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MOST COMMON QUESTIONS and ANSWERS
for Tammy Taylor "SOAK-OFF NAIL GEL"

45 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS FOR GEL by Tammy Taylor

2nd Week of a 4-Week Series
"Everything You Need to Know About Doing Beautiful Nails with Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Nail Gel"
Tammy Taylor

"As you are doing more and more clients, you have more questions; so I have put together a list of the most common Questions & Answers for you.  Make sure you print these out and put them in a folder to keep at your salon; think of these Questions & Answers as your "Quick Reference Guide."

Have a Great Nail Day,
Tammy Taylor


45 MOST COMMON QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS FOR “TAMMY TAYLOR SOAK-OFF NAIL GEL”

1. Q: What is the #1 cause that could create problems with Gel?

A: The #1 cause that could create problems with Gel is “NOT” curing the gel properly.  Each layer of Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel needs a 2-minute cure in a 36-watt UV Lamp

2. Q: Who would you recommend to wear Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel Nails?
A: Recommend Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel Nails to everyone who does not wear acrylic nails.

3. Q: How often should you remove Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel Nails?
A: There is no need to remove Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel unless you want to change the color.

4. Q: How long does it take to soak off a full set of Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel Nails?
A: It takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to soak off a full set of Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel Nails.

5. Q: Can you drill out the white on Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel Nails when doing a Back-Fill?
A: No!  Drills and coarse files are never recommended nor are they needed on Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel Nails. Only the “Shape-It 180” Gel file is needed to do Back-Fills.

6. Q: Can you use a "white plastic" nail-tip with Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel?
A: Yes and No…
Yes: You can use “white plastic” nail-tips with:
"Clear" Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel, "Clear with UV "Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel, "Clear Pink" Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel or "Clear Pink with Shimmer" Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel

NO: You cannot use “white plastic” nail-tips when using the "White" Gel.
-       Do not put “White” Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel on “white plastic” nail-tips.
-       The “white plastic" nail-tips do not allow enough light to penetrate, so the “White” gel on a “white plastic" nail-tip will not cure properly.
 
7. Q: Can you use “clear plastic” nail-tips with the “White” Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel?
A: Yes: You can you use "clear plastic" nail-tips with all of the Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gels including the “White” Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel.

8. Q: Can you do a sculptured nail with Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel?
A: No: You cannot do a sculptured nail with Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel; the Soak-Off Gel is too “flexible”.  The Soak-Off Gel was especially made for overlays; over natural nails and over plastic nail-tips.

9. Q: Do you have to use the “Clear” Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel over the top to finish the Gel Nail?
A: No: You can use any Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel as the last layer of gel to finish the Gel Nail.
 - But, on the French Manicure you would want to use a “clear” gel to finish the Gel Nail.
For a French Manicure, use one of the following “Clear” gels:
"Clear" Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel, "Clear with UV "Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel, "Clear Pink" Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel or "Clear Pink with Shimmer" Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel

10. Q: The “Gel Nail” feels sticky even after a 2-minute cure: Is the gel still wet?
A: No: The sticky residue is only on the surface, but the "Gel" nail is completely hard and cured; leave this residue on the "Gel" nail until you have finished applying the “Gel” and curing all of your "Gel" coats.  When your nails are completely finished, thoroughly moisten a Wipe-It with Clean-It and wipe the nails to remove the residue.

11. Q: Why is there a little heat “sometimes”, while the Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel is curing?
A: Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel has over 50% less heat than other gels, but some clients can still be sensitive.  The amount of heat is about the same as acrylic heat; only a few clients feel it and not always on all 10 nails.  This usually happens if the client is sensitive, or has just soaked off their acrylic nails, or they have really thin nails.  Heat can be caused if any gel gets on the skin, or if the gel is applied too thick. (Do not get gel on skin!)
-      What can you do when you feel the heat?: Remove the nails from the UV lamp for 5 seconds and when you put the nails back in the UV lamp the heat should have already gone away.

12. Q: What would cause the Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel to get a dull finish after curing?
A: A dull finish after curing is caused by the Gel not curing completely.  Each coat of Gel needs a “Full” Cure for 2-minutes.
If you did a “Full” Cure for 2-minutes and you still have dulling, check your UV bulbs, they might need to be replaced.

13. Q: What kind of UV Lamp is used with Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel?
A:  A 36-watt UV Lamp (4x 9-watt bulbs) is used with Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel.

14. Q: Sometimes inside my jar of gel I get what looks like a thin film on the top of the Gel (like pudding gets when cooling down)?
A: A thin film on the top of the Gel is caused by leaving the Gel jar “open” near the UV Lamp.

15. Q: What is Clean-It used for?
A: Clean-It is used for multiple purposes in Gel application:
    -  To clean the residue off the finished cured Gel Nail
    -  To clean the Gel Brush
    -  To clean the natural nail before applying Bond-It
    -  To clean the Gel off the skin before curing the nail

16. Q: Can you use “Acid Primer” for Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel?
A: No: Do not use “Acid Primer” for Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel; the “primer” causes heat. 
-       The Tammy Taylor Bond-It “non-acid” Primer is the only primer needed for adhesion.

17. Q: Can you apply Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Nail Gel “over” acrylic? Or, can you apply it in combination with “permanent” Gels?
A: No: Tammy Taylor “Soak-Off Nail Gel” does not work over Acrylic or with Permanent Hard Gels.

18. Q: Why do you use cushioned files and buffers on Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel?
A:  Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel is very easy to file, so only a “cushioned” file or buffer is recommended.   Hard files are too aggressive, causing over-filing on the Gel and the natural nail. 
-  The cushion in the “Shape-It 180” Gel file and the “Buff-It 180” Gel buffer allows you to file the Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel fast, but without over-filing the Gel or the natural nail.

19. Q: Can you file Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel after you have finished Curing the Gel?
A: Yes, but try not to file “after” you have added your “last coat” of Gel, because filing removes the shine on the nail, and you will have to add another Coat of Gel.
- If you need to file in between Gel coats, clean off the nail(s) first with Clean-It 

20. Q: Can you shorten Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel Nails in between Fill-Ins?
A: No: Do not shorten Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel Nails in between Fill-Ins; you will break the seal you made when you “Capped” the tip during Gel application, and the client will have problems with the Gel separating from the free-edge.

21. Q: Why do you use special Wipe-It’s to clean the brush and the nail?
A: The special “Wipe-It’s” are recommended to clean the brush and the nail because the Gel attracts lint from regular wipes and cotton.  This lint then gets on your wet Gel Nail during application.

22. Q:  Can you use the same "sable hair" nail brush used to apply acrylic to apply "Gel"?
A:  No: "Gel" will stick to “sable hair” nail brushes.  Use a special synthetic hair "Gel Brush" with Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel.

23. Q: How do you clean the Gel Brush?
A: To keep your Gel Brush from getting ruined, only use the Tammy Taylor “Clean-It”; however, the Tammy Taylor “Brush Cleaner” will be needed IF, the “Gel Brush” is left in front of the UV Lamp, and the “Gel Brush” gets a little hard.

24. Q: How often does the client need to have fill-ins?
A: The client needs a Fill-In every 2 weeks. (“Standing” appointment)

25. Q: How do you keep the “white” Smile-Line crisp and not runny?
A: BEFORE cleaning the Smile-Line: thoroughly clean Gel Brush in “Clean-It”, and thoroughly dry Gel Brush on a “Wipe-It”; then clean the Smile-Line.
-        Immediately after you perfect your “white” free-edge Smile-Line, do a 15-second “Quick Cure” on ONE “white” free-edge at a time.

26. Q: Why is it important to “Cap” the “Tip” of the free-edge with Gel?
A: It is important to Cap the Tip of the free-edge with Gel to seal the Gel to the natural nail, and to eliminate the Gel from separating from the free-edge.

27. Q: Does Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Nail Gel shrink?
A: No: Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Nail Gel does not have a “shrinkage” problem.

28. Q: Do you need a special “Base Gel” with Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel?
A: No special “Base Gel” is needed. Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gels are a “Base Gel”, a “Builder Gel”, and a “Top Coat Gel” ALL-IN-ONE.

29. Q: Do you need a special “Builder Gel” or “Top Coat Gel” with Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel?
A: No special “Builder Gel” or “Top Coat Gel” is needed. Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gels are a “Base Gel”, a “Builder Gel”, and a “Top Coat Gel” ALL-IN-ONE.

30. Q: If you clean off the Tammy Taylor "Gel Nail" with "Clean-It" and then want to add more "Gel" do you have to buff the "Gel Nail" first to remove the shine?
A: No, you do not have to buff the "Gel Nail" to add more "Gel".
  
31. Q: Will there be any odor in my salon with Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel?
A: No.

32. Q: Can silk or fiberglass be used with Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel, to do repairs on the natural nail?
A: Yes: You can do repairs on the natural nail with silk and with fiberglass.  You only need a small amount.  Use just enough silk or fiberglass to cover the crack in the natural nail, and then glue it on the crack, let it dry and buff; clean and apply Gel.

33. Q: Can you apply Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel over long natural nails?
A: Yes: The Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel will keep long natural nails strong.

34. Q: Can you apply the “White” Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel to the free-edge first, and then apply the "Pink" Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel?
A: No: Always apply your first coat of Gel to the entire nail (as the base), and cap.

35. Q: Can you use regular color nail polish over Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel?
A: Yes: But, you need to “buff” the gel “first” with a “soft” Clean Finish Buffer to remove the shine.

36. Q: Do I need to let the Bond-It dry?
A: Yes: Let the Bond-It dry; Gel does not like to adhere to wet surfaces.

37. Q: Can you cure all 10 nails at one time?
A: No: Doing “all” 10 nails at one time will not give you a complete cure, and will cause problems with your Gel Nails.  Always use the 4-4-2 System; when doing your 2-minute “Full” Cure.
-       Note: Full Cure the 4 fingers on one hand, for 2 minutes; then Full Cure the 4 fingers on the other hand for 2 minutes; and then Full Cure the two thumbs for 2 minutes.

38. Q: Do you use “Clean-It” in between each layer of Gel?
A: No: Only clean the Gel Nail when completely finished, or before filing.

39. Q: Do you have to wipe off the "Pink Gel" on the free-edge area before you cure it, to make a space for the “White” Gel when doing a (Full Set) French Manicure Gel “Overlay”?
A: Yes, on your 2nd coat of “Pink” Gel, wipe off the "Pink" Gel on the free-edge area before you cure it to make a space for the “White” Gel. This makes the free-edge thinner, giving you a more natural looking nail.

40. Q: Do you have to wipe off the "Pink Gel" on the free-edge area before you cure it, to make a space for the “White” Gel when doing a (Back-fill) on the French Manicure Gel “Overlay”?
A: No: Do not wipe off the “Pink" Gel on the free-edge when doing the (Back-fill).  You need a fresh coat of “Pink" Gel to cover the entire nail and free-edge, so you have a fresh layer of cured “Pink" Gel for the “White" Gel to adhere to. After curing the "White" Gel then apply a coat of Tammy Taylor Soak-Off "Clear" Gel.

41. Q: Can you use “ONE” coat of Tammy Taylor Soak-Off “Color” Gel with “ONE” coat of Tammy Taylor Soak-Off “Clear” Gel, if you want the color of the Gel Nail to be lighter?
A: Yes: You can use 1 coat of Tammy Taylor Soak-Off “Color” Gel with 1 coat of Tammy Taylor Soak-Off “Clear” Gel, when you want the color to be “lighter”. 
-        You can also use 3 coats total:
1 coat of Tammy Taylor Soak-Off “Color” Gel with 2 coats of Tammy Taylor Soak-Off “Clear” Gel; this will make the nail thicker, but without making the color of the "Gel" nail darker.
-        All of the Tammy Taylor Soak-Off “Gels” can be used in any order of application; you do not need to finish with a "Clear Gel".

42. Q: Can you use 3 coats of Tammy Taylor Soak-Off "Color” Gel if you want the color of the "Gel" nail darker?
A: Yes: You can finish with a 3rd coat of Tammy Taylor Soak-Off “Color” Gel to darken the color of the “Gel” nail, instead of finishing with Tammy Taylor Soak-Off "Clear” Gel.
-        All of the Tammy Taylor Soak-Off “Gels” can be used in any order of application; you do not need to finish with a "Clear” Gel.

43. Q: Can you “add” more Gel to the Finished Gel Nail, if there is a dip in the Pink or a dip between the Pink & White, or if the White Free-edge is not perfect?
A: Yes: The Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel is very easy to go back and perfect, even after the nail is finished:
-       If there is a dip or shallow spot in the Pink Gel, add a ball of Pink Gel to that area, and make sure to let it self-level; then Cure the nail for 2 minutes and Clean-It.
-       If there is a dip between the Pink & White at the Free-edge, add a ball of “Clear” Gel in that area, and make sure to let it self-level; then Cure the nail for 2 minutes and Clean-It.
-       If the White Free-edge needs perfecting, “paint” on the “White” Gel to that area; then Cure the nail for 2 minutes and Clean-It.

44. Q: Why would the Gel be thicker at the nail groove and thinner in the center causing uneven color?
A: Always try to keep the Clients fingers “level” when working, and use very “light” strokes.
-       DO NOT use Heavy strokes, or the heavy stroking will squish all the Gel towards the sides, causing the center of the nail to be thin and to have uneven color.
Note: As the Gel self-levels the gel will flow towards the nail groove.

45. Can the Clean-It affect the Gel if the brush is wet?
A: Yes: Clean-It will affect the Gel, so make sure the brush is completely “dry” before using.
-        Always have 2 brushes: One brush for applying the Gel and one brush for cleaning the skin and the smile line, when doing the Gel French Manicure, Pink & White look.



Procedure to Soak Off:

How To “Soak Off” Tammy Taylor Soak Off Nail Gel 

Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Nail Gel soaks off in little chunks, separating it from the natural nail; Tammy's "gel" does not get soft and gooey like acrylic nails.

A: The fastest easiest way to “Soak Off” the Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Nail Gel:
1. File the gel on the nail down 50% to break the seal; this is very fast, because the Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Nail Gel is really easy to file.

a. Be careful not to file the natural nail.

2. Place nails in only enough acetone to cover the nails completely. 

a. Add a few drops of Tammy Taylor Conditioning Cuticle Oil in the acetone to keep skin from getting too dry.

3. Let nails soak for 10 minutes; then file off all of the softened gel.

a. Be careful not to file the natural nail.

4. Let nails soak 5 more minutes; then scratch off the surface of the softened gel with a cuticle pusher; the gel should easily chip off in little chunks.

a. Be careful: Do not pry off gel; if gel is not soft enough, then soak it 5 more minutes, or until gel is soft enough.

5. Once Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Nail Gel is completely removed; apply Tammy Taylor Conditioning Cuticle Oil to nails and buff with the Tammy Taylor Buff-It 180 Gel Buffer.

6. Wash hands with soap and water and dry thoroughly.

7. Proceed with Nail service.


How to do a Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel Overlay, over a plastic nail tip

A. I suggest doing an overlay on the natural nail instead of using a plastic nail-tip whenever possible as I think it makes a prettier nail.

Directions:

  • Prepare the natural nail and plastic nail-tip just like you would if you were doing a plastic nail-tip with an acrylic overlay.
  • Buff the natural nail with the Buff-It 180 buffer
  • Clean off the natural nail with a Wipe-It moistened with Clean-It
  • Glue on the plastic nail-tip using Tammy Taylor Tip and Repair Glue
  • Clip the plastic nail-tip to shorten (do not make the plastic nail-tip more than ¼ inch long, as the gel is flexible and works better on a short tip)
  • File the plastic nail-tip flush with the natural nail and shape the free-edge to desired shape with the Shape-It 180 File
  • Dust off the nail with a plastic manicure brush

Then Starting at Step 6, on the Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel application procedure; Apply Bond-It 2-times and let the Bond-It dry

Continue on with the application of Tammy Taylor Soak-Off Gel.

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