Thursday, 9 February 2012

OPI Axxium Gel Nail Extensions

I decided that it was time to get some more practice in with gel nail extensions as I have to get the knack of working with the OPI Axxium sculpture gel. My natural nails have been growing really well, but I have felt that they are dry and bendy, so I wanted to give them a little added length and strength to help them along.

 Ever since I started training, I found that I was a bit heavy handed with the sculpture gel and brush and as a result, it ended up a bit uneven. One of the main services that I will be offering as a nail technician will be extensions, so I am determined to get perfect as soon as I can. 

I started to practice on tips attached to my freaky fake hand and eventually I felt confident enough to have a go on my myself, and here is the result of my first solo attempt (without the supervision of my tutor Emma from Taunton Nail Training).

Shame about the flash on this one, but you get the idea.

I actually feel happier with the right hand which I was surprised with as I am very much a right hander, but maybe the extra concentration paid off after all.

The pictures above were taken 5 days after I carried out the treatment, and they are still staying strong, however I have learnt the following:

  • I need to working on practicing my filing and shaping of the extension as some are more oval than others.
  • I need to make sure that all nails are the same length as a couple are a little longer than others.
  • Until I build up my experience I need to level the finish a little better and they aren't as even as I would like them to be, although they certainly aren't bad for a first attempt.
  • I have to practice the 'rock on' tip gluing method a bit more as the ring finger on my left hand has an air bubble, which shows under the gel and could compromise the finish and staying power of that nail.

As always, let me know if you have any improvement suggestions as I want to get really good at this, and constructive feedback is vital.

L xxx


  1. Wow, you did these yourself? Amazing job, I don't think I could ever attempt anything close to this let alone manage to actually do it so corgrats :D

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  2. That's what I thought but if you read my introductory post then you will see why I did. I was never interested in nails as I have always bitten them and I went through a stage of doing all of the things that I never thought that I would be able to do, just to prove that if you put your mind to something, then you can achieve anything. I also used to suffer from a really bad tremor when I was stressed but it has completely disappeared.

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