NAIL TERM GLOSSARY A
NAIL TERM GLOSSARY
Our nail term glossary is a resource provided to our customers which offers simple definitions for various terms used in reference to nail care.
Please feel free to peruse our glossary for any terms you wish to define.
Abrasives are tools used to roughen, shape, polish, or remove the surface of artificial and natural nails
Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) monomer is a common thermoplastic polymer used for making plastic nail tips.
Abyssinian oil is an oil produced from the Crambe Abyssinica crop, widely used in nail industry for its cuticle-smoothing erucic acid.
Accelerator (in chemistry), a substance that increases the rate of a chemical reaction.
Action or process of officially recognizing someone as being qualified to perform a particular activity.
Acetone is a clear and highly flammable liquid used as a solvent, to break down and remove nail polish.
A substance having a pH of less than 7.0 (neutral).
An acid-based primer that is used to stick acrylic and gel products to natural nail plate.
Primers with methacrylic acid.
Primers without any acid.
Acrylates are used as adhesives to stick artificial nails mold to the natural nail plate.
Acrylic is mixture of liquid monomer and powdered polymer, which is given the desired shape before it hardens. It is used to add strength, length, and thickness to the nail.
A brush used to apply acrylic nails.
Acrylic Dip Powder
Nail service in which adhesive is applied on nails and are quickly dipped into acrylic color powder, coating the entire nail bed.
Chemical used to accelerate a reaction.
Acupressure is a therapy used to relieve symptoms from many common disorders by exerting pressure to specific body points.
Serious symptoms that develop due to short-term exposure to toxic chemicals or substances
Refers to single or multiple exposures to toxic chemicals or substances within 24-hour period or less
A related treatment, or treatments that can be added to a nail care service in a salon.
Substances used to stick two surfaces OR acrylic nails to your natural nail plate.
Aesthetics Also known as Esthetic, is the application of various techniques and products to the outermost layer of skin to beautify it
A sore or inflammation affecting a fingernail or toenail or within close proximity.
The process of removing contaminants from the air.
Airbrushing is a nail art in which liquids are sprayed on nail tip using an atomizer powered by compressed air
Airbrushing Nail art applied using an airbrush gun.
A substance having a pH greater than 7.0 (neutral)
Any substance which causes allergic reactions such as sneezing, irritation, rash, et cetera, when eaten, inhaled or other when other bodily contact is made.
Allergic Contact Dermatitis
Contact dermatitis is a skin reaction, generally in form of itchy rash. It is an allergic reaction caused by direct contact with a substance.
Allergic reactions are sensitivities to allergens. Common allergic symptoms include inflammation, rash, runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing and coughing. Allergic reactions can vary in severity from mild to life threatening depending on the sensitivity of the individual.
Allergy is a damaging reaction by the human immune system, to foreign substances to which the individual’s immune system has become hypersensitive to. Allergies vary from individual to individual and vary from mild reactions to life threatening.
Almond oil is extracted from the seed of the almond fruit. It is rich in vitamin A, B, D and E and is found in many hair and nail treatments
Aloe vera gel is derived from leaves of aloe plants. Because of its moisturizing, healing and antimicrobial properties it is widely used in skin treatments
Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune disorder that leads to patchy hair loss
Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA)
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA's) are chemical compounds that occur naturally and are used in cosmetic products to exfoliate and cleanse the skin
The American Manicure is a simple nail paint pattern with cream colored base and off-white tip
Amino acids are organic compounds or building blocks that combine to form proteins.
The bristles of angular brush are cut at a slant, it is usually used by nail professionals to create precise nail designs
A condition that affects the fingernails and toenails, characterized particularly by missing fingernails and toenails.
Substance used to decrease inflammation.
Antibiotic or substance with anti-bacterial properties used against bacteria which may destroy or render them harmless.
Medicines used to treat fungal infections.
Medicines or Topical substances used to kill microorganisms or inhibit their growth.
Substances which can slow OR prevent cell damage by free radicals. Common examples are vitamin E & vitamin C
Substances used to stop OR slow down the growth of microorganisms.
Appliques is self-adhering ornamental nail work OR nail decals
A system for training a new generation of nail practitioners while working with a professional already licensed in nail care
Argan oil is derived from the kernels of the argan tree. It is highly moisturizing and can be found in moisturizers for hair, skin and nails.
Aromatherapy uses essential oils as a healing treatment to improve the health of the body, mind, and spirit
Containing aroma, typically appealing and pleasant scents.
Arthritis means inflammation or swelling of one or more joints. Specific symptoms vary depending on the type of arthritis, but usually include joint pain and stiffness.
A common fungal infection that affects the feet. Generally affecting the skin between the toes. This is a form of Ringworm.
A machine that uses steam under pressure to kill harmful microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses & fungi.
A surgical or non-surgical procedure in which part OR all of a nail is removed from the nail bed.
Ancient Indian medical system, which is based on ancient writings that rely on a “natural” and holistic approach to physical and mental health.
Azulene is extracted from chamomile flower. It is isomer of naphthalene and used as herbal and skin treatment because of its anti-inflammatory and soothing properties.