“Workflow is understanding your job, understanding your tools, and then not thinking about it anymore.” -Merlin Mann
Hey there fellow nail enthusiasts! Today, we’re going to dive into the impact that temperature has on our favorite nail products. It’s important to understand this relationship so that you can adjust your technique and product usage accordingly.
As you may already know, acrylic and gel react differently to temperature changes. In the winter, acrylic can become runny and take longer to set up, while gel can thicken and have slower self-leveling properties. On the flip side, in the summer, acrylic can set up like fast and gel can become very fluid and runny. But don’t worry, we’ve got some tips for you to keep your products consistent no matter the temperature.
First, let’s start with acrylic. As mentioned before, in the winter, acrylic can become runny and take longer to set up. To offset this, you can try using less liquid and working in thinner layers. You can also try warming up the liquid by placing the bottle in a cup of warm water before use. (Just remember to take all safety precautions when using warm water to avoid any accidents) Another option is to use fast setting powders in the winter as they will naturally set up quicker.
In the summer, acrylic tends to set up much faster. A great option here is to use slower setting powders to offset the effects of the temperature.
If at all possible, invest in temperature control tools, such as a heater or air conditioning, to maintain a consistent temperature in your workspace. This can help to prevent your products from reacting to the changing temperatures.
Now, let’s move on to gel. In the winter, gel can become thicker and have slower self-leveling properties. To counter this, you can try placing the gel in cloths or even a cooler of some sort, anything that has insulation. Another option is to use thinner gels (flex) in the winter as they will help to offset the effects of the temperature.
On the flipside, in the summer, gels will tend to thin out and run more. Using thicker gels (build, clear sculptor) will help to offset the temperature effects. Once again, insulating your gels is always a good idea to keep them protected from the effects of the temperature.
Just like with acrylic, investing in temperature control tools can also help with keeping your gel products consistent. And as always, be sure to store your products in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and heat sources.
I hope this helps to give you a better understanding of how to adjust your technique and product usage based on temperature changes. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to ask!