The Theory of Nails

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This Post Has 93 Questions

  1. Deeane

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?
    1. Quiz 2. life cycle of an acrylate 3.

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. Pronunciation of the names 2. thinking about the chemical process when using all these things so that 3. better understand pro/con of each type of acrylate for the job

    What are three things that really surprised you?
    1. Monomer, I haven’t done or had L&P acrylics before and always sort of thought of it like slip solution 2. nail glues – had never really thought about what they were before 3. that all these products are just different stages of the same thing

    What are three things you will never forget?
    1. life cycle of acrylate 2. what the products actually are and 3. why they do what they do when certain things happen

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?
    1. take your time, it looks more overwhelming than it is (once you get the life cycle)

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      Penny

      I love those surprises, I find them so interesting!

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    Dianne Theron

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?
    1. Different types of Acrylates 2. “Pocket Lifting” as this has happened to me a few times in the past
    3. Identifying a bead that is too wet

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. The spelling of Cyanoacrylates
    2. Mixing ratios of Acrylics, excited for this module to come
    3. Not getting primer on the skin

    What are three things that really surprised you?
    1. Learning about acid-based primer, seems really harsh
    2. The cycle that Acrylates go through until they are Polymerised
    3. That Artistic products can be used together, really excited to learn more about this

    What are three things you will never forget?
    1. How adhesives work (by sticking to the keratin in your nail plate)
    2. The difference between Polymer and A Polymer
    3. What ingredient is an Initiator

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?
    1. Make sure you spell the names correctly eg. Cyanoacrylates and Benzoyl Peroxide – had to change my notes because I kept spelling them wrong

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      Penny

      Understanding pocket lifting changed everything for me!

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    Olivia Loveridge

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

    1.The Life Cycle of Acrylate

    2. Definitions and differences between monomer/ oligomer / polymer

    3. A & B scale

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. Understanding how the ingredients interact with each other

    2. As I get more comfortable in my knowledge, refine my flash cards… right now they are whatever the opposite of concise is

    3. Practice saying and spelling dimethyltolylamine

    What are three things that really surprised you?

    1. That all of these common products are from different stages of the same cycle

    2. The causes and effects of shrinkage

    3. What is actually happening when you feel a heat spike

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1. To explain to a client what to do if they feel a heat spike and why it’s important for the finished result

    2. To use the life cycle and A-B scale to make recommendations based on client needs

    3. Keep the salon room comfortable – not too hot, not too cold

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

    1. Make sure you have plenty of eggs, after the first video you’ll be thinking about baked goods…

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      Penny

      I love that you have flashcards, I’m a flashcard girl too 🙂

  4. Lisa Johnson

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

    1. The quiz eventually

    2. That i wont store liquids near my other products they are being stored in there own cubboard

    3. a-b cycle

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. correct temperatures of room and products not too hot not too cold

    2. understanding and remembering how the different ingredients work alone and together

    3. do not get acid based primer on your skin (good job im gonna stick with the monaco brands)

    What are three things that really surprised you?

    1. that artistic brand hard gels and liquid & powder products can all be used together

    2. hard gels and polygels don’t dissolve at all.

    3. Primers are used for adhesion when doing liquid and powder nails

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1. Monomer = 1 unit Polymer = many units Oligomers = few units

    2. Shock curing

    3. im definately going to use the A-B scale to show a client why i recommend what I recommend, need to do a drawing of this that’s laminated that i can bring out, that simplifies it for them. Would be even better if you had one i could just print out Penny.

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

    1. Yes you would be right i too think this is the hardest section so far, but just keep going and take lots and lots of notes, this will be amazing when qualified to be able to look back through.

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

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      Penny

      Will add it to the to-do list! 🙂

  5. Casey Boyed

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?
    1.spelling and pronunciations
    2.the polymerisation wheel

    3.reducing shrinkage

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1.the quiz tripped me up between initiator and molecule. I thought it was a trick question as it’s an initiator molecule.

    2. I thought the generic term was a term used by clients so thought acrylic was the correct answer but in actual fact I knew the answer… need to stop overthinking it!

    3.the video for this module is what I’ll be listening to whilst in the shower for the next week and in the car so I never get confused again!

    What are three things that really surprised you?

    1. What shrinkage actually meant and what causes it

    2.that all the different acrylate nail products were made in the same vat – what made them different was when they were removed and packaged.

    3.pink colorants reduce yellowing and discolouration from uv

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1. Monomers being introverts

    2. How to prevent shrinkage

    3.process in which products are made

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

    1. Don’t overthink it! I save the videos for when I’m in the shower or driving and replay them so that when it comes to reading it you’ll be like oh yes I remember that! Doing it the other way around you can try finishing Penny’s sentances!

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      Penny

      I think you’re the first person to say spelling and pronunciation, well done!

      And yes, but an initiator molecule is just one TYPE of molecule 🙂

      I LOVE that advice too!!

  6. Briony Ward

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?
    1. Reviewing it multiple times
    2. The difference in adhesion between gel polish and builder / Acrylic on a natural nail
    3. The life cycle of Acrylate

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. Mix Ratios
    2. Pronouncation and spelling!
    3. Understanding the Exothermic reactions

    What are three things that really surprised you?
    1. How many different chemicals/ parts there are in Nail product
    2. How they all piece together
    3. The difference in Strength between the products

    What are three things you will never forget?
    1. Holding hands vs linking arms
    2. Choosing the right service for the client
    3. The difference between Artistic and everyone else

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?
    1. Watch the videos, take not, take your time! There’s a lot to take in this module!!

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      Penny

      Yay I’m glad holding hands vs linking arms stuck with you!

  7. NickiLysaght

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

    1. Choosing the right service for the right client, and not being afraid to offer them another service than what they are requesting.

    2. the wheel about polymerization has been able to stick in my brain and i’m finding it easy to reference to.

    3. Taking my time and revising over a few weeks what I’ve learned.

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. Trying to retain everything, this is a huge module and am hoping can do justice to it in the assessment.

    2. Temperatures in my house for client comfort and for my products. nothing is close to a window or sunlight but it can get very warm in my room.

    3. Understanding the reactions that all products go through to get to the end result

    What are three things that really surprised you?

    1. The strength between all the products and what actually suits the clients may not necessarily be what they are asking for.

    2. How much more studying I need to do, wow this section really blew my mind and I do think I’ve retained alot but trying to sink more in is hard :0

    3. Adhesion and it’s processors.

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1. Using the wheel or the A – B of all the nail products

    2. Removal of products, I only use soft gels and correction so has always been easy to remove.

    3. Flexibility and about the effects can have on the natural nail.

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

    1. Oh my gosh study study study.

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      Penny

      The A-B Scale is a lot of info so if you’ve got that down, you’re well on your way!

  8. Carmen Christie

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

    1.Understanding That Mono means one mer means one unit Polymers many units. Oligomers means few units

    2.Monomers are liquid polymers are a solid

    3.Shrinkage and the causes.. Curing too fast, follow the manufactures directions, work slightly dryer ,keep product cool and client cool and your room

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1.Holy moly lots this was a lot to take in…Making the best choice for your client on the A-B scale ..

    2.Just totally understanding the process of polymerisation and the processes to get to it

    3.Wraps, going to re read my notes over and over

    What are three things that really surprised you?

    1.That fast is not always best!

    2.That MMA is safe in powder form

    3.That i took 17 massive pages of notes for this module and i need to go back and study it all now

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1.Acrylic enhancements maybe harder but they dont give the flexibility that a gel polish would . They are more likely to lift

    2.Monomers Cyanoacrylates Oligomers Polymers they go round and round in my head….I wont forget which order they go in

    3.What exothermic means.. heat spike .. warm is ok but over heating is not .. Slow the process of curing dowm

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

    1.WOW study study study this one take heaps of notes go back read and re read

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      Penny

      17 pages! You’re amazing!

  9. Becs

    What are three things you’ve absoutely nailed in this module?
    1. Polymerisation/ curing
    2. Mono meaning one, Mer meaning unit
    3. Cross-linking monomers.

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. increase and the reducing of shrinkage.
    2. Ingredients that are being used (using my own research) and recognising them.
    3. Exothermic reactions just making sure i fully understand

    What are three things that really surprised you?
    1. That my pronounication is improving with some difficult words hehe ( dont ask me though lol)
    2. Why flexibility is important and the products you use as it can cause lifiting
    3. Artistic and everyone else, was an interesting little read

    What are three things you will never forget?
    1. Shock Curing
    2. A-B chart a great reference for when doing clients recommendations
    3. Primer! (Wetting Agent) helping hand in the adhesion department and one that can be forgetton ha!

    What advice would you give a newbie starting this module?
    Bake a chocolate cake, Make some flashcards and STUDY STUDY STUDY, i found this module really interesting but also still lots to be learnt!

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      Penny

      HAHA ‘Bake a chocolate cake’ – kinetic learning at it’s absolute finest

  10. Laura Mackinlay

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

    1. I nailed in this module understanding the diagram this really then carries on to make even more sense when reading the slides after, my mind kept looking back the diagram you had drawn.

    2. I nailed starting to use better terminology like polymerising rather then curing. I can use these in a professional setting but also know that i can use the common term in explaining to a client in a way they will understand if they asked the question.

    3. I nailed understanding the A-B sides of the cycle diagram

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. I need to work on actually using product, I am waiting until I have finished this to then look at what to do next. Just so i can put a name to a product.

    2. I need to work on getting a space that is suitable to bring clients into when I get there, I know and can visualise what I want it is just hard at the mo with renting and not having our own space.

    3. I need to work on when practicing making sure I am making the right choice in working with them but making sure the right choice is being made to suit their needs in what to put on their nails or getting them to try

    What are three things that really surprised you?

    1. I was surprised to learn that acrylates are types of plastic. I would not have thought that eg a gel polish is plastic going onto my nail as it is a liquid but learning how these polymerise it all makes sense/

    2. I was surprised to learn that cooling the product down will make the curing process slower. But hand tips to know eg having an ice back cover to cool product down on a hot day.

    3. I was surprised to learn that products that set to fast can cause shrinkage but then to products that set too slow can cause microscopic pulling

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1. I will never forget that monomer is one unit, Oligomer is few units.

    2. I will never forget that Polymerisation is the act of turing a liquid into a solid.

    3. Polymerisation is caused by an initiator molecule.

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

    1. Take your time, I sat down and did this in two parts as there is a lot of information to take in

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      Penny

      Love how much detail you’ve put in here, this is awesome! Re renting, honestly as long as you set reasonable expectations and then meet them, no one will be upset. I did nails from a spare bedroom for years and years and just made sure people knew that’s what they were booking for 🙂

  11. Annette Howard

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

    1. Acrylate family.

    2. Damage never caused by product, caused by people – either in the way it is applied, looked after or removed

    3. Difference between soft and hard gels.

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. Gel should never touch the skin.

    2. Using thinner coats of gel will help with shrinkage.

    3. avoid exothermic through less product, correct ratios, cold or moderate temperatures in room, client picking of polish, overfiling- if temp uncomfortable tell client to take hand out.

    What are three things that really surprised you?

    1. How incredibly scientific this all is.

    2. How much you need to know about chemistry as a nail technician

    3.

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1. know clients history and lifestyle to help with best nail procedure to have.

    2. Do not over file, or pick off polish, or scrape too hard when taking polish off.

    3. Don’t store liquid and resin together.

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

    1. Take amazing notes as they become very useful to refer back to.

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      Penny

      Now to make it public knowledge that damage is caused by people, not product!

  12. Narina Walia

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

    1.
    2. Keeping room/clients at the correct temperatures
    3. Importance of proper prep

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. The ‘polymerisation wheel’
    2. Understanding the different reactions, good and bad
    3. Choosing the right product for clients

    What are three things that really surprised you?

    1. All acrylate nail products are made the same, with different removing times
    2. Shrinkage is very normal
    3. Exothermic reactions – difference between warming and overheating

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1. Always follow manufactures instructions and using products as intended
    2. Warning clients about what to expect in the lamp
    3. WORK THIN!!

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

    1. Follow your traning

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      Penny

      Great work! Let me know if there’s any way I can help with the wheel stuff 🙂

  13. Tessa Wilson

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?
    1. The life cycle of an Acrylate.
    2. The advantages and Disadvantages of Oligomers
    3. Understanding Exothermic reactions more
    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. My ratios of powder and liquid
    2. Understanding all the chemistry in depth more, just in general.
    3. Making sure I remember to always do thin layers.
    What are three things that really surprised you?
    1. The information of The 2 different primers, and that we use non acid, which is another good thing to let my clients know.
    2. The dyes that are used in polymer to stop the product from discoloring. Learning about the different additives in the product was interesting.
    3. How important it is to know all the information in the chemistry section, eeekkk.
    What are three things you will never forget?
    1. To communicate to my clients about exothermic reactions and what to do if it occurs.
    2. Learn to get better at working thinly with my gel polish applications to avoid the reactions.
    3. The process of adhesion, Making sure the nail is prepped correctly and safely
    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?
    1. Take and Go over your notes as much as you can, I’m not the best academically so taking lots of notes was a must for me! 🙂

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      Penny

      You’ve retained so much already, you’re doing awesome!

  14. Carolyn Jacobsen

    What are the three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this module?
    1. The quiz.
    2. Understanding the differences on the A & B scale.
    3. The lifecycle of an Acrylate.

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. Memorizing the risks that can cause shrinkage
    2. Becoming familiar with the different types of Acrylates.
    3. Making the best choices for your client.

    What are three things that really surprised you?
    1. The amount of stuff that goes into making each product.
    2. How quickly Exothermic reactions happen if you aren’t careful.
    3. The causes and effects of shrinkage

    What are three things you will never forget?
    1. Monomer (1 unit), Polymer (Many units) and Oligomer (A few units)
    2. To use a Ice Pack under the towel to cool down the clients hands.
    3. Using thinner coats reduces the effects of shrinkage.

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this module?
    1. Take your time and take notes. If you take a break between each chapter – then revise what you last went over before continuing. It refreshes the mind and makes it easier to understand and absorb more.

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      Penny

      Great advice! I do the same when writing them haha

  15. Dee

    What are the three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this module?
    1. The quiz
    2. Oligomer products are a good choice for people who touch water a lot as it is more flexible with the natural nail plate
    3. Understanding Exothermic reactions

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?

    1. Acrylates – The differences
    2. The polymerisation wheel
    3. Would really like to switch my products ie, rid of the acid primers etc

    What are three things that really surprised you?
    1. Shrinkage happens and its normal
    2. All acrylates start as monomers
    3. Each product is removed from the same vat at a different stage

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1. How quickly exothermic reactions can happen
    2. Work thin
    3. Prep for adhesian is very important

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this module?
    1. Notes Notes Notes lol 🙂

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      Penny

      Good on you! Most brands now have acid-free options 🙂

  16. Gurinderjeet Kaur

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

    1. Cyanoacrylates are moisture sensitive and clients should wear gloves whenever possible

    2. The professional nail industry uses advanced monomer adhesives, not glue. But glue is a commonly used word.

    3. The quiz

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. To work thin

    2. Finish other modules quickly so I can come back and read all of this again.

    3. Practice to pronounce and spell the chemicals names properly.

    What are three things that really surprised you?

    1. Ventilated desks are often quite cold to work over

    2. The way of Adhesives are formulated- they work nest when there is no air, most set slowly or turn into rubbery jelly but when the air supply is cut off, like when you press a tip down onto a nail it polymerises quickly. Which is beneficial for Nail techs.

    3. True glues are adhesives made from animal proteins. And no Nail Adhesives are made from animal by-products.

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1. To use good quality buffers, when they are worn throw them out.

    2. Always follow the manufactures instructions to ensure the products are used as intended .

    3. Correct temperature

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      Penny

      Awesome work, you did a great job!

  17. Amy Kirikiri

    I totally nailed:
    1. That Monomer is one unit, Polymer is many units and Oligomer is few units
    2. That Polymerisation is the act of turning a liquid into a solid
    3. The A to B scale and its relevance when determining the best service for a client
    I need to work on:
    1. getting more familiar with which categories each of my products fall in to
    2. working on my powder/liquid ratio
    3. working thin to achieve the best cure
    It surprised me that:
    1. Cyonoacrylates are initiated by moisture and can be effected by moisture even if only very slightly exposed
    2. Incorrect ratios lead to shrinkage
    3. if curing happens too slow, it can cause microscopic pulling
    Ill never forget:
    1. Work thin!
    2. The consequences of bead thats too wet
    3. using ice packs under a couple of towels is a great way to keep your clients nice and cool in summer 🙂
    Advice: spend a bit of time on this one, its A LOT of information!

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      Penny

      You’ve done really well taking that all in!

  18. Mamta Behl

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?
    1.spelling and pronunciations
    2.the polymerisation wheel
    3.reducing shrinkage
    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1.the quiz tripped me up between initiator and molecule. I thought it was a trick question as it’s an initiator molecule.
    2. I thought the generic term was a term used by clients so thought acrylic was the correct answer but in actual fact I knew the answer… need to stop overthinking it!
    3.the video for this module is what I’ll be listening to whilst in the shower for the next week and in the car so I never get confused again!
    What are three things that really surprised you?
    1. What shrinkage actually meant and what causes it
    2.that all the different acrylate nail products were made in the same vat – what made them different was when they were removed and packaged.
    3.pink colorants reduce yellowing and discolouration from uv
    What are three things you will never forget?
    1. Monomers being introverts
    2. How to prevent shrinkage
    3.process in which products are made
    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?
    Continue practicing and watch videos again and again if don’t understand once or twice😊

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      Penny

      An initiator is a type of molecule for sure, but not all molecules are initiators 🙂

      Love the car and shower plan!

  19. Eden Tarapata

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed this Module?
    1- Monomer is a liquid, Polymer is a solid and an Oligomer is somewhere in between the two.
    2- Loose chains are more flexible and tight chains are not very flexible.
    3- Knowing what reduces shrinkage.

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1- Being confident when it comes to knowing what service is best for my client.
    2- I will read over my notes again and again.
    3- Getting a good mix ratio.

    What are three things the really surprised you?
    1- There are 50 monomers in a single grain of acrylic powder
    2- Evaporating particles of a cyanoacrylate can polymerize on your eyeballs!
    3- Glue is made from animal products.

    What are three things you will never forget?
    1- MMA in powder form is safe.
    2- Match your liquid and powder brands.
    3- The A-B scale.

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this module?
    Its a lot of information to take in. Write your notes and watch the video as much as you need too.

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      Penny

      Awesome work, well done Eden!

  20. Becca

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?
    1. Going back over things until they made sense.
    2. Explaining the different methods of polymerisation to my partner to check my understanding as I went.
    3. 100% in the quiz, whoop.

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. Knowing enough about each service to ensure I’m confident doing recommendations and troubleshooting.
    2. Understanding the difference between the initiators, catalysts and accelerators in each product.
    3. Remembering to be careful not to get products on the skin once I start the Manicures & Pedicures course, as I didn’t realise how dangerous it could be.

    What are three things that really surprised you?
    1. Nail techs and clients can develop allergies to acrylates; usually specific ones rather than all of them.
    2. When your eyes sting when you’re close to resin it is because monomers are polymerising on your eyeballs!
    3. Buffing is actually a cleaning step rather than about changing the texture of the nail.

    What are three things you will never forget?
    1. Nail damage is caused by people rather than products, so it’s important that clients know what to expect from a service and they are given the best service for their lifestyle.
    2. Shrinkage of product up to 12% is quite normal, but over shrinkage can cause lifting, cracking or heat spikes.
    3. The analogy about a group of people standing together to explain the features of different acrylates (e.g. flexibility and strength).

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?
    This is a tough one if science isn’t your strong suit (like me). However there are examples throughout which reinforce why it’s important to know it.

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      Penny

      LOVE that you explained polymerisation to your partner to practice!

      I repeat “Nail damage is caused by people rather than products” at least 3-4 times a day to clients haha

  21. abbey benyon

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

    1. continuing my research, trying not to rush

    2. about the difference between liquid and solids in the nail world

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. remembering everything

    2. trying to remember the technical terms of products

    3. the harms of proudcts

    What are three things that really surprised you?

    1. ventilation desks are very cold to work over

    2. how you can be allergic to acrylate

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1. liquid v powder

    2. dangers

    3. different product work well and bad with other products

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

    1. READ IT OVER

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      Penny

      Not rushing is great, you’ll remember so much more 🙂

  22. Chelsea Small

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?
    1. Taking lots and lots of notes
    2. Learning how to use the information from this module to choose the correct service for the client. It completely relates back to the first section of this module where you do your client consultations.
    3. THIN LAYERS

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. What products are monomers, cyanoacrylates, oligomers, polymers and acrylates
    2. Remembering what the
    3. Remembering the things that both speed up and slow down polymerisation

    What are three things that really surprised you?
    1. There is a lot of chemistry in the working of nail products. And it is really important to know about so things like over curing, under curing, exothermic reactions or shock curing don’t happen
    2. Shock curing of cyanoacrylates is really, really easy to do
    3. Mix ratios are incredibly important

    What are three things you will never forget?
    1. Exothermic reactions and watching out for movement in the clients hand while its in the lamp
    2. Ensuring the products do not touch the skin
    3. Keeping cyanoacrylates away from moisture

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?
    1. There are a lot of big words and a lot of information in this section of the module and it’s very easy to get confused. Just take your time to really understand everything if you are getting confused.

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      Penny

      Looooove that you’re relating it back to the first chapter!

  23. Mackenzie Dunn

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

    1.the quiz

    2. getting though this long module of chemistry

    3. remebering most of the module

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. the process of polymers

    2. learning what ingredeint is used for in monomer and powder

    3.recommending the right service for the client

    What are three things that really surprised you?

    1. HEMA is not the cause of smell in monomer the initiator(benzyl peroxide) is

    2. that acrylates are a type of plastic and include all types of systems

    3.tip glue cures because of humidity in the air and natural mositure of the nail plate

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1.thin layers are best

    2. the acrylate life cycle

    3. to keep cynoacrylates away from moisture like alcohol, water and weak alkaline products

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

    1. KEEP WIRITNG THEM NOTES!!!

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      Penny

      You did great!

  24. Tennessee Teddy

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

    1. the life cycle of an acrylate.

    2. the difference between a monomer, polymer and oligomer

    3. the quiz.

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. mix ratios

    2. making sure to completely read over this section multiple times, ( its been my favourite one by far but there’s SO MUCH IMPORTANT INFO TO REMEMBER 🙂 )

    3. recommending the correct service to my clients

    What are three things that really surprised you?

    1. just how great of a brand artistic is.

    2. why flexibility is a important

    3. how the temperature of your products can really affect them and their ability to work properly.

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1. A-B SCALE

    2. exothermic creations.

    3.monomer = 1 unit oligomer = few units

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

    1. NOTES NOTES NOTES NOTES NOTES. there’s so much in this section but it is so so so important. your nearly there 🙂

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      Penny

      It’s my favourite too 😀

  25. Jayde Kruskopf

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?
    – what a monomer is
    – what a polymer is
    – describing the polymerisation process
    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    – knowing which service to recommend to my client
    – the lifecycle of an acrylate
    – characteristics of the different types of acrylates
    What are three things that really surprised you?
    – poly gel and hard gel can’t be soaked off
    – that liquid and powder doesn’t have good adhesion
    – that gel polish is weaker
    What are three things you will never forget?
    – difference between polymers, monomers and oligomers
    – what an exothermic reaction is
    – what happens to the nail once it has been shock cured
    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?
    – lots of notes and flashcards as this section is by far the hardest. There is lots of reading so take it all in and revise hard 🙂

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      Penny

      Awesome work, getting there!

  26. Caroline Sealy

    Three things I nailed:

    The acrylate lifecycle (thank you so much for explaining this in a diagram – so much easier for me to process and learn)
    The characteristics of the products in the A end vs the B end
    Managing to not confuse Benzoyl Peroxide as the initiator in liquid and powder vs photoinitiators for gel (“Photo” really helping with that!)
    4) (do I get a bonus point lol) double covalent bonds – just remembering them as double sided tape helped me remember that the bonding gel / base coat and primer products create double covalent bonds because that’s all we use them for – sticking one thing to the other (basically)

    Three things I need to continue to work on
    1) The person who’s nails break riding horses and has hard gel enhancements – I feel like I always get the recommendations wrong so gonna keep retrying that until I get it right lol
    2) Too wet vs too dry beads and the results- ie lifting, shrinkage, etc. I feel I will have a better handle on this when I start practicing with l&p
    3) temperature that exothermic reactions can get to

    Three things that surprised me
    1) the dip powder resin is POLYMERISING ON MY EYEBALLS
    2) artistic hard gel and acrylic using the same recipe allowing us to use hard gel in the same service with guarantee-able results
    3)MMA is in powders but is safe in this form

    Three things I will never forget
    1) EYEBALL POLYMERISATION lol – I think of this whenever I’m doing dip powders and my eyes sting. then I close my eyes and back away and close the bottle, then I quickly open my eyes thinking “Oh no don’t glue your eyes shut” lol (I’m largely kidding but also a teeny bit not)
    2)equating the lifecycle to the fluidity of the product. A end products are runnier than B end products with monomer being the runniest (obvs)
    3) utilise the rock hard brush on hard gel for adhesion under artistic rock hard L&P for a great combination of adhesion and flexibility on the nail plate with the strength of the l&p on top (particularly important while we are washing our hands 300 times a day, and as someone who enjoys fishing, will likely become my go to if I sadly break my natural nails and need extensions!

    Advise I would give to Newbies:

    I use the app “Goodnotes” on my iPad for taking notes and creating flash cards (specifically here I would put for example “Oligomer” up the top half, and then examples of oligomers and their characteristics in the bottom half) and then there’s a function in the app where you can test yourself using the flashcards you’ve created. OR you can print them out and use to study and test.
    I swear I don’t work for Goodnotes lol

    Also I found by drawing the diagrams myself – ie the lifecycle- and trying to replicate Penny’s whiteboards from memory, I’m able to better memorise and learn the lifecycle steps and characteristics.

    Also – think about the products you use in terms of how runny they are: the runnier they are the closer to the “funnel” they will be!

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      Penny

      Definite bonus points for a 4th Nailed It thing 🙂

      If you manage to glue your eyeballs shut with resin vapours I’ll be very impressed haha

      Obsessed with the effort and detail you put into this! LOVE!

  27. Claire Penharwood

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?
    1. understanding what a monomer is
    2. the process of polymerisation
    3. the quiz
    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. the chemical terms
    What are three things that really surprised you?
    1. the whole chemical process involved in doing nails
    2. the different names for everything
    What are three things you will never forget?
    1. the process of polymerisation
    2. what monomers, cyanoacrylates, oligomers and polymers are
    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?
    1. take as much notes as you can and its not as scary as it looks!

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      Penny

      Awesome work, it’s totally not scary 🙂

  28. Corne van Zyl

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?
    1. Getting through the module and still smiling, the chemistry bit got me slightly nervous but the scale and lifecycle really help me put it all together
    2. The quiz, went in feeling hesitant but nailed it
    3. The A to B scale and how to advise clients on product choices
    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. All the sub-categories of Acrylates
    2. Working on getting the mix ratios perfect
    3. Always making sure that room temperature is perfect and not too hot and keeping cooling items close to use when needed like ice packs.
    What are three things that really surprised you?
    1. The whole chemistry section really surprised me as one would never think that there is so much that goes into something that seems ‘straight forward’
    2. The baking comparison really helped me understand the process better
    3. That room and body temperature affects polymerisation and shrinkage
    What are three things you will never forget?
    1. Faster isn’t always better
    2. The lifecycle of acrylates and the A to B scale
    3. Exotherm can reach over 75C, that is really scorching and can only imagine the damage that could be done
    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?
    1. It seems very overwhelming in the beginning but it all comes together at the end. Take notes!

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      Penny

      I love this, I love that the analogies worked and that the A-B scale clicked and that you powered through even when it got hard!

  29. Suzie Beckley

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?
    1. Understanding shrinkage and the causes
    2. The quiz
    3. The characteristics of a bead that’s too wet
    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. Using the A-B scale to choose the right service for the client
    2. Keeping the space at the right temperature for the clients and the products
    3. Mixing ratios
    What are three things that really surprised you?
    1. That gel polish is actually a type of plastic
    2. The temperature of the room and clients hands affects the product application
    3. That hard gels and poly gels won’t dissolve
    What are three things you will never forget?
    1. The strength that acrylics will provide
    2. That an exotherm can reach in excess of 75 degrees
    3. To work thin – more thin layers are better than less thick layers
    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?
    1. There’s a lot of information, write your notes in a way that makes it less confusing

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      Penny

      Great work!

  30. Martine Kelly

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?
    1. A much better understanding of the different Acrylates and what best suits each clients needs and lifestyle
    2. Monomer =1 Unit Polymer= Many units and Oligomer= Few Units
    3. . That all the different Acrylates are made from the same ingredients and are made in the same vat and it is the stage they were removed from the process that sets them apart
    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. Gel should not touch the skin or the cuticle
    2. Mixing ratios
    3. Committing all this info to memory (at times during the video it sounded like a foreign language)
    What are three things that really surprised you?
    1. Don’t store liquid and resin together
    2. Any damage to the nail is caused by people NOT product
    3 Polygel and hard gel can’t be soaked off
    What are three things you will never forget?
    1. Most soft gels are soak off and most hard gels are file off
    2. The thicker the coating the less efficient the cure, it’s much better to apply 3 or 4 thin layers to allow light through for more effective curing
    3. Polymerisation on the eyeballs That would never have crossed my mind!!!

    My advice to a Newbie.
    This module can seem like a foreign language at times, don’t let it scare you off, one day this stuff will be second nature to you

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      Penny

      Totally a foreign language! I don’t think it makes sense until the definitions of the words finally click into place one day 🙂

  31. Alisha Holden

    3 Things you’ve nailed:
    1. The quiz
    2. the understanding of point A-B
    3. What a monomer is
    3 Things to work on:
    1. Remembering the difference between photoinitiator and the benzoyl peroxide initiator
    2. Which services to reccomend and why
    3. The mixing ratios
    3 Things that suprised you:
    1. that storing products such as liquid and resins together can lead to polymerisation
    2. That gel polish is a type of plastic
    3. That hard gels and poly gels don’t dissolve
    3 Things that you won’t forget:
    1. Always apply thin coats
    2. Always refer back to the cycle to figure out which service will be best for a client
    3. An exothermic reaction can reach 75 degrees C
    Advice:
    Don’t be too worried about how much information there is.. Just take lots of notes so that it can soon become muscle memory

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      Penny

      Yessss! Muscle memory is the best 🙂

  32. Kat Jamieson

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?
    1. the quiz 100% (which I waas surprised about, this section has been the hardest for me)
    2. Exothermic Reactions
    3. Monomers = one unit, polymers = many units, oligomers = few units

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. The mix ratios
    2. Having the room temp good for clients/hands/products
    3. The prep – it can always be better, so I want to continue to work on this

    What are three things that really surprised you?
    1. Glue is not glue
    2. Hand heat plays a big part in exothermic reactions
    3. faster isn’t better

    What are three things you will never forget?
    1. Taking my time – for the purpose of reducing exothermic reactions
    2. Prepping well
    3. Work Thin

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?
    1. Take notes, slow down, it’ll come to you

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      Penny

      You did great! And well done on 100% 😀

    2. Mala Alexander

      Well done on your 100% score Kat, I found this module very in depth and had to revisit the videos and sub sections a lot of times. All the best 🙂

  33. Ninette Muller

    Have Nailed:
    1. The Polymerisation wheel
    2. spelling Cyanoacrylates without looking 🙂
    3. the A to B stages
    Need to work on:
    1-3. Getting my head around all the new terms and getting them into the right order
    Really surprised :
    1. how much chemistry is involved.
    2. how i could be so confused/ mind blown but yet intrigued at the same time.
    3. that all the products are made of plastic/ acrylates! so cool!
    never forget:
    1. Hard gel cannot be soaked off
    2. polymer and polymers are not the same thing
    3. work thin!
    Advice to a newbie
    Make sure you take the time to watch the video, take notes and then read the notes and add more notes! so much info but it all does start making sense

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      Penny

      “2. spelling Cyanoacrylates without looking 🙂” hahaha love this!

  34. Chaitali Tailor

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?
    1. Monomer = one unit , Polymer= many unit , Oligomers= few unit
    2. Learning about A To B scale and give advice to client how to choose right product
    3.Understanding shrinkage and causes

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. Right ratio
    2. Do not get acid base primer on your skin
    3. Learning what ingredient is use for in monomer and powder

    What are three things that really surprised you?
    1. Importance about Flexibility
    2. How the temperature of the product can really effect on work
    3. Poly Gel and Hard Gel can’t be soak off

    What are three things you will never forget?
    1. To thin work
    2. Most soft gel are soak off and most hard gel are file off
    3. An Exothermic Reaction can reach 75 degree C

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?
    1. Take a more note as you can and Understanding about product you used

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      Penny

      Awesome retention, well done!

  35. Jordie Thompson

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?
    1. The quiz! Was nervous about this one, but happy I nailed it!
    2. Understanding the A to B scale
    3. Exothermic reactions
    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. Fully understanding all these new terms/ingredients
    2. Choosing the right product for each client
    3. Revising all my notes!
    What are three things that really surprised you?
    1. The amount of chemistry involved!
    2. That (most) types of nail enhancements are acrylates – for the clients that say no to acrylics but yes to gel – they’re both technically acrylics!
    3. How important mix ratios are
    What are three things you will never forget?
    1. The life cycle of an acrylate
    2. The baking analogies!
    3. To work thin
    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?
    1. So many notes and flash cards, if its starting to get confusing, rewatch the video!

    1. Stephanie Greville

      Great advice – one big bonus of the online content, is that its all sitting there waiting for you to rewatch it whenever you need 🙂

  36. Hannah Casson

    3 things I nailed: initiators start the polymerisation process, all nail products are acrylates, remember to work thin!
    3 things I need to work on: spelling of the chemicals names right, remembering the polymerisation wheel, the difference between etching and non-etching primers.
    3 things that really surprised me: how in depth the chemistry/science is behind nail products! keeping products cool and the client cool will reduce shrinkage and exothermic reactions, that there isa brand that you can use their gel product with their powder and liquid products!
    3 things I will never forget: temperature of the product and client are important to take into account, if the ratios of the accelerator and catalyst is incorrect the faster or slower polymerisation can occur, knowing the chemistry is important for safety!
    newbie tips: make a quick reference guide for terms to ensure you don’t get confused!

    1. Stephanie Greville

      Great work 🙂

  37. Michelle Kleynhans

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module
    1. the life cycle of an Acrylate

    2. writing the correct notes and relistening to the videos

    3. remembering Cyanoacrylate Oligomers and Polymers the difference and the A to B scale was perfect way for me to remember.

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. the way i would feed the client information regarding the what before the why, and asking questions

    2. setting up my space that it is comfortable for the client that through the seasons you have the option to a clients needs.

    3.

    What are three things that really surprised you?

    1. Artistic has used the same recipe with the hard gel and liquid and powder, meaning it can be used together.

    2. how i have had my nails done before and it is scary to realize that i have had shock curing numerous times and basically i have just been a number.

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1. the life cycle of an Acrylate

    2. remembering Cyanoacrylate Oligomers and Polymers and the difference and the A to B scale

    3.the temperature of even the client can affect the nail enhancement

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

    1. this is the most information filled section of the module, make notes and no harm in relistening to all the videos

    1. Stephanie Greville

      Awesome work Michelle 🙂

  38. Mala Alexander

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

    1. Surprisingly did well with the quiz.

    2. Taking lots and lots of notes.

    3. Taking the time to understand this module.

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. My pronunciation of the words.

    2. Chemistry behind it all.

    3. Explaining the why before the what!

    What are three things that really surprised you?

    1. How long acrylates have been around.

    2. That Gel Polish is an Acrylate.

    3. Hard Gel and Poly Gel can not be soaked off.

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1. Exothermic and heat spikes.

    2. Mixing and the correct ratio is important.

    3. Thin is better!

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

    1. Revisit the videos, take notes, go back through your notes

    1. Stephanie Greville

      Awesome work Mala – the scientific names can definitely be hard to pronounce, I know I had to practise quite a few times before I got confident to say them 🙂

  39. Elise van Polanen Petel

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?
    1. The quiz.
    2. Taking lots of notes.
    3. Learning the A – B scale.

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. Remembering catalyst and initiator ingredients.
    2. The difference between non-etching and etching primers.
    3. Memorising the chemistry of nail products.

    What are three things that really surprised you?
    1. How long wrap system technology has been around for.
    2. That technically all products (gel, liquid & powder, polygel etc) is made from the same ingredients.
    3. That feeling the heat under a lamp is due to an exothermic reaction.

    What are three things you will never forget?
    1. Work with smaller amounts and thin application.
    2. How important correct ratios are as they affect the polymerisation process.
    3. Temperature of the room/salon and client’s hands can affect polymerisation.

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?
    1. Take it slow and make heaps of notes.

    1. Becca

      Great job Elise, polymerisation is so interesting eh. I’m sure the quiz and your notes will help heaps with the assessment.

  40. Amanda Jefferson

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

    1. Quiz

    2. Life Cycle of an acrylate

    3. Polymerisation

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. All of this mushed together, thats big enough for the three answers haha

    2.

    3.

    What are three things that really surprised you?

    1. All our products are formed from the same processes ie same vat

    2. Artistic products can be used in multiple ways, ie gel base and acrylic top for the best of both worlds, COOL!!

    3. The heat I have felt when I have had a service in the past could actually have been burning my nail bed

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1. Exothermic reaction and how to avoid it, what to do if it ever happens and to keep an eye on clients flinching etc

    2. The A to B scale in consultation to determine the best outcome for my clients

    3. Sign a waiver if I cannot guarantee the service based on the clients choices against my advice or refuse service if this service will be a risk to their nails.

    4. Dont buy etching/acid based primer and do buy artistic product because FLEXIBILITY in more ways than one!

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?
    This is long but totally worth it, there is one stand out video in here that youll be glad you took the time to watch 🙂

    1. Becca

      Great job Amanda. SO many people have experienced exothermic reactions without realising what they are – my clients love it when I can explain it to them 🙂

  41. Jade Gosling

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?
    – describing the polymerisation process
    – Working my way through the A-B wheel when diagnosing what a client needs without even knowing the A-B wheel existed. 😅
    – Remembering the difference between Cyanoacrylate Oligomers and Polymers

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    – Being more confident in recommending which service I believe would be best for my client (Particularly if it conflicts with what they initially booked in for)
    – Remembering catalyst and initiator ingredients.
    – Mixing rations when it comes to lifting – Eg Arylic & Polygel

    What are three things that really surprised you?
    – How in depth the chemistry/science is behind the theory of nails 🙌
    – How keeping both your client and the products you’re using cool will reduce shrinkage and exothermic reactions
    – How to mitigate shrinkage

    What are three things you will never forget?
    – The A-B SCALE
    – Exothermic reactions
    – Monomer = 1 unit oligomer = few units

    1. Becca

      Crushed it Jade. The A-B scale is such a good tool to explain why you’re “prescribing” something to a client.

  42. Bridie Burnnand

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

    1. Acrylates

    2. Taking Notes even though I will read this module agin and again

    3. Learning about how the natural nail expands and why lifting is caused

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. Figuring out the process of wet beads as I answered yes to 3

    2. Chemistry as this wasn’t my favourite subject

    3. Choosing the right services

    What are three things that really surprised you?

    1. The A & B wheel

    2. How they all chain together

    3. How we are to keep all of our products cool.

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1. Cyanoacrylates are resins

    2. Glue can be made by animal bi products wow

    3. How much monomers make a nail enhancement

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

    1. Read and Read again until you understand

    1. Becca

      Great work Bridie. Being able to troubleshoot lifting is so helpful in the salon.

  43. Jade Winton-lowe

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

    1. using monomer polymer oligomer and polymerisation in general use to start getting use to understanding what these products are and there differences

    2. made a glossary to really help refer back to some of those big words quickly

    3. reference drawings; it really helps for things like understanding polymers, polymerisation, crosslink monomers, interpenertrating polymer networks and the lifecycle of acrylates

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. revise the lifecycle of an acrylate as its really important and helpful

    2. do more revision on mix ratio

    3. start product knowledge course now i think it could really link in about now

    What are three things that really surprised you?

    1. the acrylate lifecycle it was really interesting

    2.that our nails dont look naturally shiny thats the oils stacked in the pores

    3. you can control breakage and lifting by mix ratio is it too dry or is it too wet

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1. that our nails dont look naturally shiny

    2. our nail pores are more like tiles stacked on top of each other

    3. Crosslink monomers are like nets, they remind me of nets on the playground i think thats why ill remember them

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

    1. make a glossary it really helps.

    1. Becca

      Well done Jade, a glossary is a great tip!

  44. Nicky

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

    1. Understanding what Polymerisation is.

    2. What is commonly referred to as “Glue” is “Resin” or “Adhesive” in the nail industry and are made up of different products

    3. The A End to B End

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?

    1. Understanding polymer/s

    2. Terminology and their definitions

    3. Exothermic reactions

    What are three things that really surprised you?

    1. The make up of the adhesive, Glue

    2. Everything starts off as monomers/ liquid form

    3. All products should not touch the skin

    What are three things you will never forget?

    1. Mono, Poly, Oli

    2. Acrylates = Plastics

    3. A end, B end – weak, strong

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

    1. Read over and over until you really understand it, maybe categorize each lesson into groups that make sense to you

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      Nicole Leatham

      Hi Nicky! Some great points you’ve mentioned here! Well done. I totally agree with reading things over and over, each time you pick up something new & it really helps cement what you’re learning. Such a great way to go about it! So glad you feel you’ve learnt so much in this module.
      ^Nicole

  45. Lilly Robinson-Bates

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?
    -The chemistry quiz
    -polymerisation/curing.
    -Shock curing.
    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    -mix ratios.
    -How to spell things correctly bahaha
    -Understanding every/all of the different reactions that different products can have with each other.
    What are three things that really surprised you?
    -That all acrylates actually start as monomers!
    -That poly and hard gels can not be soaked off!
    -How many different names there are for everything.
    What are three things you will never forget?
    -Work thin, don’t apply too much product to a nail as you’re only gonna have to sit there and file it down.
    -Again, That poly and hard gels can not be soaked off.
    -How the smallest things can affect the application of the nail products.
    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?
    -Go over everything at least 3 times. Especially in this section there is so so much information and it’s all important.

    1. Becca

      I’m so thankful for spell check in this part lol. Nice job Lilly.

  46. Caitlyn

    What are three things you’ve absolutely nailed in this Module?
    1. The quiz
    2. Understanding monomer chains
    3. Knowing when to take a study break

    What are three things you really need to continue to work on?
    1. Learning how to spell certain words – Dimethyltolylamine baffles me lol.
    2. Associating products with what they are (oligomer, cyanoacrylate etc)
    3. Remembering facts about UV Light to share with clients.

    What are three things that really surprised you?
    1. Artistic has created a recipe that makes both amazing Hard Gels and L&P products, making them stand out from a lot of brands.
    2. Learning how adhesion is affected by how tight chains of monomers are – gel polish can seep into the layers and grooves of a natural nail whereas acrylic powder is so tightly bonded it sits on top of the layers.
    3. The UV light emitted by LED lamps isn’t actually damaging to the skin.

    What are three things you will never forget?
    1. The tighter the chain bond, the harder it is to separate.
    2. Your hands are more exposed to UV light while driving than they are in a nail lamp.
    3. Your natural nails are quite flexible, hence why flexibility is important when picking a product to use.

    What advice would you give to a newbie starting this Module?
    1. Take breaks! There’s a lot of good information in here and you don’t want to miss any of it.

  47. Mackenzie Dunn

    Hey Caitlyn,
    Awesome work! Don’t forget to write down notes as you go, so when you do the assessment to can look back easily 🙂
    ^Mackenzie

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