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It’s All In The Angles – with Tracey Lee

I am going to share a scenario with you that I believe is one that I am not alone in. Actually, in speaking to several of my students, I came to realize that more and more people suffer from the same predicament. So let’s take a look at it and if you have the same situation, hopefully these tips will help you in sorting it out.

You create new set of nails on a client. You have been trained and you know what to look for, but somehow or the other at the end of the service there are some nails that are just looking different to the others. They are all square, but just a bit different.

So you either pretend that you don’t see it in order not to upset your client, as the client will generally not notice it anyway, or alternatively you are one of those very honest people that point out the inconsistency to the client ensuring that it will not affect the longevity of the service. Whatever you do, you are really frustrated with yourself.

So there many different things that cause inconsistencies in nails – product placement, filing etc, however form placement is a great place to start.

Take a look at the diagrams below – depending on just how you are going to angle your form, will determine the end result of the nail. Imagine we are creating a set of square nails on a client. If we are not paying attention to the angle of our form, then it is possible that we do create 3 square nails, but from the side perspective and from the front view, each of these 3 nails will look very different.

Perspective A – the form angles up. The point to where we place our product will be at the height of the apex.

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Perspective B – the form comes straight out from the lateral side walls. The point to where we place our product will be at the height of the proximal nail fold.

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Perspective C – the form drops down. The end of the form is at the same height as the lower arch.

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  • Product placement is the same for all.
  • Filing is the same for all.

What is the end result.

  • Perspective A – strong c-curve
  • Perspective B – natural c-curve
  • Perspective C – flatter c-curve

None of the above are wrong if you have them as an entire set, however if you find A, B and C on one hand, then it would be considered wrong. This is where it comes down to a matter of taste as to how deep the c-curve should be and important on how to compensate for it when the c-curve is flatter.

Adjusting the angle of your form in order to achieve the desired result is essential. It is important to look at each individual finger too when placing your forms as each finger is different. The index fingers (in general) drops down a little more than the middle fingers, which means you would need to compensate with your form.

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Perfection is in the details. Don’t let the frustration get the better of you. If you see this challenge in your work, start taking pictures of your work and look at what is happening at each step of your application – form fit, product application, filing. Take pictures from the top and side views and look critically at your applications.

In this way you will start training your eyes and a world will open up for you. Don’t forget to have fun with it!

For more information about form placement, nail shapes etc, CLICK HERE to view our various structure classes.