Builder in a Bottle (BIAB), a relatively new product in the nail industry, has quickly gained popularity due to its ease of use and versatility. As a self-leveling, soak-off gel system, BIAB offers an innovative way to create nail enhancements and overlays. In this blog post, we'll dive into what BIAB is, its benefits, and how it's used to create stunning nail enhancements.
- What is Builder in a Bottle (BIAB)?
Builder in a Bottle, or BIAB, is a soak-off, self-leveling gel that comes in a convenient bottle packaging. The product is designed for building and sculpting nail enhancements, as well as providing strength and protection to natural nails through overlays. Unlike traditional hard gels or acrylics, BIAB does not require mixing or a separate brush, making it a more user-friendly option for nail technicians and at-home users alike.
- Benefits of BIAB
BIAB offers several advantages over traditional nail enhancement systems, such as acrylics and hard gels:
- Easy application: With its bottle packaging and built-in brush, BIAB is easy to apply and requires no additional tools or mixing.
- Self-leveling: The gel's self-leveling properties help create a smooth, even surface with minimal filing and shaping needed.
- Soak-off removal: Unlike hard gels, BIAB can be soaked off in acetone, making the removal process more convenient and gentle on the natural nail.
- Added strength: BIAB provides additional strength to natural nails, making it ideal for those with weak or brittle nails seeking extra protection.
- Versatility: The product can be used for nail extensions, overlays, and as a base for gel polish or nail art, making it a versatile addition to any nail technician's toolkit.
- BIAB Application Process
The application process for BIAB is straightforward and typically follows these steps:
- Prep the natural nail: Clean, buff, and shape the natural nail, ensuring all oils and debris are removed.
- Apply a base coat: Apply a thin layer of gel base coat and cure under a UV or LED lamp according to the manufacturer's instructions.
- Apply BIAB: Using the built-in brush, apply a thin layer of BIAB to the natural nail, starting near the cuticle and working towards the free edge. If creating an extension, use the brush to sculpt the gel beyond the free edge, forming the desired shape and length.
- Cure the gel: Place the nails under a UV or LED lamp to cure the BIAB according to the manufacturer's instructions.
- Build and shape: Apply additional layers of BIAB to achieve the desired thickness, curing each layer as needed. After curing the final layer, file and shape the nails as desired.
- Finish with color and top coat: Apply gel polish or nail art if desired, followed by a gel top coat to seal and protect the enhancement.
- BIAB Removal Process
The removal process for BIAB is similar to that of soak-off gel polish:
- File the top layer: Gently file the surface of the nail enhancement to remove the top coat and break the seal.
- Soak in acetone: Soak a cotton pad in acetone and place it on the nail, securing it with a piece of foil or a nail clip. Allow the nails to soak for 10-15 minutes or until the BIAB has softened.
- Gently remove the gel: Using a cuticle pusher or orangewood stick, gently lift the softened BIAB from the natural nail. If necessary, soak the nails for an additional few minutes to ensure easy removal.
- Finish with cuticle oil: After removing all the BIAB, apply cuticle oil to the nails and surrounding skin to replenish moisture and promote healthy nail growth.
Builder in a Bottle (BIAB) is an innovative and versatile product that has transformed the way nail enhancements are created. With its easy application process, self-leveling properties, soak-off removal, and added strength for natural nails, it's no wonder BIAB has become a popular choice among nail technicians and at-home users. If you're looking to expand your nail enhancement offerings or simply want a convenient and effective solution for creating beautiful, durable nails, BIAB may be the perfect addition to your nail care repertoire.