Howdy ladies and gents! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! It’s been a while since I posted, but I hope that 2018 gets off to a rolling start for all of you.
Now let’s get down to business. How many of you recall my Feb/2017 blog post about my gal Marie and her Horsey hands? If you don’t, please take a look here “She has Horsey-Hands!”.
It’s been a year since then, and there have been some changes in Marie’s nails. First of all, there was the launch of Famous Names Products IBX Boost in Vegas last year. Free free to visit my album on Facebook about that trip. It was quite the event! Facebook Album- Best Lil Nail Show In Vegas.
IBX Boost was added to the Famous Names Products product line-up in 2017. First launched in the UK, then the US and now arriving in Canada. It is a “FLEXIBLE and STRONG over the top universal nail coating that is the perfect compliment to the IBX System”. In my salon, I use it under Gel Polish services for added strength, like a lightweight armor. It gives that extra ‘boost’ of strength for those clients that struggle with gel polish but don’t quite need or want the strength of traditional Acrylic or UV Gel enhancements. It’s a soak-off gel, so right there is an added bonus in my eyes. I don’t like to use products that are buff-off. The less I buff/file the natural nail, the happier I am. Even under the lightest touch, buffing over time can thin out the nail plate. Nail plates that are thinned are compromised and weakened; providing a poor foundation for future services and more prone to breaking. Additional bonus- you do NOT have to soak it off. You can refill it! So now, for my gel polish services, I opt to file off the color until I reach the thin clear layer of Boost underneath. Then I refill the Boost, and reapply my color. This approach is FANTASTIC in two ways. 1-the client’s nails don’t have to soak in acetone which is drying (easily countered by Dadi’Oil, but drying none the less) 2-Less waste (I’m not contributing to landfills with tin foil and acetone saturated cotton 3- It saves me & the client TIME. Saving time means happier clients and that I can add more services to my schedule. It’s far quicker to file off than to soak off. Which is why many techs already file off gel polish for the purpose of saving time. I heavily frown upon this practice, unless there is IBX Boost or similar underneath because it’s physically & scientifically impossible to remove all the color without buffing the nail plate, which compromises the health of the natural nail which I am DEAD-SET AGAINST. I am in the business of beautifying natural nails, enhancing natural nails; NOT damaging them. So moving on, because that’s a whole blog post on it’s own.
When I went to the Best Lil Nail Show In Vegas, the Famous Names Pros’ Educator’s team attended a full day of training at the FNP Headquarters. We were updated on current products, we learned more about the chemistry behind the product line (ooooohhh that was my favorite part!), AND we were introduced to IBX Boost. I had the lovely opportunity to meet an online colleague and friend, Tracy Anne Shelverton, who flew in for the occasion. She had months of experience using and testing IBX Boost in the UK where it launched first. It was a fantastic afternoon! Now I need to point out before I continue: IBX Boost is NOT intended for extensions or for making nails longer. It’s a very soft product that flexes beautifully WITH the natural nail. It’s intended as a lightweight armor with only the occasional teensy weensy extension to even out an edge of a nail (let’s say a couple of millimeters?). BUT… (and you knew there was a ‘but’ coming) I like to push the envelope because that’s my way. Big surprise, right?
Once I received my own IBX Boost and brought it home to my salon, I started pushing the envelope right away to see how far I could take it. As noted in a previous Blog Post, “She has Horsey-Hands!”, we discussed the many ways in which Marie works hard with her hands. In her own words, she is a “Horse-Girl” and “Country Girl”. She’s not a city girl working in an office, wearing suits and going on business lunches. She gets down and dirty in the muck and stalls doing horse-stable work. Marie, as it happens, is my PERFECT test subject. She works very hard with her hands BUT she also follows my aftercare advice perfectly; using her Dadi’Oil and my Victorious Balm frequently throughout the day. She does NOT use her nails as tools, and wears gloves where appropriate. She is mindful not to bang them against things.
At Christmas, she had busted a nail so I applied a tip under her IBX Boost and Gel Polish so that no one would know and so that her holiday nails would be perfect. Can you tell which of those nails is not like the other’s?
In our Educator’s class we were taught to extend only marginally. Please note: IBX Boost is NOT as hard as traditional Acrylic, nor UV Gel and it’s NOT intended to be. It’s not intended for tip&overlay services, nor for sculpting typical extensions. I would equate it’s strength to a strong natural nail. Natural nails are between 50 to 100 layers. Clients at the 50 layer mark have thin, floppy, bendy nails that don’t hold product well. Clients at the 100 layer mark grow their own nails quite easily and rarely if ever suffer product chipping because they have a strong foundation. In my humble opinion – IBX Boost is like a nail at the 100 layer mark.
At her appointment after Christmas, she had busted another nail. I was going to apply another tip only to discover that my nail-resin had sealed itself shut. Now what to do? Well… time to push the envelope. I had done so previously on another client, but not quite as long as this. We discussed the option together and she agreed to let me experiment. We did a LONG extension with the IBX Boost. Please note the Index finger. That is IBX BOOST, not hard gel or acrylic!
How are the nails faring? How is that IBX Boost Extension holding up?
Have a look. What do you think? I spent the afternoon with her in the stables yesterday. I personally witnessed how hard she works, mucking a stall, dealing with tack, cleaning the hooves, etc Reminder: It’s the index finger of the right hand.
From this happy experiment, I learned that for clients who are mindful of their hands and who usually manage a bit of length quite easily, you CAN extend IBX Boost longer than a few millimeters. That extension will equate in strength to a strong natural nail (ie: about 75-100 layers).
If you don’t have IBX Boost, maybe it’s time you did so that your clients can have Horsey-Hands too!
PS: Thank you Marie for your Horsey-Hands and Friendship xoxo ❤