Hello, fellow nail technicians,
As artists in an industry that evolves at a rapid pace, it's essential for us to keep abreast of the latest trends and technologies. One such trend that's been sweeping the world of nail artistry is BIAB – an acronym for Builder In A Bottle. If you haven't yet heard of it or are keen to understand more about this innovative product, read on.
BIAB is a game-changer in our toolkit, poised to transform the way we approach nail enhancements. It's a soak-off gel system that has all the strength of a hard gel but with the flexibility of a gel polish. Unlike traditional nail extensions, BIAB can be applied directly to the natural nail, making it a convenient and less damaging alternative.
What Exactly is BIAB?
BIAB is essentially a type of gel that you can apply in a bottle. It is a medium-viscosity, self-levelling gel that provides more strength than typical gel polish. This high-strength gel is perfect for clients with weaker nails or those who are trying to grow their nails out, as it can help protect the nail while promoting growth underneath.
The beauty of BIAB lies in its versatility. You can use it as an overlay on natural nails for extra strength, or you can use it to create a more structured nail extension. And yes, it can be soaked off, making removal less of a chore for both technician and client.
How to Use BIAB
Application of BIAB is akin to that of a gel polish but with some additional steps. Here's a quick guide:
Prep the Nail: As with any nail service, start by prepping the nail. This includes cleaning, pushing back cuticles, and lightly buffing the nail surface to ensure adhesion.
Apply Base: Apply a thin layer of base coat and cure under an LED/UV lamp as per the manufacturer's instructions.
Apply BIAB: Apply a thin layer of BIAB, starting from the base to the tip of the nail. Remember to cap the edge for maximum strength. Cure it again under the lamp. Depending on the desired thickness and strength, you may apply and cure a second or third layer.
Shape and Finish: Once the desired structure is achieved, you can file and shape the nail as usual. Apply a layer of top coat and cure once more. Voila, the BIAB nail is ready!
Why Choose BIAB?
There are several reasons why BIAB is a popular choice among nail professionals:
Strength and Durability: BIAB provides the nail with additional strength, making it more resistant to breakage. This is especially useful for clients with brittle or weak nails.
Flexibility: Unlike traditional hard gels, BIAB is flexible and moves with the natural nail, reducing the risk of chipping or lifting.
Versatility: BIAB is versatile enough to be used alone for a natural nail finish, or it can be applied under gel polish for extra strength and protection. It can also be used to create nail extensions.
Ease of Removal: Because it's a soak-off system, BIAB can be removed with acetone, similar to gel polish. This means less filing and thereby less damage to the natural nail.
As nail technicians, it's our responsibility to provide our clients with the best care possible. Incorporating BIAB into our service menu not only allows us to offer a wider variety of services but also helps us to maintain the health and integrity of our clients' nails. So, let's step into the future of nail enhancements with Builder In A Bottle and provide our clients with stronger, longer-lasting, and more resilient nails.
Continuing Education with BIAB
While the application process for BIAB might seem straightforward, it's worth investing time in learning the nuances of this technique. Various brands have slight differences in their products and methods, and mastering these can help you provide the best service possible to your clients.
Take advantage of online tutorials, webinars, and workshops to enhance your understanding of BIAB. Many gel companies offer specialized training for their products, so don’t hesitate to learn from the experts. This not only makes you a more skilled technician but also boosts your confidence in recommending and using BIAB.
Embracing BIAB is more than just adopting a new product—it’s about stepping up your nail artistry game and offering your clients a healthier, more flexible, and stronger option for their nails. It’s an innovative solution for those seeking to grow their nails naturally or simply desiring a more durable manicure.
As BIAB continues to gain popularity, clients are sure to start asking about this service, and when they do, you'll be ready to not only answer their questions but also to offer them an expert BIAB application. So, let's embrace BIAB, the promising future of nail enhancements, and continue to take our services to new heights of excellence.
Remember, in our line of work, staying updated isn't just an advantage; it's a necessity. Here's to continued learning, growth, and the fabulous art of nails!
Until next time, keep those nails looking gorgeous!