General Prep Demo
Step 1: Spray your hands and your client’s hands with ASP Antiseptic spray.
Step 2: Push back the cuticles with a cuticle pusher. Remove the shine from the nail plate with a 180 grit file, or a yellow block. Remove the filings from the nail plate.
Step 3: Shape the free edge of the nail. If you are applying tips, remove the excess natural nail length to ensure a proper tip fit.
Step 4: Apply ASP Prep N’ Clean Dehydrant to all nails. After the first coat, apply another coat of ASP Prep N’ Clean Dehydrant, to remove dust and oils.
Step 5: If you are applying tips, select a tip style and size that best matches the shape of the natural nail. A properly sized tip should cover no more than 1/3 of the nail bed, and extend across the width of the nail from nail groove to nail groove without contacting the skin.
Step 6: To adhere the tip, apply a small amount of nail glue to the tip’s well area. Holding the prepared tip at a 45-degree angle, press the tip’s well section to the nail’s free edge.
While applying pressure, rock the tip onto the natural nail to push out excess glue and air. Trim to the desired length. Blend the tip to the natural nail and remove tip’s shine.You can remove the tip line with Line Eliminator; simply apply a coat over the tip line and file it with a 180 grit board. File until the tip is blended.
This system is simple and has easy to use step by step instructions for non-acrylic wrap applications, resulting in strong, beautiful and natural looking nails. Seals in oils to prevent drying, cracking and splitting of nails.
Step 1: Spray your hands and your clients with ASP Antiseptic spray.
Step 2: Push back cuticles with a cuticle pusher. Remove shine from the nail plate with 180 file or yellow block. Pay special attention to the cuticle/nail groove area. Remove the filings from the nail plate.
Step 3: Shape free edge of nail. If applying tips, remove excess natural nail length to ensure a proper tip fit.
Step 4: Apply ASP Prep N’ Clean dehydrant to all nails. After first coat, apply another coat of the Prep N’ Clean dehydrant to remove dust and oils.
Step 5: If you are applying tips, select a tip style and size that best matches the shape of the natural nail. A properly sized tip should cover no more than 1/3 of the nail bed and extend across the width of the nail from nail groove to nail groove without contacting the skin.
Step 6: To adhere tip, apply a small amount of All Season’s nail glue to the tip well area. Holding prepared tip at a 45-degree angle, press tip well section to the nail free edge. While applying pressure, rock the tip onto the natural nail to push out excess glue and air. Cut to the desired length. Blend the tip to the natural nail and remove tip shine. You can remove the tip line with All Season’s Line Eliminator. Simply apply a coat over the tip line and file with an 180 ASP board. File until the tip is blended.
Step 7: To begin, apply a thin layer of brush on glue to the surface of each nail. Be sure to extned the glue right up to and around the free edge. Do not come in contact with the skin.
Step 8: Mist the nails with the Activator by holding the Activator 8-10 inches from the nails and pump a few mists towards the nails.
Step 9: Take the pre-cut fingers and size up the nails. If necessary, you may need to trim the fabric. It should be 1/16th of an inch of the surrounding cuticle and trim flush with the nail free edge. Think of the mesh as an island and the nail surface as the ocean. You must see water (nail plate) all around the island (fabric). Use a plastic bag or wax paper to press down and smooth the fabric. Try not to touch the surface of the fabric because your fingers can deposit oils, which will result in white spots.
Step 10: After the fabric has been placed, apply a coat of brush-on glue over the fabric, making sure to cover all edges and completely saturate the mesh. Mist with Activator to set the glue. Repeat this step again twice; apply brush on glue and mist with Activator.
Step 11: Once the nail is completely dry, use a medium 180 grit ASP’S Zebra file or a block to smooth imperfections. Shiny spots that appear after this surface filing indicate low spots that will need to be built up with additional coats of brush on glue.
Step 12: Finish by buffing with the Miracle buff and shine block.
Step 13: To Remove Nails – Soak in acetone. Product removal is drying, so be sure to re-moisturize the skin surrounding the nails with lotions and oils. Petroleum jelly can be applied to the cuticles before soaking for additional protection.
Sculpting With Forms
Step 2: Apply forms or tips as instructed in the general prep instructions. Make sure they fit snug under the free edge while following the contour of the nail. Pinch the bottom of the form. Use the cut-out center circle to hold the form secure.
Step 3a: Take a sable brush and immerse the brush into the Aspire™ Bonding Acrylic Liquid. Your ratio should be 2:1–2 parts liquid to 1 part powder.
Step 3b: Pick up the first ball of white Aspire™ Bonding Powder. The first ball to be placed onto the free edge should have the consistency to hold it’s shape when worked but not so dry as to fall off the form. Use the body of the brush to pat the product and form a “smile” line where the pink of the nail body and the white free edge meet. Apply an additional small white ball to the corners to perfect the smile line.
Step 4: Pick up a ball of Pink Aspire™ Bonding Powder and apply to half of the nail body, just behind the “smile” line. Position the product.
Step 5: Apply another ball of pink powder behind the 2nd ball near the cuticle area; up to but not touching the skin. Also, try to keep the product application thinner as it tapers towards the cuticle.
Step 6: Take the form off and pinch the sides to complete the perfect “C” curve. Use both thumbs and pinch the sides and hold for a few seconds. This must be done before the acrylic is completely set.
Step 1: Using a 180 grit ASP zebra file. File by shaping the left and right sides of the nail groove and the free edge of each nail. Finish by using a yellow block of the ASP Double Zebra/Black Board to file the top of the nail.
Step 2: Buff to a high shine with ASP Miracle Buff & Shine Block. This will give you a perfect finish.
Step 3: Continue by applying polish, leaving the nails natural, apllying a gel seal or top coat.
Maintenance or Fill-Ins
Step 1: Perform the general prep step as outlined in that section
Step 2: Use a 180 grit ASP Zebra file to lightly buff the surface of the acrylic to remove the shine and any discolorations. Gently push back cuticles and buff the new growth area of the natural nail. Gently file down any loose product. File acrylic at the fill line to make it flush with the natural nail.
Step 3: Apply two coats of ASP Prep N’ Clean Dehydrant to the new nail growth only. Primer is optional after this step. Apply ASP Line Eliminator to the old product; this will eliminate the line when the new product is placed over this area.
Step 4: Place the product ball at the new growth area of the natural nail, then stroke the excess towards the free-edge. Proceed to the finishing of the nails.
If you are filling in the pink and whites:
Step 1: The nails should stay shiny.
Step 2: Take your drill and notch out a smile line, behind your original line. Do not go too deep; or onto the nail bed area. Push back the cuticle.
Step 3a: File the free edge below this smile line down as you will be applying new product over this area. With a round barrel drill bit; file out the white area to the natural nail or to the tip. Take out the white area to be as thin as possible.
Step 3b: File the back area near the cuticle. Remember to keep the smile line area shiny. Dehydrate the natural nail. Apply primer to the natural nail only. Apply ASP Line Eliminator to the old product; this will eliminate the line when the new product is placed over this area.
Step 4: Take ball of white and put in the “smile” line area and form and sculpt the free edge.
Step 5: Place the last product ball (clear or pink) at the new growth area of the natural nail, then stroke the excess towards the free-edge. Proceed to the finishing of the nails.
How to Prep
Before you begin your application of Gel Polish, you must perform a mini manicure.
- Shape the nails and push back the cuticle.
- A gentle buff may or may not be necessary.
- Dehydrate all ten nails using 2-In-1 Dehydrator & Cleansing Wipe
- Apply Bonder to all 10 nails. This is a ph bonder that will help with adhesion.
Application of ASP Gel Polish is very similar to applying traditional nail polish.
Clean up skin around cuticle area to prevent lifting.
- Apply Base Coat as a full even coat and cure in the ASP LED Lamp for 30 seconds. If you are using a UV lamp, cure for 2 minutes.
- Apply ASP color. Cure under a LED lamp for 30 seconds. If you are using a UV Lamp, cure for 2 minutes.
- Apply a second coat of ASP Gel Polish and cure 30 seconds under LED lamp, or 2 minutes under a UV lamp.
- Apply ASP TOP Coat as a full even coat. Cure 30 seconds under LED lamp, or 2 minutes under a UV lamp.
- Wipe the sticky layer off all the nails with ASP 2-In-1 Dehydrator and Cleansing Wipe using a lint free wipe.
Removal of ASP Gel Polish
Removal of Soak Off Gels and Hybrid Gels can be very damaging when using straight acetone. The acetone dehydrates the nails as well as the skin surrounding the nails. To eliminate harsh removal process, ASP has Conditioning Soak Off Solution.
- Using a 180 grit file or block, throughly remove the shine from the ASP Top Coat.
- Saturate a cotton ball with ASP Conditioning Soak Off Solution. Be sure to shake the bottle before using to evenly distribute the conditioning emollients. Apply the saturated cotton ball to the nail.
- Using ASP Pre-Cut foils, apply a square to the nail. To speed up the process, apply the square under the finger (shiny side inside) and wrap up and over the top of the finger.
- Depending on the length of wear time and exposure to sunlight, soak off time will vary between 7 to 10 minutes. For faster removal, you can apply warm heat to the hands such as a steamed towel. Occasionally a birch wood stick will need to be used to take off remaining product.
- Once the ASP gel polish is removed, be sure to clean the nails thoroughly to eliminate any oil left from the Conditioning Soak Off Solution before re-applying your new coat of ASP Gel Polish. Scrub with soap and hot water.
Light Less Gel Kit
In 3 easy steps this trendsetting, non-acrylic, light-less gel nail system helps you create a professional set of acrylic nails in 30 minutes. Apply tips. Apply gel. Spray gel activatorand you’re done.
NO UV LIGHT REQUIRED
Prepare natural nail by buffing lightly, assuring a clean, dry nail surface.
3 fast and easy steps
1. Select tips using the natural nail side walls as a guide for proper tip size. Apply small amount of Instant Nail Glue evenly on the tip well and place the tip on the natural nail. Hold firmly in place for a few seconds to secure a tight bond. Trim and file nails to the desired length and shape.
2. Put the plastic extender tip onto the Light-Less Gel bottle. Apply a moderate amount of Light-Less Gel down the center of the nail. Carefully distribute the product evenly over the entire nail and tip surface with the extender tip. Be careful to keep the skin and cuticle area free of Light-Less Gel.
3. Hold the Gel Cure 6-8” away from the nails and lightly spray nails. Allow approximately one minute to set. File and buff finish.