Introduction to Personal Salon Products

Your new Personal Salon Nail System is unlike any nail product you have ever tried!

Because of our revolutionary technology, you can finally have long lasting, strong, professional-quality nails in just minutes - at home. You can easily apply and maintain your nails at a fraction of the cost and without the health concerns of gels and acrylics. Detailed information on how Personal Salon Nail System compares to acrylic and gel nails can be found on our comparison page. As you continue to use your Personal Salon Nail System, the simple techniques for application and maintenance soon become routine - each time is easier and faster. So get ready for the longest-lasting, most beautiful nails ever!

Success Tip:

success tip iconThe Personal Salon Nail System utilizes new technology and products, so it is essential that you read and carefully follow instructions. In order to achieve maximum success, become familiar with the entire system before applying the product for the first time. Look for these tip boxes throughout the instructions for additional help.

It's a Whole New Day!

Personal Salon Overlays are actually custom engineered at the molecular level, creating a new high-density polymer unlike anything that exists in the current market. When used with Personal Salon Protein Bond, the Overlays' unique molecular structure powerfully "links up" with the natural proteins in your nail to safely and securely bond with your nail. The incredible strength and durability of the bond extends the practical life of the nails - without the dangerous acids, primers and harsh chemicals found in other nail products!

For Your Information:

For Your InformationTo better understand this incredibly powerful organic protein bond, let's compare Personal Salon's high-density polymers to the performance of hair colorants, as fingernails and hair are similar in organic makeup. Today's hair colorants bond to proteins in hair in order to form a strong, organic bond for the longest lasting color possible. In a similar manner, the unique Personal Salon products form a powerful, safe, organic bond with the protein in your nails.

Before You Get Started: The Basic System

Complete Basic Home Nail Care Kits Include:

UV Bonding Lamp

Your 6-watt, low UV bonding lamp has been custom-designed to quickly and effectively harden and adhere the Overlay to your nails. For most applications, bonding will occur in 2-3 minutes. Lamp operates on regular household current. U.L. approved. All components are U.L., E.T.L., and C.S.A. certified.

Protein Bond

This proprietary product is an integral part of the revolutionary organic molecular bonding that is unique to HD-Polymers. Protein Bond provides the longest-lasting adhesion available without the acids, nail primer chemicals, volatile methacrylates or activated monomers found in acrylic and gel nail systems.

Product Care:

Product Care Info IconAlways tightly secure the lid when not in use. Never leave the lid off any more than necessary as the liquid can quickly evaporate and lead to unwanted crystallization of the Protein Bond in the bottle.

For Your Information:

For Your InformationSome products' bonding agents are made with industrial chemicals that degrade and chemically etch the nail plate, producing microscopic holes so that the nail plate resembles Swiss cheese. The applied product seeps into these microscopic holes and expands as it cools, creating a "gripping" action. Not only does this process damage the nail plate, but it leaves less surface for adhesion.

Clear Diamond Overlay (CDO)

Clear Diamond Overlay was created from cutting edge scientific research in polymer synthesization and the result is a safe, nontoxic and non-irritating product. When used with Protein Bond, CDO provides maximum adhesion to the natural nail. Finished nails have unmatched strength, toughness and durability and yet resist cracking.

Product Care:

Product Care Info IconDue to the unique properties of the CDO, always tightly secure the lid when not in use as overexposure to light may cause it to harden. CDO is packaged to facilitate easy application and to limit accidental hardening caused by exposure to light.

Nail Cleanse

This custom solution is a water-free cleanser and sanitizer used to achieve optimum bonding.

Application Brush

Just like the brushes used by professional nail technicians, your brush is made of high quality fiber and will provide beautiful applications time and time again.

White Shaping File

Designed meet a variety of needs, your file has a 180 grit on one side and a coarser 100 grit on the other side.

White Buffing Block

Gentle yet effective, this four-sided, soft buffer has a 180 grit on two sides and a 240 grit on the other two.

Cuticle Stick

Your cuticle stick is designed to last a long time. If needed, it can be sharpened and squared off for further use by filing the ends with the White Shaping File.

Applicator Swabs

These medical grade swabs have a high-density weave for fiber free application and controlled absorption.

Product Care:

Product Care Info IconDo not reuse your applicator swabs. To avoid contamination, break it swab in half after use. You will use six swabs for a basic application. Use only the Applicator Swabs supplied with your Personal Salon (or a similar tight-weave swab) when applying the Protein Bond to your natural nail. The Applicator Swabs provided with your Personal Salon have a high-density weave for controlled absorption and fiber-free application. Do NOT use "shaggy" drug store cotton swabs. Regular cotton swabs will absorb too much product, wasting it and spreading too much on the nail, and will leave loose fibers on the nail plate. Both of these problems will impede adhesion.

Before You Get Started: Keys for Success

Start Smart!

For the best results, read through this entire section and the instructions to each process from beginning to end prior to starting application.

Use Only Personal Salon Techniques and Products

Because Personal Salon nail products are unlike anything else on the market, never use any techniques you may have learned or seen for applying acrylics, gels, or other nail systems. Follow our easy application and maintenance processes for optimum results. Only use the custom-engineered system of Personal Salon products on your nails. Use of any other products will impede adhesion, cause lifting or damage your nails.

Success Tip:

Some nail products leave residue, such as hardened acrylic, glues and monomers on and in the nail, that reduce adhesion and block the ability of the organic bonding to take place. If you have used glues, tips, acrylics, gels, wraps or similar products during the past 6-8 weeks, inspect your nails and remove all of the residue left by these products from your natural nail before you apply Protein Bond.

Apply Personal Salon Products to HEALTHY Nails ONLY

Check your nails, cuticles and skin for any redness or abnormal condition. If you find any unhealthy conditions, wait until after your nails have healed completely before using your Personal Salon Nail System.

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.

Product Care:

Product Care Info IconTo 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.

Product Care:

Product Care Info IconWhen 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

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconIn 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:

For Your InformationHD-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.

Before You Get Started: Precautions

Your Personal Salon Nail System is comprised of the most advanced nail products in the world and has been specifically formulated to reduce the possibility of irritation or allergic response. It is important, however, that you heed the following precautions.

Consider your Circumstances

If you have a tendency toward skin allergies or irritation, are under medical supervision, or are taking prescription medication, consult a physician before using Personal Salon.

Test for Reactions

The first time you use your Personal Salon, do a nail "patch test." Perform the entire procedure on one nail and watch for any adverse reactions for 24 hours. If none appear, there is little likelihood of any negative reaction with further use. The development of a rash or redness of the skin is extremely rare; however, if you do develop one or the other, discontinue use and consult a physician.

Avoid Contact with Your Eyes

As is true with most cosmetic nail products, it is important that you avoid any contact with your eyes. In the event any product gets in your eyes, immediately flush your eyes with water and continue to flush for several minutes. If burning or eye irritation occurs and does not dissipate after flushing your eyes, consult a physician.

Wash and Rinse Your Hands

After you finish applying your Personal Salon Nail System, thoroughly wash your hands with soap and rinse well with water.

Avoid Ingestion

In the event of ingestion of any of the products, contact a physician immediately. Do not induce vomiting unless instructed to do so by a physician.

Keep Out of the Reach of Children

As with all cosmetic products, always keep your Personal Salon Nail System out of the reach of children.

Avoid Heat and Flame

Keep all of your Personal Salon product components and all materials away from heat and flame. Nail Cleanse contains flammable ingredients. Never smoke while using any of the products.

Use Bonding Lamp Only as Directed

Your bonding lamp has been custom designed for your safety and comfort during bonding. Always carefully follow the step-by-step instructions given later in this Usage Guide. Keep water and moisture away from the bonding lamp and AC Adaptor. Do NOT look directly at the lamp's light when it is turned on.

Protect Your Work Area

Before you begin, cover your table top work area. Some Personal Salon products can damage synthetic fabrics, wood finishes and some plastics. Avoid contact with clothing. Keep all containers closed when not in use.

Check for Mold and Fungus

Personal Salon Overlays have been specifically designed to resist moisture, and bonded HD-Polymers are much less porous than acrylics so they are more resistant to moisture absorption. Fungus may appear as white nail flakes or the lifting of nail layers from the nail plate. Mold appears as brown, yellow or greenish areas under the nail. If any sign of mold or fungus appears, file off the Overlay and discontinue use until you consult a physician.

For Your Information:

For Your InformationTrapped moisture, microorganisms and bacteria are the cause of mold and fungus. Personal Salon Overlays do not use primers or chemicals that can promote mold or fungus.

Basic Application

This section details the basic first time application of the Personal Salon Diamond Overlay nails. In just five easy steps: Prepare, Clean, Protein Bond, Diamond Overlay, and UV Bond, you will have beautiful results. For best results, read through the full instructions prior to beginning the application.

Basic Application: Step 1 - Prepare Your Nails

  • A. Start:

    Start with clean, dry nails free of polish.
  • B. Cuticle:

    Use the cuticle stick to push back the cuticle.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconAs you push it back, you may see a little bit of white cuticle skin on the nail plate. Use an edge of your buffing block in a seesaw motion to remove that white tissue, as it blocks access to the natural nail plate.
  • C. Buff & File:

    Use the shaping file and buffing block to file your nails to the desired shape and buff the nails. Be sure to remove any excess cuticle with the block in a back and forth motion, and remove all shine from the nail. Wipe off any dust with a clean, dry paper towel.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconUsing the 100 side of your nail file, take the shine off the rest of the natural nail plate. File the top, corners and sides. Pull the skin away from the nail in order to get all the oil from the sides of the nail plate. Oil impedes adhesion, so you want to take all the shine off of the natural nail plate.

Application Order Note:

Application Order IconSteps 2-5 are done three times: First complete steps 2-5 for four fingers of one hand, repeat steps 2-5 for four fingers of other hand, then repeat steps 2-5 on thumbs.

Basic Application: Step 2 - Cleanse Your Nails

  • A. Cleanse:

    Place a drop or two of anti-microbial Nail Cleanse on each nail and thoroughly clean the entire nail plate with an applicator swab. Pull the skin away from the sides to be sure it's completely cleaned.
  • B. Protect:

    Close the Nail Cleanse immediately after use and do not allow anything to touch the nails prior to Step 3.

Basic Application: Step 3 - Apply the Protein Bond

  • A. Dip:

    Dip a new applicator swab straight in and out of the Protein Bond without tapping the sides and close the bottle.

    Product Care:

    Product Care Info IconClose the Protein Bond bottle immediately. Overexposure to air can cause some crystallization.
  • B. Apply bond:

    Rub the Protein Bond onto the nail plate, covering the entire nail, so the nail is wet without being soaked. Pay special attention to the back and sides of the nail and then coat the free edge.
  • C. Repeat:

    Repeat steps A-C for remaining fingers in the set. Do not allow anything to touch the nails prior to Step 4.

Basic Application: Step 4 - Apply the Overlay

Application Order Note:

Application Order IconPerform Step 4: A-E one nail at a time on each nail in the set. For example, if you are performing Steps 2-5 on the four fingers of your left hand first, Step 4:A-E should be followed for each nail individually.
  • A. Dip:

    Doing one nail at a time, dip the applicator brush into the CDO and apply a medium size bead to the center of the nail. Close the lid of the CDO, keeping it away from light.
  • B. Apply:

    Use the applicator brush to push the CDO near to the cuticle and to the sides and end of the nail. CDO is a revolutionary self-leveling product and can be guided by turning your hand to direct the product on the nail. Place the brush between a piece of tinfoil and remove from light.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconYou want a thickness of about 5-7 sheets of paper. Make sure you cover the sides and end of the nail. Your CDO is self-leveling so let the product do the work for you by turning your finger in a position that will allow the CDO to go wherever you want it. The area of your nail most vulnerable to breakage is from the center to the tip. Apply your CDO so that it gradates from thinner at the back, which facilitates easier blending of fill-in lines, to thicker at the center and end of the nail, which reinforces the most vulnerable areas.
  • C. Form Nail:

    Form the nail and remove brush strokes by turning your hand upside down for 10 seconds.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconExcessive brushing can cause bubbles. If you see a bubble, pop it with your cuticle stick.
  • D. Remove Excess:

    Remove excess CDO from skin and cuticle using the cuticle stick.

    For Your Information:

    For Your InformationDon't worry if some of the CDO gets on your skin. CDO has been engineered to NOT bond to your skin.
  • E. Flash Bond:

    Using the bonding lamp, quick set the nail for one second, then remove for five seconds. Repeat this four times. Remove finger immediately if you feel a warming sensation, stop, remove the nail and let dry for a few seconds before continuing.
  • F. Repeat:

    If you want a thicker application, you can repeat steps A-E for the same nail. Otherwise repeat for the remaining nails in the set.

Basic Application: Step 5 - Cure Nails with UV Bond

  • A. Begin Bonding:

    One you complete Step 4:A-E on all four fingers (or two thumbs), cure the nails in the current set at the same time. Place fingers 8-10 inches under the bonding lamp and slowly lower the hood.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconTo ensure even curing on all nails, place your fingers on the lamp's base in the center-most portion of the lamp, directly under the bulb. Position your fingers at a slight angle so they are flat and close together but not touching each other. When bonding your thumbs, bring the lamp to the edge of your table to more easily lay your thumbs flat under the lamp.
  • B. Finish Bonding:

    Leave your fingers in the center of the bonding lamp under the lowered hood for 90 seconds. Remove your hand and lightly touch the product with your finger. If it feels slick, it is dry. If product is still tacky, repeat at 60-second intervals.
  • C. File and Shape:

    If necessary, remove excess cured CDO with the White Shaping File.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconFile coming up under the excess as filing on top of the nail removes the shine. File a little bit under the end of the nail, but not too much as over-filing can take off the protective CDO cap you put on the nail.
  • D. Cleanse:

    Clean the skin and cuticle with the Nail Cleanse and a clean dry applicator swab.

Basic Application: Finish Options

A beautiful finish of your choice is easy with your Personal Salon Nail System. After completing the Basic Application: Steps 1-5, thoroughly wash and dry your hands, then select the finish option that is right for you.
  • A. Leave the Shine:

    If your nails look smooth and do not need shaping, simply wear the brilliant clear gloss look as is.
  • B. Remove the Shine:

    For a natural look, dab some rubbing alcohol on a paper towel and lighly remove the high gloss finish from the nail. Alternatively, you can lightly buff the surface of the nail to remove the shine.
  • C. Apply Clear Diamond Finish:

    Apply the Clear Diamond Finish (not included in basic kit) on top of the treated nails for a long-lasting, clear, high- gloss look.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconClear Diamond Finish is NOT removable with polish remover.

    • Remove the shine from the cured CDO with a buffing block.
    • Cleanse the nail with Nail Cleanse
    • Doing one nail at a time, apply a thin layer of Clear Diamond Finish, completely covering the nail surface.
    • Set the Clear Diamond Finish by inserting finger under the bonding lamp for five seconds.
    • When all the nails have been set, use the UV lamp to bond all four nails (or two thumbs) at the same time for 90 seconds under the lowered hood.
  • D. Apply Nail Polish

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconThe better quality polishes are denser in color, requiring fewer coats to achieve full coverage.
    • Remove the shine from the cured CDO with a buffing block.
    • Cleanse the nail with Nail Cleanse.
    • Apply the nail polish of your choice on top of the filed and shaped CDO as you would to your regular nail.

Basic Application: Clean Up

Protect your products by following these simple clean up procedures after each use.
  • A. Tightly Close Containers:

    Make sure that all lids on all containers are securely fastened.
  • B. Clean Brush:

    Wipe your brush with a clean paper towel to remove any excess Overlay. Wrap the bristles of the brush tightly in a small piece of aluminum foil to protect it from light. This will keep the bristles from hardening.

    Product Care:

    Product Care Info IconDo not wash your brush with water. If the bristles on your brush are stiff with dried product or if there is any debris on the bristles, use a few drops of Nail Cleanse to clean the brush.
  • C. Spills:

    Check your work area surface for any spills, and if necessary clean using rubbing alcohol (not Nail Cleanse).
  • D. Store:

    Store your Personal Salon Nail System and all components in a cool, dark place our of the reach of children.

Advanced Application: Fills

Fills: Step 1 - Prepare the Nails

  • A. Start:

    Start with clean, dry nails free of polish.
  • B. Cuticle:

    Use the cuticle stick to push back the cuticle.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconAs you push it back, you may see a little bit of white cuticle skin on the nail plate. Use an edge of your buffing block in a seesaw motion to remove that white tissue, as it blocks access to the natural nail plate.
  • C. Buff & File:

    Using your buffer and the 100 side of your nail file, take the shine off the new nail growth only. File your nails to the shape and length you desire. Use your 100 grit nail file to file off about 20% of the existing CDO to prevent the product from building higher with each fill. CDO files easily so it doesn't take much. Use a fine side of your buffer to smooth the surface and free edge (nail growth at the end) of the nail. Wipe off any filing dust with a clean paper towel.

Application Order Note:

Application Order IconSteps 2-5 are done three times: First complete steps 2-5 for four fingers of one hand, repeat steps 2-5 for four fingers of other hand, then repeat steps 2-5 on thumbs.

Fills: Step 2 - Cleanse Your Nails

  • A. Cleanse:

    Place a drop or two of anti-microbial Nail Cleanse on each nail and thoroughly clean the entire nail plate with an applicator swab. Pull the skin away from the sides to be sure it's completely cleaned.
  • B. Protect:

    Close the Nail Cleanse immediately after use and do not allow anything to touch the nails prior to Step 3.

Fills: Step 3 - Apply the Protein Bond

  • A. Dip:

    Dip a new applicator swab straight in and out of the Protein Bond without tapping the sides and close the bottle.

    Product Care:

    Product Care Info IconClose the Protein Bond bottle immediately. Overexposure to air can cause some crystallization.
  • B. Apply Bond:

    Rub the Protein Bond onto the new nail plate only. You want the new growth to be wet without being soaked. Do not rub the Protein Bond onto the existing CDO.
  • C. Repeat:

    Repeat steps A-C for remaining fingers in the set. Do not allow anything to touch the nails prior to Step 4.

Fills: Step 4 - Apply the Overlay

Application Order Note:

Application Order IconPerform Step 4: A-E one nail at a time on each nail in the set. For example, if you are performing Steps 2-5 on the four fingers of your left hand first, Step 4:A-E should be followed for each nail individually.
  • A. Dip:

    Doing one nail at a time, dip the applicator brush into the CDO and apply a medium size bead to the center of the nail. Close the lid of the CDO, keeping it away from light.
  • B. Apply:

    Use the applicator brush to push the CDO near to the cuticle and to the sides and end of the nail. CDO is a revolutionary self-leveling product and can be guided by turning your hand to direct the product on the nail. Place the brush between a piece of tinfoil and remove from light.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconYou want a thickness of about 5-7 sheets of paper. Make sure you cover the sides and end of the nail. Your CDO is self-leveling so let the product do the work for you by turning your finger in a position that will allow the CDO to go wherever you want it. The area of your nail most vulnerable to breakage is from the center to the tip. Apply your CDO so that it gradates from thinner at the back, which facilitates easier blending of fill-in lines, to thicker at the center and end of the nail, which reinforces the most vulnerable areas.
  • C. Form Nail:

    Form the nail and remove brush strokes by turning your hand upside down for 10 seconds.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconExcessive brushing can cause bubbles. If you see a bubble, pop it with your cuticle stick.
  • D. Remove Excess:

    Remove excess CDO from skin and cuticle using the cuticle stick.

    For Your Information:

    For Your InformationDon't worry if some of the CDO gets on your skin. CDO has been engineered to NOT bond to your skin.
  • E. Flash Bond:

    Using the bonding lamp, quick set the nail for one second, then remove for five seconds. Repeat this four times. Remove finger immediately if you feel a warming sensation, stop, remove the nail and let dry for a few seconds before continuing.
  • F. Repeat (if desired):

    If you want a thicker application, you can repeat steps A-E.

Fills: Step 5 - Cure Nails with UV Bond

  • A. Begin Bonding:

    One you complete Step 4:A-E on all four fingers (or two thumbs), cure the nails in the current set at the same time. Place fingers 8-10 inches under the bonding lamp and slowly lower the hood.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconTo ensure even curing on all nails, place your fingers on the lamp's base in the center-most portion of the lamp, directly under the bulb. Position your fingers at a slight angle so they are flat and close together but not touching each other. When bonding your thumbs, bring the lamp to the edge of your table to more easily lay your thumbs flat under the lamp.
  • B. Finish Bonding:

    Leave your fingers in the center of the bonding lamp under the lowered hood for 90 seconds. Remove your hand and lightly touch the product with your finger. If it feels slick, it is dry. If product is still tacky, repeat at 60-second intervals.
  • C. File and Shape:

    If necessary, remove excess cured CDO with the White Shaping File.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconFile coming up under the excess as filing on top of the nail removes the shine. File a little bit under the end of the nail, but not too much as over-filing can take off the protective CDO cap you put on the nail.
  • D. Cleanse:

    Clean the skin and cuticle with the Nail Cleanse and a clean dry applicator swab.

Advanced Application: Sculpted Nails

For Your Information:

For Your Information Sculpted nails are created by applying a nail form under the tip of your natural nail (at the end of your finger) by which you sculpt the nail and free edge, extending the length and shape of your natural nail without tips.

Before You Begin:

In sculpting nails, you will use a form to create an extension of the nail. We carry the most popular forms, including the horse-shoe and square-shaped forms. Your natural nails need to have at least a small amount of growth for the forms to "tuck" under and fit securely. If you have very flat nail plates so that the form does not fit well, you may want to try tips for added length rather than forms.

Success Tip:

success tip iconIf you have not used forms before, practice on one of your nails until you're happy with the results. Placement of the form determines the shape of the sculptured nail. If you affix it too low under the free edge or off to one side, the resulting sculpted nail could be misshapen.

Application Order Note:

If you already have CDO on your nails, begin at Step 4, first filing down 20% of the CDO on all your nails to prevent product from building higher with each fill.

Sculpted Nails: Step 1 - Prepare Your Nails

  • A. Start:

    Start with clean, dry nails free of polish.
  • B. Cuticle:

    Use the cuticle stick to push back the cuticle.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconAs you push it back, you may see a little bit of white cuticle skin on the nail plate. Use an edge of your buffing block in a seesaw motion to remove that white tissue, as it blocks access to the natural nail plate.
  • C. Buff & File:

    Use the shaping file and buffing block to file your nails to the desired shape and buff the nails. Be sure to remove any excess cuticle with the block in a back and forth motion, and remove all shine from the nail. Wipe off any dust with a clean, dry paper towel.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconUsing the 100 side of your nail file, take the shine off the rest of the natural nail plate. File the top, corners and sides. Pull the skin away from the nail in order to get all the oil from the sides of the nail plate. Oil impedes adhesion, so you want to take all the shine off of the natural nail plate.

Application Order Note:

Application Order IconSteps 2-5 are done three times: First complete steps 2-5 for four fingers of one hand, repeat steps 2-5 for four fingers of other hand, then repeat steps 2-5 on thumbs.

Sculpted Nails: Step 2 - Cleanse Your Nails

  • A. Cleanse:

    Place a drop or two of anti-microbial Nail Cleanse on each nail and thoroughly clean the entire nail plate with an applicator swab. Pull the skin away from the sides to be sure it's completely cleaned.
  • B. Protect:

    Close the Nail Cleanse immediately after use and do not allow anything to touch the nails prior to Step 3.

Sculpted Nails: Step 3 - Apply the Protein Bond

  • A. Dip:

    Dip a new applicator swab straight in and out of the Protein Bond without tapping the sides and close the bottle.

    Product Care:

    Product Care Info IconClose the Protein Bond bottle immediately. Overexposure to air can cause some crystallization.
  • B. Apply bond:

    Rub the Protein Bond onto the nail plate, covering the entire nail, so the nail is wet without being soaked. Pay special attention to the back and sides of the nail and then coat the free edge.
  • C. Repeat:

    Repeat steps A-C for remaining fingers in the set. Do not allow anything to touch the nails prior to Step 4.

Sculpted Nails: Step 4 - Position the Form

  • A. Place:

    Place the form snugly under your fingernail.
  • B. Secure:

    Stick the ‘arms' of the form together under your finger without twisting or contorting the form. If you're using reusable forms, pinch the ‘arms' of the form toward each other under your finger.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconFor a more arched shape, pinch the arms more closely together, pushing the form further up under the nail. If you have flat nails, the form will extend past your nail in a flatter shape. If you wish, you can modify the arch later by applying more CDO and guiding it to the shape you desire or you can use tips.

Sculpted Nails: Step 5 - Apply the Overlay

Application Order Note:

Application Order IconPerform Step 5: A-E one nail at a time on each nail in the set. For example, if you are performing Steps 2-5 on the four fingers of your left hand first, Step 5:A-E should be followed for each nail individually.
  • A. Dip:

    Doing one nail at a time, dip the applicator brush into the CDO and apply a medium size bead to the center of the nail. Close the lid of the CDO, keeping it away from light.
  • B. Apply:

    Use the applicator brush to push the CDO near to the cuticle and to the sides and end of the nail form. CDO is a revolutionary self-leveling product and can be guided by turning your hand to direct the product on the nail. Place the brush between a piece of tinfoil and remove from light.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconYou want a thickness of about 5-7 sheets of paper. Make sure you cover the sides and end of the nail form. Your CDO is self-leveling so let the product do the work for you by turning your finger in a position that will allow the CDO to go wherever you want it. The area of your nail most vulnerable to breakage is from the center to the tip. Apply your CDO so that it gradates from thinner at the back, which facilitates easier blending of fill-in lines, to thicker at the center and end of the nail, which reinforces the most vulnerable areas.
  • C. Form Nail:

    Form the nail and remove brush strokes by turning your hand upside down for 10 seconds.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconExcessive brushing can cause bubbles. If you see a bubble, pop it with your cuticle stick.
  • D. Remove Excess:

    Remove excess CDO from skin and cuticle using the cuticle stick.

    For Your Information:

    For Your InformationDon't worry if some of the CDO gets on your skin. CDO has been engineered to NOT bond to your skin.
  • E. Flash Bond:

    Using the bonding lamp, quick set the nail for one second, then remove for five seconds. Repeat this four times. Remove finger immediately if you feel a warming sensation, stop, remove the nail and let dry for a few seconds before continuing.
  • F. Repeat (if desired):

    If you want a thicker application, you can repeat steps A-E.

Sculpted Nails: Step 6 - Cure Nails with UV Bond

  • A. Begin Bonding:

    One you complete Step 4:A-E on all four fingers (or two thumbs), cure the nails in the current set at the same time. Place fingers 8-10 inches under the bonding lamp and slowly lower the hood.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconTo ensure even curing on all nails, place your fingers on the lamp's base in the center-most portion of the lamp, directly under the bulb. Position your fingers at a slight angle so they are flat and close together but not touching each other. When bonding your thumbs, bring the lamp to the edge of your table to more easily lay your thumbs flat under the lamp.
  • B. Finish Bonding

    Leave your fingers in the center of the bonding lamp under the lowered hood for 90 seconds. Remove your hand and lightly touch the product with your finger. If it feels slick, it is dry. If product is still tacky, repeat at 60-second intervals.
  • C. Remove Forms:

    Carefully pull the forms out from under the nails. (When you take the forms off, you'll see that the product is transparent.)
  • D. File and Shape:

    If necessary, remove excess cured CDO with the White Shaping File.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconFile coming up under the excess as filing on top of the nail removes the shine. File a little bit under the end of the nail, but not too much as over-filing can take off the protective CDO cap you put on the nail.
  • E. Cleanse

    Clean the skin and cuticle with the Nail Cleanse and a clean dry applicator swab.

Advanced Application: French Tips

French tips are a beautiful way to enhance your natural nail look, and Personal Salon makes it easy to get a salon look at home. Personal Salon offers Brite White or Natural French White tips.

Application Order Note:

If you do not already have CDO on your nails, follow the complete Basic Application instructions to first apply CDO to your nails prior to beginning French Tip application. If you do have CDO, begin with French Tips: Step 1 below.

French Tips: Step 1- Prepare the Nails

  • A. Remove Shine:

    Take the shine off the CDO using rubbing alcohol on a clean paper towel.
  • B. Place Guidelines:

    Follow the instructions on the package. If you don't already have tip guidelines, you can purchase them on our website.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconFor easy access, put a drop of Natural or Brite White on a clean piece of paper. Sticky notes work well for this as they stay in place.

Application Order Note:

Application Order IconPerform Steps 2 one nail at a time on each nail in the set. For example, if you are performing Steps 2-5 on the four fingers of your left hand first, Step 2 should be followed for each nail individually.

French Tips: Step 2 - Apply French White

  • A. Apply:

    Pick up some French White on both sides of your brush. Start at the end of your natural nail bed and use short strokes to coat to the end of the tip of the nail until the entire tip has one coat of French White. Turn your hand over to self-level then turn it back up again.
  • B. Clean:

    Clean off any white from the skin. Use your cuticle stick to remove any white you may have gotten on the skin beside or under your nail.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconYou're going to see streaks in the first coat. This is normal and expected.
  • C. Set:

    Turn on your bonding lamp and raise the hood. Put your finger on the bottom plate of the lamp and lower the hood. Keep your nail under the lamp for 5-10 seconds.
  • D. Add Second Coat:

    Repeat Step 2: A-C on the remaining fingers in the current set, doing one finger at a time as before.

French Tips: Step 3 - Apply the Overlay

Application Order Note:

Application Order IconPerform Step 3: A-E one nail at a time on each nail in the set. For example, if you are performing Steps 2-5 on the four fingers of your left hand first, Step 3:A-E should be followed for each nail individually.
  • A. Dip:

    Doing one nail at a time, dip the applicator brush into the CDO and apply a medium size bead to the center of the nail. Close the lid of the CDO, keeping it away from light.
  • B. Apply:

    Use the applicator brush to push the CDO near to the cuticle and to the sides and end of the nail form. CDO is a revolutionary self-leveling product and can be guided by turning your hand to direct the product on the nail. Place the brush between a piece of tinfoil and remove from light.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconYou want a thickness of about 5-7 sheets of paper. Make sure you cover the sides and end of the nail form. Your CDO is self-leveling so let the product do the work for you by turning your finger in a position that will allow the CDO to go wherever you want it. The area of your nail most vulnerable to breakage is from the center to the tip. Apply your CDO so that it gradates from thinner at the back, which facilitates easier blending of fill-in lines, to thicker at the center and end of the nail, which reinforces the most vulnerable areas.
  • C. Form Nail:

    Form the nail and remove brush strokes by turning your hand upside down for 10 seconds.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconExcessive brushing can cause bubbles. If you see a bubble, pop it with your cuticle stick.
  • D. Remove Excess:

    Remove excess CDO from skin and cuticle using the cuticle stick.

    For Your Information:

    For Your InformationDon't worry if some of the CDO gets on your skin. CDO has been engineered to NOT bond to your skin.
  • E. Flash Bond:

    Using the bonding lamp, quick set the nail for one second, then remove for five seconds. Repeat this four times. Remove finger immediately if you feel a warming sensation, stop, remove the nail and let dry for a few seconds before continuing.
  • F. Repeat (if desired):

    If you want a thicker application, you can repeat steps A-E.

French Tips: Step 4 - Cure Nails with UV Bond

  • A. Begin Bonding:

    One you complete Step 4:A-E on all four fingers (or two thumbs), cure the nails in the current set at the same time. Place fingers 8-10 inches under the bonding lamp and slowly lower the hood.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconTo ensure even curing on all nails, place your fingers on the lamp's base in the center-most portion of the lamp, directly under the bulb. Position your fingers at a slight angle so they are flat and close together but not touching each other. When bonding your thumbs, bring the lamp to the edge of your table to more easily lay your thumbs flat under the lamp.
  • B. Finish Bonding

    Leave your fingers in the center of the bonding lamp under the lowered hood for 90 seconds. Remove your hand and lightly touch the product with your finger. If it feels slick, it is dry. If product is still tacky, repeat at 60-second intervals.
  • C. Remove Forms:

    Carefully pull the forms out from under the nails. (When you take the forms off, you'll see that the product is transparent.)
  • D. File and Shape:

    If necessary, remove excess cured CDO with the White Shaping File.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconFile coming up under the excess as filing on top of the nail removes the shine. File a little bit under the end of the nail, but not too much as over-filing can take off the protective CDO cap you put on the nail.
  • E. Cleanse

    Clean the skin and cuticle with the Nail Cleanse and a clean dry applicator swab.

Advanced Application: Using Tips

Before you Begin:

NEVER glue a tip onto your natural nail. The adhesive used with tips is equivalent to super glue so that if the tip is removed, it may take several layers of your natural nail with it. If this happens, allow your nails proper time to heal before using any nail enhancement products. Tips are glued on top of the bonded CDO. When you sandwich the tip between layers of CDO, you not only protect your nail plate, you also strengthen the tip's hold. Use ONLY ABS-PLASTIC tips. Nylon tips won't work. • Pre-etched tips (such as Well-Less) can be glued on with little or no blending needed. On the underside of each tip, there is a curved line called the "guideline." The guideline separates the thinner area of the back of the tip called the "tip well," from the rest of the tip. The tip well is the ONLY part of the tip that seals onto the nail plate. The guideline should butt up against the free edge of your nail. Tips should cover no more than the front half of your nail.

Application Order Note:

If you do not already have CDO on your nails, follow the complete Basic Application instructions to first apply CDO to your nails prior to beginning Tip application. If you do have CDO, begin with Using Tips: Step 1 below.

Using Tips: Step 1 - Prepare the Nails

  • A. Select Tips:

    Match each nail with a corresponding tip that is the same width as the nail plate. If you can't find an exact match, choose a larger one and file the width down.
  • B. File and Shape:

    File the shine off the entire top surface of each tip using the 100 grit file. (You don't need to file the underside of a tip). If the tip well covers more than half of your nail plate, use your file to shorten it.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconIf you don't use pre-etched tips, grasp the front of the tip firmly between your fingers and use the 100 grit file to thin down the tip well area without filing through the plastic. When it starts to get fairly thin, switch to the 180 grit to carefully finish thinning the tip well area.
  • C. Fit Tips:

    Hold the tip at about a 45 degree angle downward and use an up and down "rocking" motion to seat the tip onto the nail. The guideline should butt up evenly against the tip of your nail. If the tip's guideline does not butt up securely against the free edge of the nail, lightly file and shape the nail to conform to the curve of the guideline. Make sure the tip covers the entire span of your nail plate and butts up against the skin on each side of the nail without overlapping onto it.
  • D. Remove Shine:

    File the shine off the entire surface of the bonded CDO with the 180 grit file..
  • E. Cleanse:

    Wipe off any filing dust with a clean paper towel. Use your anti-microbial cleanser, Nail Cleanse, to remove any remaining dust or oil. Drop some Nail Cleanse onto either the end of an Applicator Swab, a paper towel, or directly onto the CDO on your nail.

Application Order Note:

Application Order IconPerform Step 2: A-E one nail at a time on each nail in the set. For example, if you are performing Steps 2-5 on the four fingers of your left hand first, Step 5:A-E should be followed for each nail individually.

Using Tips: Step 2- Apply Tip

  • A. Apply Glue:

    Squeeze a drop of glue near the outer edge of each side of the tip's well or brush glue onto the well area so that the area is filled. Be sure not to "flood" the tip. If you accidentally overfill, use a dry paper towel to blot up any excess or use your glue brush to wipe it off.
  • B. Align:

    Carefully butt the tip guideline up against the free edge of your nail using the rocking motion practiced earlier. The glue should distribute evenly under the tip. If any glue seeps onto the nail bed, wipe it off immediately with a quick swipe of a clean paper towel.
  • C. Glue Tips:

    Press the tip firmly down onto your nail. Be sure the tip is straight! Continue to apply even pressure for about 30 seconds. To prevent air pockets, be careful not to bump it. Gently release your fingers from pressing down on the tip. You may find that your fingers are partially glued to the tip, so be careful not to pull away too fast.
  • D. Repeat:

    Repeat A-C on the remaining fingers in the set, doing one finger at a time as before..

Using Tips: Step 3 - Shape and Cleanse

  • A. Cut, File and Shape:

    Using a pair of heavy-duty nail clippers, trim your tips slightly longer than the desired length. Shape the tips using the 100/180 grit file. Smooth the edges with your buffer.
  • B. Cleanse:

    Use Nail Cleanse to thoroughly clean the CDO, tip, skin, and cuticle .

Using Tips: Step 4 - Apply the Overlay

Application Order Note:

Application Order IconPerform Step 3: A-E one nail at a time on each nail in the set. For example, if you are performing Steps 2-5 on the four fingers of your left hand first, Step 3:A-E should be followed for each nail individually.
  • A. Dip:

    Doing one nail at a time, dip the applicator brush into the CDO and apply a medium size bead to the center of the nail. Close the lid of the CDO, keeping it away from light.
  • B. Apply:

    Use the applicator brush to push the CDO near to the cuticle and to the sides and end of the nail form. CDO is a revolutionary self-leveling product and can be guided by turning your hand to direct the product on the nail. Place the brush between a piece of tinfoil and remove from light.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconYou want a thickness of about 5-7 sheets of paper. Make sure you cover the sides and end of the nail form. Your CDO is self-leveling so let the product do the work for you by turning your finger in a position that will allow the CDO to go wherever you want it. The area of your nail most vulnerable to breakage is from the center to the tip. Apply your CDO so that it gradates from thinner at the back, which facilitates easier blending of fill-in lines, to thicker at the center and end of the nail, which reinforces the most vulnerable areas.
  • C. Form Nail:

    Form the nail and remove brush strokes by turning your hand upside down for 10 seconds.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconExcessive brushing can cause bubbles. If you see a bubble, pop it with your cuticle stick.
  • D. Remove Excess:

    Remove excess CDO from skin and cuticle using the cuticle stick.

    For Your Information:

    For Your InformationDon't worry if some of the CDO gets on your skin. CDO has been engineered to NOT bond to your skin.
  • E. Flash Bond:

    Using the bonding lamp, quick set the nail for one second, then remove for five seconds. Repeat this four times. Remove finger immediately if you feel a warming sensation, stop, remove the nail and let dry for a few seconds before continuing.
  • F. Repeat (if desired):

    If you want a thicker application, you can repeat steps A-E.

Using Tips: Step 5 - Cure Nails with UV Bond

  • A. Begin Bonding:

    One you complete Step 5:A-E on all four fingers (or two thumbs), cure the nails in the current set at the same time. Place fingers 8-10 inches under the bonding lamp and slowly lower the hood.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconTo ensure even curing on all nails, place your fingers on the lamp's base in the center-most portion of the lamp, directly under the bulb. Position your fingers at a slight angle so they are flat and close together but not touching each other. When bonding your thumbs, bring the lamp to the edge of your table to more easily lay your thumbs flat under the lamp.
  • B. Finish Bonding

    Leave your fingers in the center of the bonding lamp under the lowered hood for 90 seconds. Remove your hand and lightly touch the product with your finger. If it feels slick, it is dry. If product is still tacky, repeat at 60-second intervals.
  • C. Remove Forms:

    Carefully pull the forms out from under the nails. (When you take the forms off, you'll see that the product is transparent.)
  • D. File and Shape:

    If necessary, remove excess cured CDO with the White Shaping File.

    Success Tip:

    success tip iconFile coming up under the excess as filing on top of the nail removes the shine. File a little bit under the end of the nail, but not too much as over-filing can take off the protective CDO cap you put on the nail.
  • E. Cleanse

    Clean the skin and cuticle with the Nail Cleanse and a clean dry applicator swab.
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