RINGS OF FIRE
These are red indentations in the natural nail made by careless
use of the Electric Filing Machine. Each one usually represents
a fill, meaning there could be rings all the way down the
nail plate. This is caused by the incorrect use of a Barrel
Bit at the cuticle area. The top edge of the Bit digs into
the natural nail as it files down the acrylic because it is
being held at the wrong angle. The remedy for Rings of Fire
is to use the electric file bit at the proper angle.
Friction is the main cause of heat, and pressure is the cause
of friction. As you use the Electric File you must constantly
lift the Bit up off the nail as you work so that air can cool
the nail. Sanding bands heat up the quickest, so you must
be very careful when using then on top of the nail.
NOT ENOUGH SHINE
If you feel your nails aren't shiny enough after using the
buffing cream and Buffing Bit, you need to start filing all
over again. Start by going back over the nails with the Extra
Fine Diamond Barrel Bit and then back through the buffing
techniques. When you're filing you must always be aware that
you will obtain the best finish when you "graduate"
your Bits and Files. You need to go from Coarse or Medium,
to Fine or Extra-Fine grits, in this order. At each step you
must take a good look at your work to be sure you've buffed
out all your file marks before proceeding on to the next Bit
or File. It's also a good idea to finish up by using the soft
side of a white buffer block to give your work that personal
THE CARBIDE FILE GRABS AND PULLS
When this happens, the Carbide Bit grabs onto the acrylic
and can wrap around the nail, hitting the skin. You need to
prevent this, because it can accidentally cut your client.
Always remain alert when using your Electric File. Be aware
of your working speed, as well as the pressure you are applying.
Attention to detail will keep you in charge of your Electric
Drill at all times and prevent the drill from jumping and
vibrating off the nail.
PRACTICE, PRACTICE, AND PRACTICE!
Always test new products and tools on yourself first. This
way you know how they work and you won't make the early mistakes
on your clients. Until you're comfortable using the Electric
Filing machine on yourself, the best way to gain practice
is to glue a tip onto the end of a dowel. Apply acrylic to
the tip and practice filing it using the machine. A dowel
is easy to hold because it's about the same size as a real
finger. When you first begin to use the Electric Filing Machine
during services, start out slowly by using it to clean up
underneath acrylic nails. Learning how to control the machine
will help you gain confidence and put your clients at ease.
Practice on another Nail technician in your salon or ask a
friends if she'll be your practice model for a free fill.
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