NAIL TERM GLOSSARY D
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.
Dabbing / Longbrush
Instead of stroking the polish with the end of the brush as usual, this involves touching the entire length of the brush to the nail so that a long strip of glitter is left behind.
Container used during an individual service to hold small amounts of product.
Services provided for the purpose of improving beauty and relaxation such as massage, nail care, skin care services, and more.
Dead Sea Salts
Salt and other mineral deposits extracted from the Dead Sea, used in treating various skin conditions.
A brochure issued by distributors to salon professionals with specials and discounts.
Any decorative pattern or image printed on plastic, paper OR ceramic material that can be transferred to nails as nail art.
To gradually pour nail polish from one bigger container with sediment into another smaller OR mini sized bottle.
Removal of germs from an area, object, or person.
The chemical dissolving of fats, from the skin, on contact with defatting agents.
Nails are dehydrated in order to prevent the growth of germs and increase adhesion capabilities.
Dehydration Dehydration refers to removal of moisture. Nails are dehydrated in order to prevent the growth of germs and increase adhesion capabilities.
Material used to remove moisture from nails.
Delamination is separation of a coating from another surface, in case of nails it describes separation of enhancement from the natural nail.
Cosmetic preparation that is used to remove hair from the skin.
It is an exfoliating technique that uses wire brushes or similar tools to remove the outer layers of skin.
Dermatitis is a skin reaction usually in the form of itchy, blistered, dry and cracked skin caused by direct contact with a substance or an allergic reaction to it.
A doctor who specializes in conditions involving the skin, hair, and nails.
Dermatophytes are fungi that are cause skin disease such as athlete's foot, ringworm and jock itch infections.
Skin layer beneath the epidermis, this is the thickest layer of the skin.
The state-licensed practice of caring for hair and nails of decedents in a funeral home before burial by cosmetologists or barber stylists.
Design Acrylics is another term for colored acrylics.
To sell or trade existing nail crafting supplies OR polishes by someone from their stash.
A resort centered on a spa, such as a mineral spa which also includes other activities such as physical fitness, wellness education and healthy cuisine.
A nail brush for drawing nail art, especially for drawing fine lines, flowers and embellishing.
A metabolic disease that causes high blood sugar.
Someone suffering from diabetes, special care needs to be taken for such clients in nail salons.
Abrasive piece which is attached to the end of electric file. It is used for grinding the nail down and usually consists of a steel shank with a diamond.
Dust leftover after cutting diamonds because of its hardness, diamond dust is used in nail strengthening products and some nail polishes.
Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)
Dibutyl phthalate is ingredient used in nail polishes as a plasticizer that prevents nail polishes from becoming brittle.
Movement of a substance from an area of high concentration to an area of low concentration such as colored dye spreading out in water.
A condition in which nails appear white, yellow, or green, it is usually caused by infections, poor blood circulation OR any other health disorder.
The ability of a non-living surface to be cleaned of microorganisms.
Substance that is used to kills germs and other microorganisms on non-living surfaces. Such as tools used in nail salons.
Procedure of killing germs and other microorganisms on non living surfaces.
Acronym for Desperately In Search Of, usually used for certain hard to find or rare items.
Items that are used in nail salons and are usually thrown out after single use, such as paper cups etc.
Distal Edge of Nail
The portion of the nail farthest from the area of the cuticle.
Someone who is procuring products from the manufacturer and marketing and selling it to the end user.
The practice of diverting products intended to be sold to salon only to other customers such as grocery stores.
When two or more than two colors are added to the brush so as to create a unique nail art.
Using the standard form of nail art stamping but layering 2 designs on top of each other.
When brushing polish over an area that has already been polished, drag takes place, literally pulling the first polish coating away, leaving the application messy.
Drill refers to electric file usually used in nail salons.
It refers to technique of manicure where no soaking is required. Creams, lotions and other hydrating ingredients are used to moisturize the skin.
A nail polish which shows different colors when seen from different angles for example duochrome polishes might show green from right and red from left.
Exact copy of the original polish that was recreated by another brand.
Dusty Hunting/Bin Diving
Bin diving and dusty hunting is searching for hard to find nail polishes in bargain bins.
Dyshidrosis is skin rash which causes small, fluid-filled blisters on palms and sides of fingers