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3 Stroke Method

Terms

3-Free

Terms

3D Nail Art

Terms

4-Free

Terms

5-Free

Terms

6-Free

Terms

7-Free

Terms

8-Free

Terms

9-Free

Terms

a

Abrasive

Terms

ABS Plastic

Terms

Abyssinian Oil

Terms

Accelerator

Terms

Accreditation

Terms

Acetone

Terms

Acid

Terms

Acid Primer

Terms

Acid-Based

Terms

Acid-Free

Terms

Acrylates

Terms

Acrylic

Terms

Acrylic Brush

Terms

Acrylic Dip Powder

Terms

Activator

Terms

Acupressure

Terms

Acute Effects

Terms

Acute Exposure

Terms

Add-On Services

Terms

Adhesive

Terms

Agnails

Terms

Air Purification

Terms

Airbrush

Terms

Alkaline

Terms

Allergen

Terms

Allergic Contact Dermatitis

Terms

Allergic Reaction

Terms

Allergy

Terms

Almond Oil

Terms

Aloe Vera

Terms

Alopecia Areata

Terms

Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA)

Terms

American Manicure

Terms

Amino Acids

Terms

Angular Brush

Terms

Anonychia

Terms

Anti-Inflammatory

Terms

Antibacterial

Terms

Antifungal

Terms

Antimicrobial

Terms

Antioxidant

Terms

Antiseptic

Terms

Appliques

Terms

Apprenticeship

Terms

Argan Oil

Terms

Aromatherapy

Terms

Aromatic

Terms

Arthritis

Terms

Athlete’s Foot

Terms

Autoclave

Terms

Avulsion

Terms

Ayurveda

Terms

Azulene

Terms

b

Back-Fill

Terms

Bacteria

Terms

Bactericidal

Terms

Baking Soda

Terms

Balance Point Positioning

Terms

Bar Glitter

Terms

Barbicide

Terms

Bartering

Terms

Base

Terms

Base Coat

Terms

Beau’s Lines

Terms

Bed

Terms

Beeswax

Terms

Benzoyl Peroxide (BPO)

Terms

Beta-Hydroxy Acid

Terms

Biotin

Terms

Bit

Terms

Blending

Terms

Body Butter

Terms

Body Jewelry

Terms

Boiling Point

Terms

Bonder

Terms

Booth Rental

Terms

Botanical

Terms

Boutique Nail Salon

Terms

Breathing Zone

Terms

Bridal Nails

Terms

Brittle Nails

Terms

Brittleness

Terms

Bruised Nails

Terms

Brush

Terms

Brush-On Gel

Terms

Buffer

Terms

Buffing

Terms

Buffing Creams

Terms

Bunion

Terms

Bur

Terms

c

C Curve

Terms

Caffeine

Terms

Callus

Terms

Callus Remover (Mechanical)

Terms

Callus Remover (Topical)

Terms

Carbide

Terms

Carcinogen

Terms

Career

Terms

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Terms

Cartilage

Terms

CAS Number

Terms

Catalyst

Terms

Caustic

Terms

Caviar

Terms

Centipose (CPS)

Terms

CEU (Continuing Education Unit)

Terms

Chamois Buffer

Terms

Chamomile

Terms

Chelating Surfactant

Terms

Chemical

Terms

Chemistry

Terms

Chevron

Terms

Chrome

Terms

Chronic Effects

Terms

Chronic Myofascial Pain

Terms

Cinderella Hand

Slang

Cinnamon

Terms

Citric Acid

Terms

Claw Pose

Slang

Claws

Slang

Clean-Up

Terms

Cleanser

Terms

Co-Polymer

Terms

Coating

Terms

Coffin Nails (AKA Ballerina)

Terms

Collagen

Terms

Color Blocking

Terms

Colored Acrylics

Terms

Colored Acrylics And Gels

Terms

Colored Gel

Terms

Combustible

Terms

Commission

Terms

Competition

Terms

Competition Products

Terms

Contact Dermatitis

Terms

Contamination

Terms

Continuing Education

Terms

Core Collection

Terms

Corn

Terms

Corporation

Terms

Corrosive

Terms

Cosmetic Drugs

Terms

Cosmetics

Terms

Covalent Bond

Terms

Crackle

Terms

Cream / Creme

Terms

Crelly

Slang

Cross-Linked Polymer

Terms

Cross-Linkers

Terms

Cruelty Free

Terms

Crystal Files

Terms

Crystallization

Terms

Cucumber

Terms

Cumulative Trauma Disorders (CTDS)

Terms

Cure

Terms

Curette

Terms

Curing Agent

Terms

Custom Blending

Terms

Cuticle

Terms

Cuticle Drag

Terms

Cuticle Flooding

Terms

Cuticle Gap

Terms

Cuticle Oil

Terms

Cutis

Terms

Cyanoacrylate

Terms

d

Dabbing / Longbrush

Terms

Dappen Dish

Terms

Day Spa

Terms

Dead Sea Salts

Terms

Deal Sheet

Terms

Decal

Terms

Decant

Terms

Decontamination

Terms

Defatting

Terms

Dehydrate

Terms

Dehydrator

Terms

Delamination

Terms

Depilatory

Terms

Dermabrasion

Terms

Dermatitis

Terms

Dermatologist

Terms

Dermatophyte

Terms

Dermis

Terms

Desairology

Terms

Design Acrylics

Terms

Destash

Slang

Destination Spa

Terms

Detailer Brush

Terms

Diabetes

Terms

Diabetic Clients

Terms

Diamond Bit

Terms

Diamond Dust

Terms

Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)

Terms

Diffusion

Terms

Discolored Nail

Terms

Disinfectable

Terms

Disinfectant

Terms

Disinfection

Terms

DISO

Slang

Disposable

Terms

Distal Edge Of Nail

Terms

Distributor

Terms

Diversion

Terms

Double Load

Terms

Double Stamping

Terms

Drag

Terms

Drill

Terms

Dry Manicure

Terms

Duochrome

Terms

Dupe

Slang

Dusty Hunting/Bin Diving

Slang

Dyshidrosis

Terms

e

Ear Coning/Candling

Terms

Eczema

Terms

Edema

Terms

Edge Nails

Terms

Eggshell Nails

Terms

Electric File

Terms

Embed

Terms

Embellishment

Terms

Emery Board

Terms

Employee

Terms

Enamel

Terms

Enhancement

Terms

Enzyme

Terms

EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)

Terms

EPA-Registered Disinfectant

Terms

Epidermis

Terms

Eponychium

Terms

Ergonomics

Terms

Essential Oil

Terms

Esters

Terms

Esthetician

Terms

Esthetics

Terms

Etch

Terms

Ethyl Methacrylate (EMA)

Terms

Eucalyptus

Terms

Exfoliate

Terms

Exfoliative Keratolysis

Terms

Exothermic

Terms

f

Fan Brush

Terms

Fantasy Nail Art

Terms

Fast Dry

Terms

Fast Set Acrylics

Terms

Ferrule

Terms

Fiber

Terms

Fiberglass

Terms

Files

Terms

Fill Or Fill-In

Terms

Fill-In

Terms

Film Formers

Terms

Fimo Cane

Terms

Fingernail

Terms

Finish

Terms

Fish Pedicure

Terms

Five-Free

Terms

Flammability/Explosive Limits

Terms

Flammable Liquids

Terms

Flash Point

Terms

Flexibility

Terms

Floated Color

Terms

Flooding

Terms

Foil

Terms

Foil Method

Terms

Follicles

Terms

Foot Care

Terms

Foot Odor

Terms

Foot Spa

Terms

Formaldehyde

Terms

Formaldehyde Resin

Terms

Formalin

Terms

Forms

Terms

Formula

Terms

Franchise

Terms

Franken

Slang

Frankener

Slang

Frankening

Slang

Free Edge

Terms

Free Radicals

Terms

French Manicure

Terms

French Tip

Terms

Frost

Terms

Full Set

Terms

Full-Service Salon

Terms

Fumes

Terms

Fungicidal

Terms

Fungicide

Terms

Fungus

Terms

Furrows

Terms

g

Ganglion Cyst

Terms

Gap

Terms

Gas

Terms

Gel (Alternate Chemical Definition)

Terms

Gel (Gel Nails)

Terms

Gel Cleanser

Terms

Gel Light

Terms

Gel System

Terms

Gel-Polish

Terms

Gels

Terms

Germicide

Terms

Ginseng

Terms

Glass Fleck

Terms

Glimmer

Terms

Glitter

Terms

Glomus Tumor

Terms

Glue

Terms

Glycerin

Terms

Glycolic Acid

Terms

Granuloma

Terms

Grapefruit

Terms

Green Tea

Terms

Greenies

Terms

Grit

Terms

h

Habit Tic

Terms

Haglund’s Deformity

Terms

Hair Follicle

Terms

Hammertoe

Terms

Hangnail

Terms

Hangnails

Terms

Hapalonychia

Terms

Hardener

Terms

Hardness

Terms

Haul

Slang

Hazardous Ingredient

Terms

Helmer

Terms

Hematoma

Terms

Hemorrhage

Terms

Hemp Seed Oil

Terms

Hepatitis C

Terms

HG

Slang

Highlight

Terms

HMIS (Hazardous Materials Identification System)

Terms

Holo

Slang

Holographic

Terms

Holy Grail

Slang

Honey

Terms

Hormone

Terms

HTF

Slang

Humectant

Terms

Hungry Polish And Glitter Food

Slang

Hvac

Terms

Hydrate

Terms

Hydrophilic

Terms

Hydrophobic

Terms

Hydroxyl Ethyl Methacrylate (HEMA)

Terms

Hyperhidrosis

Terms

Hypoallergenic

Terms

Hyponychium

Terms

i

Implement

Terms

INCI Dictionary

Terms

Incurvated Nails

Terms

Independent Contractor

Terms

Indie Or Indie Polish

Slang

Ingrown Hair

Terms

Ingrown Nail

Terms

Ingrown Nails

Terms

Inhibition Layer

Terms

Inhibitors

Terms

Initiator

Terms

Inorganic

Terms

Intercellular

Terms

Inverse Pterygium

Terms

Iridescent

Terms

Irritant

Terms

ISO

Slang

Itraconazole

Terms

j

Jasmine

Terms

Jelly

Slang

Jelly Sandwich

Slang

Jojoba

Terms

Juliette Wrap

Terms

k

Keratin

Terms

Koilonychia

Terms

Kolinsky

Terms

Konad

Terms

Konadicure

Slang

l

Lacquer

Terms

Lacqueristas/Nailistas

Slang

Lactic Acid

Terms

Laminate

Terms

Lanolin

Terms

Lateral Nail Fold

Terms

Latex

Terms

Lavender

Terms

LD50

Terms

LE

Terms

Lecithin

Terms

LED Lamp

Terms

Lemming

Slang

Leukonychia

Terms

Licensing

Terms

Lichen Planus

Terms

Licorice Root

Terms

Lifting

Terms

Light Cure

Terms

Light-Activated Acrylics

Terms

Lindsay’s Nails

Terms

Line Work

Terms

Linear Polymer

Terms

Linen Wrap

Terms

Liner Brush

Terms

Lipid

Terms

Lipstick Nails

Terms

Liquid Resins

Terms

Liquid Wrap

Terms

Liquid-To-Powder Ratio

Terms

Lobster Hands

Slang

Local Exhaust

Terms

Longitudinal Grooves

Terms

Lotion

Terms

Lunula

Terms

Lymphatic System

Terms

m

Mainstream

Terms

Malignant

Terms

Manicure

Terms

Manicure Table

Terms

Manicurist

Terms

Mannequin Hands

Terms

Mantle

Terms

Manufacturer’s Educator

Terms

Marbler Brush

Terms

Mask

Terms

Massage

Terms

Matrix

Terms

Matte

Terms

Matte Top Coat

Terms

Mechanical Exhaust

Terms

Medical Pedicure

Terms

Medispa

Terms

Melanonychia

Terms

Melmer

Slang

Men’s Services

Terms

Menthol

Terms

Mesh Size

Terms

Metacarpals

Terms

Metatarsals

Terms

Methacrylate

Terms

Methacrylic Acid

Terms

Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK)

Terms

Methyl Methacrylate – MMA

Terms

Methyl Methacrylate (MMA)

Terms

Methyl Methacrylate Polymer (PMMA)

Terms

Methylene Chloride

Terms

Mica

Terms

Micro Buffer

Terms

Micro-Organism

Terms

Microdermabrasion

Terms

Mildew

Terms

Milk

Terms

Mineral Oil

Terms

Mist

Terms

Mix Ratio

Terms

Mobile Salon

Terms

Moisturizer

Terms

Mold

Terms

Monomer

Terms

Moon Manicure

Terms

MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets)

Terms

Muehrcke’s Lines

Terms

Multi-Media Nail Art

Terms

Multichrome

Terms

Mycobacteria

Terms

Mycobacterium Fortuitum

Terms

Myxoid Cyst

Terms

n

Nail Art

Terms

Nail Bed

Terms

Nail Biting

Terms

Nail Care

Terms

Nail Disease/Disorder

Terms

Nail Fold

Terms

Nail Grooves

Terms

Nail Lacquer

Terms

Nail Mail

Slang

Nail Plate

Terms

Nail Polish

Terms

Nail Polish Dryer

Terms

Nail Polish Remover

Terms

Nail Polish Thinner

Terms

Nail Prep

Terms

Nail Root

Terms

Nail Strengthener

Terms

Nail Technician (Nail Tech)

Terms

Nail Tips

Terms

Nail Trauma

Terms

Nail Treatment

Terms

Nail Tumor

Terms

Nail Walls

Terms

Nail Wheel

Terms

Nail Wrap

Terms

Nail Yeast Infection

Terms

Nanotechnology

Terms

Natural

Terms

Natural Nail

Terms

Natural Nail Care

Terms

Neuromas

Terms

Newbie

Slang

NFPA Hazard Classification

Terms

Nippers

Terms

Nitrocellulose

Terms

No-Buy

Slang

No-Light Gel

Terms

Non-Acid Primer

Terms

Non-Toxic

Terms

NOTD

Slang

NP

Slang

Nubbins

Slang

Nuggle

Slang

o

Oats

Terms

Occupational Dermatitis

Terms

Odorless Acrylics

Terms

Oligomer

Terms

Ombre

Terms

Onychalgia

Terms

Onychatrophia

Terms

Onychauxis

Terms

Onychauxis (Or Hypertrophy)

Terms

Onychectomy

Terms

Onychia

Terms

Onychitis

Terms

Onychocryptosis

Terms

Onychocryptosis (Ingrown Nails)

Terms

Onychodystrophy

Terms

Onychogryphosis

Terms

Onychoheterotopia

Terms

Onychoincurvatum

Terms

Onycholysis

Terms

Onychomalacia

Terms

Onychomycosis

Terms

Onychopathy

Terms

Onychophagia

Terms

Onychophosis

Terms

Onychoptosis

Terms

Onychorrhexis

Terms

Onychoschizia

Terms

Onychosis

Terms

Onychotillomania

Terms

Onyx

Terms

Orange Stick

Terms

Organic

Terms

OSHA (Occupational Safety And Health Administration)

Terms

Osmosis

Terms

OTC (Over The Counter)

Terms

Overexposure

Terms

Overlay

Terms

Oxidation

Terms

Ozone

Terms

p

Panthenol

Terms

Papaya

Terms

Paraffin Wax

Terms

Paronychia

Terms

Paronychium

Terms

Party Nails

Terms

Pathogen

Terms

Pedi Spa

Terms

Pedicure

Terms

Pedicure /Pedi

Terms

Pedicure Equipment

Terms

Peel-Off Basecoat

Terms

Peppermint

Terms

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

Terms

Peripheral Vascular Disease

Terms

Permanent French Manicure (PFM)

Terms

Permissible Exposure Limit (Pel)

Terms

pH

Terms

Ph Number

Terms

Phalanges

Terms

Photoinitiators

Terms

Photosynthesis

Terms

Phthalates

Terms

Pigment

Terms

Pincer Nails

Terms

Pink & Whites (P&W’S)

Terms

Pink-And-White

Terms

Pipeless

Terms

Plantar Fasciitis

Terms

Plantar Warts

Terms

Plastic

Terms

Plastic Tips

Terms

Plasticizer

Terms

Platonychia

Terms

Polish Thinner

Terms

Polymer

Terms

Polymerization

Terms

Pomegranate

Terms

Pond Manicure

Terms

Porcelain

Terms

Porous

Terms

Portfolio

Terms

Powder

Terms

Prep

Terms

Press-On Nails

Terms

Primary Allergen

Terms

Primary Irritant

Terms

Primer

Terms

Private Labeling

Terms

Proximal Nail Fold

Terms

Pseudomonas

Terms

Psoriasis

Terms

Pterygium

Terms

Pterygium Remover Tool

Terms

Pumice

Terms

Pumpkin

Terms

Pusher

Terms

q

Quick Dry

Terms

r

Ram’s Horn

Slang

RAOK

Slang

Raynaud’s Syndrome

Terms

Rebalance

Terms

Reciprocity

Terms

Reflexology

Terms

Removal Products

Terms

Resin

Terms

Retail Merchandising

Terms

Ridge Fillers

Terms

Rings Of Fire

Terms

Ringworm

Terms

Rockstar Toes

Terms

RPM (Rotations Per Minute)

Terms

Ruffian Manicure

Slang

Russian Sable

Terms

s

Salicylic Acid

Terms

Salon Decor/Design

Terms

Sanitation

Terms

Sanitizable

Terms

Sanitizer

Terms

Satin

Terms

Scattered Holographic

Terms

Scraper

Terms

Scrubs

Terms

Sculpt

Terms

Sculptured Nails

Terms

Sealing Edges

Terms

Seaweed

Terms

Sector Sculpting

Terms

Self-Leveling

Terms

Sensitization

Terms

Sensitizer

Terms

Shader Brush

Terms

Shading

Terms

Shattered Glass

Terms

Shea Butter

Terms

Sheer

Terms

Shimmer

Terms

Shreds

Terms

Shrinkage

Terms

Side Load

Terms

Sidewall

Terms

Silicon Carbide

Terms

Silk Protein/Silk Peptide

Terms

Silk Wrap

Terms

Ski Jump Nails

Terms

Skin Absorption

Terms

Skin Cancer

Terms

Skin Care

Terms

Skin Ulcer

Terms

Skittle

Slang

Skittlette

Slang

Smile Line

Terms

Soak-Off Gels

Terms

Sole Proprietor

Terms

Solehorn

Terms

Solidification

Terms

Solute

Terms

Solvent

Terms

Soy

Terms

Spa

Terms

Special Needs Client

Terms

Specific Gravity

Terms

Spectraflair

Terms

Splinter Hemorrhage

Terms

Spoon Nails

Terms

Spun Sugar

Terms

Squoval

Terms

Stamper

Terms

Stamping

Terms

Stamping Marble

Terms

Stamping Plates

Terms

Stamping Polish

Terms

Stash

Slang

State Board

Terms

Steamer

Terms

Stencils

Terms

Sterilization

Terms

Sterilizer

Terms

Stiletto Nails

Terms

Stippling

Terms

Stratum

Terms

Stratum Corneum

Terms

Stratum Germinativum

Terms

Stratum Granulosum

Terms

Stratum Lucidum

Terms

Stratum Mucosum

Terms

Strength

Terms

Striper Brush

Terms

Stripette Brush

Terms

Striping Tape

Terms

Stylus Dots

Terms

Subungual

Terms

Subungual Hematoma

Terms

Suede

Terms

Sunsetting

Terms

Surfactant

Terms

Swap

Slang

Swaplifter

Slang

Swatch

Terms

Swatch Stick

Terms

Swatch Wheel

Terms

t

Tacky Layer

Terms

TAF Resin

Terms

Tape Manicure

Terms

Tea Tree Oil

Terms

Teabagging

Slang

Temperature

Terms

Terbinafine

Terms

Terminal Hair

Terms

Terry’s Nails

Terms

Texture

Terms

Thermal

Terms

Thixotropic

Terms

Threshold Limit Value

Terms

Tinea Pedis

Terms

Tinea Unguium

Terms

Tip Cutter

Terms

Tip Overlay

Terms

Tip Wear

Terms

Titanium Dioxide

Terms

Toluene

Terms

Toner

Terms

Top Coat

Terms

Topper

Terms

Toughness

Terms

Toxic

Terms

Toxic Trio

Terms

Toxicity

Terms

Trachyonychia

Terms

Trade Name

Terms

Tradeshow

Terms

Tuberculocidal

Terms

Tweezers

Terms

u

UL Listed

Terms

Ultraviolet (UV)

Terms

Underwear // Undies

Slang

Undies

Slang

Unguis

Terms

Unguis incarnatus

Terms

Untrieds

Terms

Urea

Terms

UV Light

Terms

UV Topcoat

Terms

UV-A And UV-B Rays

Terms

UV-CFL Lamp

Terms

UV-Cured Acrylics

Terms

v

Vampy

Slang

Vapor

Terms

Vapor Density

Terms

Vapor Pressure

Terms

Ventilate

Terms

Ventilation Systems

Terms

VHTF

Slang

Virucidal

Terms

Viscosity

Terms

Vitamin E

Terms

VNL

Terms

Volatile

Terms

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)

Terms

Volatility

Terms

Volcanic Clay

Terms

w

Walk-In

Terms

Wash

Terms

Water Based or All-Natural

Terms

Water Decals/Waterslide Decals

Terms

Water-Cured Acrylic

Terms

Watercolor

Terms

Waterfall

Terms

Waterless Manicure

Terms

Watermarble

Terms

Wattage

Terms

Waxing

Terms

Wellness

Terms

Wetting

Terms

Worker’s Compensation

Terms

Wrap Your Tips

Terms

Wraps

Terms

WTAC

Terms

y

Yeast

Terms

Yellow Nail Syndrome

Terms

Yellowing

Terms

Ylang-Ylang

Terms

z

Zinc

Terms

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