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How-to: Halo PoliBuild overlay on natural nails

By Guest Writer | 24 December 2020 | Feature, Technique

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The team at Pure Nails reveals more about Halo’s PoliBuild and how to apply to natural nails to create strength…

Some of you may have heard of this system, however others may be asking ‘What is Polibuild?’.

Halo PoliBuild Precision Gel combines the benefits acrylic and hard gel to create a system that provides a strong and flexible, light nail enhancement that is perfect for use with an overlay of Halo Gel Polish.

Halo PoliBuild requires zero monomer, mixing and ratios; all that’s needed is the Halo PoliBuild Liquid Control to manipulate the product as you want it, working as fast or as slow as you like. Its unique formula allows for a smooth and flawless finish that’s easy to file to create the perfect nail enhancement.

Step 1: Prep

Prep work is vital and should never be rushed, taking 10-15 minutes to complete. It helps ensure that the product will adhere to the natural nail by eliminating any barriers that may affect it. Check out some prep tips, here.

Cuticle work: Push back cuticles using the Pure Nails Manicure Tool and the Pure Nails Cuticle Nipper to cut away any dead skin/cuticle. Remember – when using cuticle nippers, is if there isn’t anything to cut, don’t cut it! Cutting live cuticle or skin can hurt the client and cause damage to the nail and skin.

Shaping: Using a 240/240-grit file, shape the nail as desired and buff. Spray Prep & Scrub all over the nails to dehydrate the nail plate and remove any debris from the nail.

Step 2: Apply Base Coat

It’s now Base Coat time! For this step, you can either use our regular Base Coat or Halo Rubber Base Coat. Start in the middle of the nail, bouncing the gel as close to the cuticle as you can, then bringing it down both sidewalls and finally capping the free edge.

Step 3: Add strength

We will be starting this step off with PoliBuild Cover Pink, Liquid Control and the Polibuild Dual Tool.

As we are doing an overlay on a natural nail, you only need a small amount of PoliBuild for this application.

Pop a bead of PoliBuild onto the nail and dip your Dual Tool (brush side) into the Liquid Control; the liquid control simply allows you to take full control of the product.

Taking the bead, pat it from side to side, making sure you’re going right down the nail side walls – if you get to the end and there is too much product left on the nail, simply take the Dual Tool (spatula side) and scoop it off; keep it on your spatula for the next nail so there is no wastage of the product.

Carry on patting the product on the nail, making sure it is nice and even. Once you feel satisfied, cure the nail for 30 seconds.

Step 4: Buff & Finish!

Now the PoliBuild has been added to the nail, you will now need to file/buff down the nail to allow the gel polish you are about to apply, adhere to the PoliBuild. Once filed and buffed into shape, use Prep & Scrub to dehydrate the nail further; this product is also great for removing dust caused by filing.

Next, apply your client’s chosen Halo gel polish as per the system’s guidelines or leave the PoliBuild enhancement as is for a natural look. Next, add Top Coat to finish.

Tag your PoliBuild creations on Instagram using @purenailsuk. We look forward to you joining our Halo family!

Nails pictured in main shot by Becca Hewitson

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