Minx Nails Information And Application
I had a hard time obtaining information about Minx when I was trying to get started! The company is like some sort of cult. Minxnails.com won't give you pricing information or application instructions until you have purchased one of their starter kits which START at $75.00. As a nail tech I found that more than frusterating... how do I decide if it's something I want to offer my clients if I don't even know how much it will cost me to apply and if I will care to apply them? So techs out there wondering if it's worth it... here's all the info you need to make a decision and basic intructions if you want to give it a go!
Minx come in fingernail and toenail sizes but they are interchangeable. I actually prefer the toenail sizes sometimes even for fingers because they come smaller (the pinkie size on the fingers just isn't small enough for most of my clients). They are $9.95 a set and they do not offer any sort of bundle deal. I find a lot of the patterns they have to be tacky (especially those ugly bridal and holliday patterns) but my clients really like the plaid and cheeta and you can't go wrong with the cool silver and gold. You do need a crystal file to apply Minx but you do not need to purchase it from them. I actually find them much cheaper at other nail suppliers (they are $10.00 from Minx). You need a heat lamp but it's not necessary to purchase Minx heat for $169.00. Instead just buy a heat bulb and install it in your own lamp. Look for a bulb at your local hardware store with these specs:
Feit Electric 250 watt clears 130V. #250R40/1-130
•Philips Heat Light 175 watt clear 120V #175PAR/Heat 120
Now here we go with the application. There is definately a learning curve to Minx so don't get discouraged. I especially struggled with adhesion at the tips for a while. It's best to start on someone with a good free edge because these are nearly impossible, even with experience, to apply to someone with very short or bitten nails.
- Remove any polish from the nail with acetone. Shape the free edges (it's easier when they are square).
- Turn on your heat lamp and put their fingers and the Minx under it for at least thirty seconds. This will activate the adhesion on the Minx and warm the nail plate.
- Peel a Minx off the sheet. Place it on the fingernail (still under the heat lamp) pressing it on starting with the middle and working side to side. If this is difficult for you it can also be done by pressing it on from one side to the other. This can be tricky on people with a high arch to the nail. Just keep working till you have no wrinkles.
- Take a cuticle pusher or birchwood stick and rub the entire Minx firmly making sure to seal the edges and tip well. Pull the end of the Minx down and stick it to the fingertip so that it is held tight on the tip.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool for one minute.
- Take your crystal file and in a straight DOWNWARD motion file the Minx at the tip until the end is removed. If you notice the Minx peeling at the tip you may be slighly filing on top of the nail plate... go straight down.
- Look a the nails carefully. If there are any bubbles are if there is any lifting return to heat and fix by rubbing with the cuticle pusher.
- Allow to cool.
Minx typically lasts around a week but may last some up to two. It is normal for it to wear at the tips a little but it should not lift when it has been properly applied. To remove them just warm them up under the heat lamp and peel off.
Is Minx worth it to me? I have been doing them a year and they still take me 30-45 minutes a set (depending on the arch of my clients nails). To make enough money to make them worth my time I charge $35.00. Do most clients think this is worth it for a week of wear? Honestly, no. But then again I am in hillbilly Utah. There are still towns here where people are piercing their acrylics and wearing dangle charms... It could definately be worth it for you depending on the time it ends up taking you and the demand in your area. You can buy Minx on ebay now to try out a set or two but they are pretty expensive. If you decide to offer them you will have to bite the bullet and buy a "starter" kit to get access to the products. Unless you want the Minx heat, I would reccamend the "mini" kit that is $75.00.
Check out more info at minxnails.com
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