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So I don't quite know what I should get done to my nails so I will explain what I want and maybe you could suggest something to me. I have a favourite bright pink nailpolish which I always apply but it always chips off in three days. So I want to get some kind of enhancement done which will make sure it doesnt chip off, give me nails more of an arc and all give them the intense shiny look of the nail bed in a french manicure only with my bright pink nail polish. I have no idea which nail service to get for this so I was hoping you could help me. :)

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The shininess will come from the topcoat that's applied over your polish. So you might have to shop around for one that you like. With pink and white enhancements, we often use a gel topcoat to seal the product. Gels tend to stay very shiny, but you can't put them over a nail polish because it will prevent the polish from curing under the gel.

Either gel or acrylic will give you that arch-- if you find a nail tech who is proficient in the technique.

Your best bet is to pay attention to people you see who have nails like you want and ask for a referral. Just make sure you get referred to a person, not a salon. This will help make sure you get the nails that you liked when you saw them.

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Maggie Franklin

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Professional Nailcare: nail enhancement chemistry and technique, mancuring and pedicuring. I am not qualified to give medical advice or make medical diagnoses.

Experience

I am a professional nail technician with 17 years experience in the professional beauty industry. I am licensed in the states of California (license #M120766) and Colorado (license #8611.) I have been an active member of the online mailing list at Beautytech.com since 1999 where I network with 100s of nail industry professionals around the world. Over the last 15 years I have accumulated several advanced training certificates, including the coveted Creative Nail Designs Master Nail Technician status, and personal training by Tammy Taylor, Tom Bachik, and Tom Holcomb. I briefly joined the competition circuit in 2002, taking first place in the second annual Strut Your Stuff Online competition in the Enhancement 2 category. In 2009 I have decided to make time in my schedule to get back into competition by joining "Team Pink," the competition team captained by current world champion nail technician, Lynn Lammers. I boast several contributions to articles that have appeared in both Nails and Nailpro magazines, including a brief stint as a Nails Magazine Help Desk contributor and now I write a semi-weekly blog for Nails Magazine while continuing to attend tradeshows and continuing education events.

Organizations
Nail Tech mailist list at Beautytech.com

Publications
Nails Magazine. Nailpro Magazine. Blogging for Nails Magazine since September, 2008: http://blogs.nailsmag.com/maggie/

Education/Credentials
CA license #M120766. CO license #8611. CND Master Nail Technician. Tom Holcomb Academy. Personal training with Tom Bachik. Two day advanced training with Tammy Taylor. AEFM certified for use of electric file. HRTE (High Road to Education) in San Jose, CA 2009.

Awards and Honors
2nd Annual Strut Your Stuff Online competition, 1st place in Enhancement 2. Member of "Team Pink" competition team 2009. 3rd place, Novice tip-and-overlay relay at IBS Las Vegas, 2009.

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