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Alisha is recognized as one of the nail industry’s leading experts in training & education. In her 28 years experience, her work has been described as ‘ground-breaking’ through her career as a platform artist & motivational speaker for thousands of promotional & educational events. She’s also competed in hundreds of nail competitions around the globe, notably winning the World Nail Championship in 2005 in Pink & White Sculptured Nails. She’s also the featured artist in many training videos, including acting host of the current Milady Standard Nail Technology DVD series.
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What it is: An organic compound that has a superhydrating effect on skin cells. This emollient improves the appearance of dry, rough skin by hydrating and smoothing the epidermis while also sloughing away dead skin cells.
How to use it: Synthetically formulated and used in skincare products for its moisturizing and natural, gentle exfoliating properties. Urea is found in footcare products as it’s an anti-itch ingredient, so offers relief while, soothing and hydrating the skin.
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CHEMICAL REACTION [keh-muh-kl, ree-ak-shn]
What it is: When two or more molecules interact to create a new and different molecule. Therefore a chemical change that occurs when two or more substances combine to form a new substance. An example would be when two molecules of hydrogen (H2) combine with one molecule of oxygen (O2), they form two molecules of water (H20).
What it is: A substance used to reduce or eliminate pathogens on skin or surfaces.
How to use it: Used on client and professional before service begins. Used on surfaces and tools between clients.
POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE [poh-TAS-ee-um hy-DRAHK-syd]
What it is: A chemical compound used in various concentrations that helps to stabilize the pH of skincare, haircare, nail products, soaps and detergents.
PH VALUE [pH val-yoo]
What it is: A figure expressing the acidity or alkalinity of a substance working within the scale from 1 -14. 1 is the most acidic, 7 is neutral, 14 is the most alkaline.
What it is: Carbon-containing substances. All living things are organic.
How to use it: Organic farming of ingredients used in the beauty industry means the resulting produce contains no toxins, GMOs, chemicals, artificial additives or preservatives.
How to spot it: Check the label of hand & nail products, such as certification from the UK’s Soil Association, COSMOS for European certification devised by five organisations BDIH (Germany), Cosmebio (France), Ecocert (France), ICEA (Italy) and the Soil Association (Great Britain).
OPTICAL BRIGHTENER [op-ti-kuhl, brahyt-n-er]
What it is: An ingredient used to make color appear brighter.
How to use it: Found in nail strengtheners to create luminous and healthier nails when used on dull or discolored nails.
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NAIL GLUE [neyl-gloo]
What it is: A quick-drying type of adhesive that is applied in liquid form, which dries to then hold two materials together.
What it is used for: Adhesive is used to adhere nail tips to the natural nail for a tip and overlay service.
What it is: A preparation (such as a lotion or cream) applied to the skin to prevent or relieve dryness.
How to use it: Used in nail services to help treat dry skin and prevent it from drying out again. Moisturizers do this by holding water in the stratum corneum, the outermost layer of the skin. (Lanolin, the conditioning secretion from sheep’s skin found in their wool, is an ingredient used in many skin and hair care products used for its moisturizing ability.)
What it is: A type of adhesive that is applied in liquid form, which dries to then hold two materials together.
How to use it: Adhesive is used to adhere nail tips to the natural nail for a tip and overlay service.