack is quicker than I thought

    3. Really need to put on a mask when filing

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1. Up selling IBX after removal

    2. File as much as you can to make removal easier

    3. Don’t force off the product while removing

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?
    Practice as much as you can

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      Penny

      LOVE the speed of a backfill!

  6. Carmen Christie

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?

    1.Repairing a crack!!

    2.Backfill was easier than i thought

    3.Im definately getting quicker

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1.Still my filing

    2.removal .. donot peek
    for 30 mins!!
    3.Correct ratios for the beads

    What are three things that really surprised you?

    1.How fast and easy a backfill was

    2.that a crack can be repaired and takes very little time

    3.That if you remove acrylis correctly there is little to no damage

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1.Donot check too early

    2.If you dont have the correct bead dont try and use it get a new one

    3.File as much as you can before soak off

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?

    1.This is fun keep going! Give it your all

    It would be lovely if you then went and commented on someone else’s post that you relate to!

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      Penny

      Backfills are my fave 😀

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    Dianne Theron

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?
    1. Improving my application time
    2. Natural nail prep
    3. Getting acrylics to last for a good 4 weeks

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. Thickness of application
    2. Removal time
    3. Cuticle application

    What are three things that really surprised you?
    1. How easy and quick a backfill is
    2. You can rebalance French applications

    What are three things you will never forget?
    1. Do not use cleanser on anything that isn’t the natural nail
    2. Only add prep and primer to the natural nail when doing a backfill

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?
    Use a heated wheat bag when doing an acrylic removal to speed up removal time. Just place a towel on clients hands before placing down wheat bag and make sure the client is comfortable with the heat. This works wonders with gel and dip removal as well.

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      Penny

      Awesome advice!!

  8. Kelly

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?

    1. Judging good beads vs bad ones

    2. Natural nail prep

    3. Perimeter filing

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. Blending and stroking product into the existing product

    2. French tip application

    3. Remembering to pinch in time

    What are three things that really surprised you?

    1. How simple cracks & breaks are to fix

    2. How quick a backfill can be

    3. How much easier forms are than tips

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1. Make sure the nail is cured enough before trying to take the form off

    2. Thin the product out as much as possible before soaking for removal

    3. Check structure always

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?

    1. Be thorough in your service but don’t overthink it. Most mistakes can be fixed.

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      Penny

      “1. Make sure the nail is cured enough before trying to take the form off” – Eep I still mess this up on a cold day when I’m being impatient!

  9. Mackenzie Dunn

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?
    1. Being patient to allow enough time for the acrylic to soak, for easy removal
    2. Fixing my cracks & breaks, to make it look like it never happened
    3. Remembering my 10 filing steps
    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. Structure, getting it thin enough but making sure I still have an apex
    2. Perimeter filing, getting the perfect square as I sometimes get 1 nail coffin shape.
    3. Using less product
    What are three things that really surprised you?
    1. My patience
    2. That there’s a difference between backfilling & rebalancing
    3. How speedy backfilling is rather than removal
    What are three things you will never forget?
    1. 10 filing steps
    2. How to fix a crack or break
    3. How important structure is
    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?
    1. Patience is key to easy removal, don’t rush the process.

    1. Stephanie Greville

      Great advice for being patient with removal 🙂

  10. Alisha Holden

    3 Things you nailed:
    – leaving enough time so that the acrylic soaks of with ease
    – fixing a crack
    – 10 filing steps
    3 things to work on:
    – using less product
    -not filing out my structure
    – surface filing and being careful around the cuticle area
    3 things that suprised you:
    – how easy it is to fix cracks and breaks
    – that you can ‘refiill’ a french extenstion
    – how quick a backfill is
    3 things you wont forget:
    – thin out product as much as possible before removing
    – don’t force acrylic off
    – leave enough time to soak
    advice:
    be patient with your acrylic removal

    1. Stephanie Greville

      Nice work Alisha – learning how much product to file before soaking definitely can be a journey! But like you say, as long as we are patient and don’t force the product then we can be sure we are not damaging the nail underneath 🙂

  11. Amy Kirikiri

    3 things I nailed:
    – Recognising when I’m chasing the lifting
    – Filing from behind the lifting to get a more flush outcome
    – seeing that my work is not getting much lifting
    3 things to work on:
    – Can never be too thorough with prep for good adhesion
    – My confidence filing near the cuticle
    – achieving a better removal time
    3 things that surprised me:
    – just how long a removal can take…
    – How quick back fills are (if the lifting isn’t too bad)
    – that my application is definitely getting better
    3 things i wont forget:
    – filing down well for soak offs
    – not to chase the lifting!
    – to file from behind the lifting 🙂
    Advice – acrylic removals will test your patience… but its worth waiting!

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      Nicole Leatham

      Hey Amy!
      Yes totally! I think lots of people our surprised at how long acrylic removals can take, especially when starting out. Great point you have made to thin out as much as possible for soaks offs, totally worth it. Amazing to hear your work is not getting much lifting – you must be prepping and applying really well. Well done 🙂 ^Nicole

  12. Carolyn Jacobsen

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this module?
    1. The difference between wet and dry beads.
    2. Fixing cracks and breaks.
    3. Cuticle application when backfilling

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. Making sure the Apex is in the right place.
    2. Thinning out as much as poss before removal.
    3. Timing on removal

    What are three things that surprised you?
    1. How long it actually takes to remove a set.
    2. How easy backfilling is.
    3. That i actually taught myself to pick up great bead sizes.

    What are three things you will never forget?
    1. If it’s too wet/dry, wipe it off on wipe and try again.
    2. How to fix a crack/break
    3. Ratios and sizes of beads for each part or Acrylic application.

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this module?
    Practise makes perfect. When you think about giving up – try again 🙂

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      Nicole Leatham

      Hi Kelly! So great to seee you’ve learnt so much during this module. Agree it’s super important and great to see you’ve noted if a bead isn’t quite right it’s better to just get rid of it and pick up another. Totally agree that practice makes perfect too – so worth the perseverance in the end! Well done 🙂 ^Nicole

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