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APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS for Linkage and T.E.N Gels

LINKAGE Problem lifter?  No Problem with Linkage!

APPLICATION; Saturate a clean applicator with Linkage and rub vigorously into a prepped & cleanzed natural nail plate. Wait 30 seconds for product to seek & bond to the keratin and amino acid in the nail plate. Dip your applicator for each nail and make sure to scrub into the nail plate. The nail should appear wet and shiny. Do not cure. It is ok if Linkage touches the skin, it will not hurt nor burn your client as Linkage contains NO acid or methacrylate. Problem Lifters; proceed as above but apply two coats and really scrub into the nail plate

Linkage is a protein bonder designed with an incredible ability to link to the keratin (protein & amino acids) found in the natural nail plate. Linkage creates a bonding to the natural nail by means of “Uni-layer Molecular Coupling”, which in simple terms means a molecule that joins two things. The Linkage molecules bond to the organic Keratin molecules in the natural nail plate, putting a protective layer over the entire natural nail allowing the nails to grow out naturally and healthy. The other side of the molecule is bonding to the component, gel/acrylic. With Linkage lifting is virtually eliminated.

Linkage and temperatures: Linkage is only affected by heat when temperatures reach 107.0F and up. Please refer to our MSDS Sheets.

Linkage is an extremely strong protein bonder that reacts with the air. If the cap on the Linkage is not on tightly, it will allow the air and Linkage to mix, making it react and harden.

Why can Linkage solidify in the jar?  Linkage is a very powerful bonder and will start reacting with the air immediately. It is important that the cap is kept on tightly. The threads need to be wiped and kept clean, so that there is no way for air to get inside the bottle.

If any gummy residue forms, it needs to be cleaned off.  Some of our clients have brushed a little cuticle oil on the outside rim of the bottle to stop the bonding, BUT it is not recommended by the chemist because if you were to touch the brush on the oil and dip the brush in the bottle then you will ruin it entirely.

Another reason why Linkage may solidify in the jar is because of the protein from the nail plate. The protein in our nail plate – Amino Acids – bonds with the Linkage – these groups are hydro groups which contain water and by swiping the nail plate with a brush that is left in the bottle, you are putting hydro groups back into the Linkage which can create a link which has a thickening affect.  This is why TEN does not put a brush cap on the bottle.  We sell micro swabs as well as other swabs on its site that are perfect for application and are disposable. 

Linkage and other products – acrylic, gel polish, nail polish etc.? Nail Techs are using Linkage with other nail product lines including acrylic products, nail polishes, gel polish’s etc. You can confidently say that it works GREAT. The company cannot guarantee its use with other product lines as it was designed for Tuff Enuff Nail’s Gel’s explicitly, however there have never been any issues thus far and that’s been 8 year’s.

T.E.N GEL’S – Sculpt 1, Sculpt 1, Builder, Coverage’s & Poly Polish.  All TEN gels cure the same, have a heat spike (accordingly to how thick its applied) but have different viscosity.

Please, be aware that this gel has a heat spike which is completely avoidable if properly cured. Curing instructions are below.   We do recommend using our gels on yourself first to become accustomed to the way they cure.

Cure Zone
The term “cure zone” simply means to cure the gel on the outside of the lamps glow, aprox. 4-6 inches away.  If the client feels a bit of warmth have them pull their hand farther back.  This is not necessary when colour is added to the gel because the molecule movement slows down considerably.     

Sculpting

Prep Nails
1.   Apply Forms.
2.  Apply Linkage over the entire nail plate and tip.  Work well into the nail plate and cuticle area.  Allow Linkage to seek the keratin  for 15 seconds.  (Linkage contains no acid or methacrylates) 
3.  Apply Poly,Sculpting Gel 1 or 2 in a thin coat to each nail no thicker than a very thin coat of nail polish. Cure Zone.

  • Building the nails. Work on one finger at a time, alternating hands starting with 4 fingers first, then thumb on alternate hand.  Repeat opposite hand.
  • Start with using Sculpt 1, 2 or builder to create an extension from free edge out onto the form. Cure Zone, then cure 30 sec’s.
  • Support the tip to the nail plate by taking a small amount of gel on your brush; Place it approximately 3/8” back from the cuticle guiding it towards the tip and cover the entire nail.

Cure 2 minutes after all 5 nails are done on each hand. 

4.  Remove forms and shape the nail, there is NO dispersion layer with this gel, using a 100 or 180 grit file.  Dust off and cleanz. 
5.  Ready for colour. Apply any colour, or art product, to the nail.  Cure 1 min, and file edges crisp.  Cure 1 min.  Finish file. 
6.  Cover the nail. Apply Sculpt 1 or 2 Gel over the entire nail allowing the gel to self-level, several thin layers may be used.  Cure each layer then cure 1 min. 
7.  Finish file.  Add a thin layer of Poly Polish for a beautiful high shine.
8.  Cure 3 minutes.

**Throughout any application process, to achieve your desired look, you can continue to file and/or add layers of gel without reapplying Linkage.

Tip Application

Prep Nails
1.  Apply Tips:  choose the right sized tip for each of the ten fingers.  If there isn’t a perfect size for the  nail, choose the      closest size up and file the sides of the tip to make it fit. 
2.  Glue on all ten tips to the nails.
3.  Cut the tips to the correct length and file to desired shape.  If the tips are not pretched, using a file, buff off the             shine and blend.
4.  Apply Linkage over the entire nail plate and tip. Work well into the nail plate and cuticle area.   Allow Linkage to seek the keratin for 15 seconds.  (Linkage contains no acid or methacrylates)  
5.  Apply  Sculpt 1 or 2 Gel in a thin coat to each nail no thicker than a very thin coat of nail polish.   Cure zone.
6.  Cure 2 minutes after all 5 nails are done on each hand.
7.  Ready for colour. Apply any colour, or art product, to the nail.  Cure 1 min.  Finish file.
9.  Finish file.  Add a thin layer of  Poly Polish for a beautiful high shine.   Cure 3  minutes.

Colour Mixing

Choose your pigment. 
Pick up a tiny bit of gel, aprox dime size.   
Use a spatula or toothpick and pick up a tiny amount of the pigment and mix into the clear gel.  Aprox a ¼ the size of the gel drop.  Mix well together. 
You may add a tiny bit of glitter or pigment as well.
Don’t be afraid to mix and create.  If the gel gets paste like al you need to do is add a bit more gel.  Keep the gel colour movable. 
The light needs to penetrate the gel to create the polymerization process.  If too thick the gel will not cure.