Take Proper Care of Your Product
Caring for Your Overlays
Clear Diamond Overlay (CDO), Ruby Diamond Overlay (RDO), Amethyst Diamond Overlay (ADO), and Clear Diamond Finish (CDF) are all hard density (HD) Polymers. In the same way that honey thickens in cold temperatures, HD-Polymers can thicken when stored at low temperatures for a prolonged period of time. If this happens, warm the bottle either in your hands or in a warmed cloth. Never warm in a microwave oven or hot water.
HD-Polymers become more fluid with heat, which can have a negative effect on their controlled self-leveling qualities, making the product spread too quickly and causing difficulties during application.
HD-Polymers are light sensitive. Overlays are cured (hardened) by light from your bonding lamp. In the same way, the Overlays will harden in their jars if left exposed to light. Keep away from light, including the light from your UV bonding lamp.
To help prevent premature thickening, thinning and accidental curing:
- Always use and store your product at 68° to 80°F (near room temperature).
- Keep containers away from any light other than incandescent light.
- As soon as you've put the Overlay on your nail, place the lid back on the jar and set it away from light, especially your bonding lamp light and sunlight.
- Always be sure that lids are secure before storing your products.
Caring for Your Brush
Take special care in cleaning and wiping the brush to ensure long-lasting use. If you see any dirt or debris or notice any stiffening of the bristles, clean your brush with Nail Cleanse. Wipe it dry with a clean paper towel and allow plenty of time for the Nail Cleanse to dry before using it again. To maintain the shape of the bristles after use, simply reshape them with your fingers.
When un-bonded product is on the brush, take precautions to prevent accidental hardening caused by exposure to the bonding lamp or sunlight.
- When you set the brush aside during application, place it a safe distance from the lamp and protect it from sunlight by slipping it into a fold of tinfoil.
- After application is complete, wipe the brush dry on a clean paper towel and fold and seal a small piece of tin foil securely around the head of the brush. This will help keep the bristles pliable until the next use.
Set Up a Work Area
Application is easiest if you are completely prepared for the whole process prior to starting. The following suggestions to set up a work area will ensure optimal application.
- If you are applying the product in the daytime, choose an area away from sunlight. Set up a good desk lamp (incandescent light) for adequate lighting.
- Some Personal Salon products can damage synthetic fabrics, wood finishes and some plastics. Cover your work area surface to protect against any accidental spills. A dry utility cloth or several stacked paper towels will work.
- Lay out your products, some good quality paper towels and, if you wish, a timer so they are all easy to reach.
- Have a towel ready to cover the UV bonding lamp when you are not in the bonding process.
- Prepare a folded piece of tinfoil to store your brush away from light between uses.
Work in Three Stages
In order to avoid accidental smudging, it's best to do the full application process- from cleanse to cure -in three portions:
- 1. Completely finish four fingers of one hand
- 2. Complete the four fingers of the other hand
- 3. Finish by completing both thumbs.
Observe Proper Maintenance of Your Nails
Proper maintenance is the key to keeping your nails looking great When you have a fill-in line, a chip or an area of lifting, use the proper maintenance procedures described in this Usage Guide to correctly file and blend in order to keep your nails strong and healthy. Never pick off bonded HD-Polymer coatings from your natural nail.
Preventing Lifting or Chipping
Although Personal Salon products are custom engineered to tightly bond with the proteins of the fingernail, lifting or chipping may occur. The most common causes of lifting or chipping are
- Improper nail preparation (most common),
- Picking at the nails
- Using other nail products
To determine the cause of lifting, ask yourself the following questions:
- Did I expose my nails to any of the following within 10 minutes before applying Protein Bond to my natural nails?
- Water (washing hands, showering, etc.)
- Lotions, creams or oils
- Detergents or household cleaners
- Peroxides or bleach
- Standard nail polish remover
In order to achieve maximum bonding, your natural nails must be completely dry before applying Personal Salon products. If your hands have been in any liquid, be sure to allow at least ten minutes for them to dry before beginning the application process. Any moisture on the nail surface can impair protein bonding and limit the long-lasting results you would otherwise achieve. Avoid applying lotions, oils, astringents, nail polish remover or other similar products prior to application, as such products are also detrimental to adhesion.
- Did I properly file/etch all the dead skin by the cuticle?
- Did I pay special attention to filing the sides and back of the nail where oil is trapped?
- Did I thoroughly remove any oils, filing dust and debris from the entire natural nail surface with Nail Cleanse, especially near the skin and cuticle areas?
- Did I pick at or "play with" the HD-Polymer on my nails at any time, particularly in the first few hours after application?
- Did I use any products that are not a part of my Personal Salon Nail System?
For Your Information:
HD-Polymers use true, organic bonding to powerfully link the organic components in HD-Polymers with the natural nail's protein. It is therefore very important that the natural nail be as much in its clean, healthy, natural state as possible so that this natural organic linkage can take place between the Personal Salon products and the proteins in the natural nail.
Use Cuticle Cream, not Oil
After completing the entire application process, lightly apply cuticle cream to your skin and cuticles. Avoid using cuticle oils as they may get between the nail plate and the HD-Polymer, possibly causing lifting.