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The Art Of Gel Extensions

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Women LOVE long, beautiful nails, and nothing makes a woman feel more feminine than gorgeous, colourful talons that are equal parts stylish and sexy.

But not all women’s nails are equal, and a large number want the look and feel of beautiful long nails, but cannot have them for a number of reasons. Whether they require short nails for work, have nails that break easily, or have a nail-biting problem, the idea of long nails seems like an unobtainable dream for some.

Fortunately, Bio Sculpture Gel Extensions are here to the rescue. Utilising its 5 Star Safety Rated Gel system, Bio Sculpture has taught thousands of technicians in the art of gel extensions, allowing them to offer all women a chance to have beautiful and natural looking long nails.

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So, what is involved in transforming your clients nails? Below are the steps qualified Bio Sculpture technicians take to create beautiful nail and natural looking extensions:

1) PREP

The natural nail is gently prepared, ensuring stray cuticles and surface oils are removed from the nail surface

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HEALTH HINT: To avoid cross-contamination between clients, we recommend using disposable MULTI FILES that allow you to easily and hygienically change buffs or files in the one accessory.

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2) FORM

The technician then uses a Nail Form, gently placing it underneath the client nails free edge. This Nail Form helps support the gel extension application, as well as guides the technician to allow for a perfectly symmetrical application.

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3) BASE

A base layer of Bio Sculpture’s multi-award winning BASE GEL is applied to the natural nail without using nasty primers or bonders that are common practice in other gel systems. This ensures the nail is well protected, and is not exposed to nasty chemicals

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FUN FACT: Bio Sculpture’s multi-award winning BASE GEL is applied to the natural nail, naturally creating a bond without the need for dehydrating primers or bonders that are common practice in other gel systems

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4) EXTEND

Bio Sculpture’s FREE EDGE GEL is then applied – a strong yet flexible gel formulation that is designed to look and behave like the natural nail. Free Edge Gel is be used to create the extension to the clients desired length and shape

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5) STRENGTH

Technicians then adds one of Bio Sculpture’s Strengthening Treatment Gels, which adds extra strength and shape to the gel extension

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6) SHAPE

TheNail Form is then removed, and the extension is gently shaped into the clients desired length and shape

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And there you have it – beautiful, natural looking gel extensions.

If you would like to learn how to include gel extensions as part of your nail service, please register your interest by clicking the link below and one of our “Healthy Nail” experts will be in touch.

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6 ways to improve your salon business

At Bio Sculpture, we are all about health – we simply love it! Whilst our main focus is keeping nails healthy and beautiful, we also care about our salons and nail technicians BUSINESS health.

Below we have listed a few tips to help improve your salon business, and help you grow into the amazing, professional and healthy nail technician or salon you know your are!

1) Keep it healthy

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The trend is clear – women are increasingly wanting products that are high quality, non toxic, nourishing, and ethically sourced.

By stocking products and brands that align with this ever increasing health trend, you are able to promote your business to attract new health conscious, and ethically-minded clients, and grow your business knowing you are offering your clients the best there is without the compromise.

Bio Sculpture has taken a lead in this space, with its entire range of gel being non toxic, 100% vegan and animal cruelty free. 

Bio Sculpture’s Treatment Gels are a industry leader in product health, being clinically proven to be safe, boasting the world’s only “5 Star Safety Rating” nail gel product.icons-safety

Bio Sculpture’s EVO Gel product range includes a unique Oxygenating Base Gel Technology that is a “Medical Grade” formulation, nourishing your client’s nails and keeping them healthy.

2) Menu refresh

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Been a while since you upgraded your menu? One of the first points of contact with potential customers, your menu is a reflection your business. If it is old, outdated or uninviting with incoherent or lazy descriptions, potential new clients will be turned off and look elsewhere.

A menu refresh can modernise your salons and your clients perceptions, and attract new clientele using a few handy tips below:

  • Match the menu style to your salon décor – keeping a consistent branding image shows professionalism.
  • Use colourful and descriptive wording that sells each service or treatment. For example: Instead of using “Gel Colour” as a service description, play on the strengths of the products you are using to sell the service as a unique treatment offering, such as “Oxygenating Gel Colour with EVO By Bio Sculpture”
  • Emphasise or highlight your most popular or profitable services by placing them in their own box/section. This will immediately attract the eye of the client, and allow you to promote the features of these services more effectively

3) Learn new skills

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Offering new and exciting services will help you differentiate your business from other competing salons. New and advanced services will also keep your clients engaged and excited with the increased variety and complexity of choices.

On top of adding colour and french applications, why not focus on offering more advanced treatment options such as nail biter extensions, custom nail art, strengthening gel treatments, and natural-looking gel sculptures.

Not only can you charge more for these bespoke nail services, but it will help you promote your salon as a professional and quality operation.

Bio Sculpture offers a wide range of advanced workshops that are aimed to assist nail technicians in broadening their skill set and service offerings.

4) Focus on retail

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Too often clients are left in the dark, unaware of the amazing at-home nail treatment products that are available to keep their nails in tip top condition in-between salon visits.

Properly training and educating your staff and clients on the benefits of at-home nail care will translate in increased retail sales as well as more satisfied clients.

5) Mid-week offers

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We all know mid-week can be a bit slow. Try and drum up some business by focusing on unique mid-week specials. These may include free spa treatment with gel manicure services, discount on selected retail products, or even a treatment upgrade.

Email marketing is an effective way to reach your list of clients, and can allow you to personalise the marketing message based on your clients service history.

6) Reward your VIP’s

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Treat your regular clients with a “VIP” status. The rewards can vary from a set discount on each service, a free treatment on their birthday, or a complementary massage with every visit. These clients are your greatest advertising asset.  Nurture them and they will bring many new clients to you via the greatest advertising of all – word of mouth.

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5 tips for super-healthy nails

To often we hear horror stories of nails in terrible conditions; flaky, dry, peeling, cracked, and even …. infected!

Below we have listed our top tips to maintaining beautiful, healthy nails:

1) Always choose quality

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Ever paid peanuts for a manicure and pedicure combo? Ever wondered why your nails are in such poor condition? The truth is, like most things in life, you get what you pay for.

Nothing is more expensive than a cheap manicure!

Cheap prices are usually a reflection of the experience of the nail technician and quality of nail treatment – the cheaper your manicure, the less experience the nail technician is likely to have. The result is almost always the use of inferior products, improper application and removal of nail gel, questionable hygiene practices, and of course – nail damage.

Below are some warning signs that you might be in for a bad manicure:

  • Overall salon appearance is dark, dirty and unkept
  • Strong product smell or odour – they may be using harmful acrylics or solvents. Look to see if the staff are wearing masks, which could be another warning sign.
  • They use a drill to remove product from your nail – Applying an electric drill to your nail surface is a bad idea … don’t you think?
  • They are charging you less for a gel manicure than what they should be paying their staff in wages.

OUR TIP is simple – find a trained and qualified nail technician, pay a bit more, and get the manicure your nails deserve!

2) Cuticles are key

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Your cuticles are the protector of all things nails. Although tiny, the cuticles act as a barrier that protects your nails from dirt and germs. Neglect your cuticles, and you are likely to experience a decline in your overall nail health.

We recommend using high quality cuticle oil and cuticle conditioner to regularly nourish and moisturise your cuticles.

3) Stop biting your nails. NOW!

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Nail biting is one of those habits that can creep up on you. Whether you are stressed out at work or at home, nail biting can be one of those unconscious and unwanted habits we keep doing.

Did you know that biting your nails can have serious health consequences? some of the issues with chomping on your talons include:

  • Spreading bacteria all over your nails, increasing the risk of infection
  • Chronic nail biting leading to severe nail bed damage
  • Bad breath (not a nail health issue, but had to throw this one in)

Never fear! If you are a biter, simply get in contact with a properly trained and qualified nail technician, who will be able to provide you with a treatment plan and support to transform your hacked nails into glorious talons.

4) Only purchase nail treatments from reputable brands

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If you haven’t already read our article, “ARE YOU 5 FREE?”, then stop what you are doing and read, read, read! Not all nail treatment products are born equal. Some (usually cheap) nail treatments contain a cocktail of nasty ingredients that should be avoided. These include formaldehyde (a known carcinogen), Toluene (impacts the central nervous system) and DBP (impacts foetal development).

OUR TIP – only purchase nail treatment products from reputable brands that are “5 Free”.

5) Be kind to your nails

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Always ensure your nails are well looked after and protected. If you are gardening or scrubbing dishes, then wear appropriate gloves to keep out dirt germs and moisture.

If you are unlucky enough to get an infection, DO NOT LEAVE IT! Check with your doctor to see whether further treatment is recommended.

Always keep a sharp eye for signs of nail infections, which include:

  • Redness around the nail
  • Irritated/itchy skin
  • Puffy or swollen areas around the finger

Remember to treat your nails like you would any part of your body – with respect and care.

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Are your nail products cruelty free?

Animals … we simply love them! They come in all shapes and sizes, and are as much a part of this world as us humans. Yet, there seems to be a horrible reality that still exists today: Cosmetic product testing on animals.

Despite increasing consumer awareness of the horrors of animal testing, and the subsequent demand for products that animal cruelty-free, a large number of reputable gel polish and nail care brands still have their gel and nail polish products tested on animals.

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Photo: Chemists at Bio Sculpture HQ – the development of our nail gel products do not involve the experimentation of animals.

At present, it is a legal requirement in China for all imported cosmetic products (including lipstick, nail products, toiletries, moisturisers etc …) to be tested on animals. A total of 300,000 animals are used in China for product testing each year, and the poor animals are usually anaesthetised and killed after the tests have been completed.

China is not alone, with Thailand, Russia, Brazil, South Korea and many other countries still undertaking animal testing as a legal requirement.

Bio Sculpture and EVO Gel Polish products are not, have not, and will not be tested on animals. Bio Sculpture is cruelty-free, which means that the development and sale of our nail gel products do not involve the experimentation of animals.3-icons-b

Bio Sculpture gel products are animal cruelty-free, 100% Vegan, and “5 Free”

As consumers, it is crucial that you ask the right questions so that you are aware of the nail gel products you are using, and if they have been tested on animals.Bio Sculpture Gel Lab

Photo: Elmien Scholtz, founder of Bio Sculpture Gel – 100% Vegan & animal cruelty-free gel products

You can rest easy knowing that, with Bio Sculpture Gel, no animals were harmed in the making of your perfect gel polish manicure or pedicure.

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Are you “5 Free”?

Health is Bio Sculpture’s #1 priority and is embedded in everything we do; from the high quality, clinically tested products we sell, to the training and support we provide to all our technicians worldwide.

Bio Sculpture is proud that all its products are “5 Free” Non-Toxic, which means that they do not contain potentially hazardous ingredients Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, as well as Camphor and Formaldehyde Resin.

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What are these chemicals, and why has Bio Sculpture avoided using them as ingredients?

Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen (cancer-causing compound) that is commonly used as a nail hardening agent and in nail polish products. There is a lot of discussion surrounding acceptable limits of formaldehyde in cosmetic products, and there is still a big unknown as to the long terms effects of formaldehyde may have on people with significant or extended exposure to it. Bio Sculpture has decided that it is best to leave it out of our customers and technicians daily lives!

Toluene is used commonly used in gasoline, paints, cleaning agents, and yes, is also used in some nail cosmetics products. Toluene toxicity is known to impact the bodies’ central nervous system, with acute or chronic exposures leading to symptoms such as fatigue, sleepiness, headaches, nausea, and in the worst cases, CNS depression and death. That is why Bio Sculpture Gel and Polish products are completely Toluene-Free.

DBP, or dibutyl phthalate, is known to be added to some nail care products for flexibility. Animal studies have reported that DBP impacts foetal development in mammals. That’s why there is NO DBP in Bio Sculpture products!

Camphor is a product that, with high exposure, is known to be poisonous. Given nail technicians are working with nail care products all day, every day, we felt that this is one ingredient our Bio Sculpture technicians could do without!

Formaldehyde Resin, which is a derivative of formaldehyde, is a known allergen present in some nail care products. Bio Sculpture Gel’s are is known industry-wide for how gentle they are to both customer and nail technician, which is why Bio sculpture products do not contain known allergens such as formaldehyde resin.

Bio Sculpture is committed to continue to lead the way in healthy nail care, which is why all Bio Sculpture Gel and Polish products are free of formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP and other nasty chemicals.Bio Sculpture 5 star safety

Remember to always purchase products from a reputable brand, and always ask questions about what ingredients your professional products contain.

More about Bio Sculpture Gel:

Bio Sculpture Gel is the leader in healthy nail care. The Bio Sculpture Gel system has been award a “5 Star Safety Rating” for tolerance and efficacy after undergoing independent clinical trials, ensuring both clients and technicians are using only safe and high quality gel products.

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Bio Sculpture has also launched its new gel polish range, EVO Gel – a revolutionary new brush-on gel product that boasts a world first Oxygenating Gel Technology with a “medical grade” formulation. EVO Gel is also 100% vegan and animal cruelty free.

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The Romantic Gothic Collection

Bio Sculpture is proud to introduce our latest colours launch, the Romantic Gothic Collection.

Autumn/Winter 2016 will bring a touch of romanticism this season, inspired by the spirit of the rose. A flower begins its life as a tight bud that opens into a lush bloom, eventually collapsing back into itself. The colours from the Romantic Gothic Collection are inspired by this cycle of birth, beauty and growth.

199 – ROSE BUD

This bare nude is an elegant alternative to accompany our winter wardrobe

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200 – BEAUTY OF PERFECTION

A deep, rich tone of purple with a seductive mulberry shade

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201 – WILTING BOUQUET

A lavish shade of teal, with a bold brightness and almost velvet-like texture

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202 – GORGEOUS DECAY

Pure black with a shimmer of gold – a classic staple shade for this season

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203 – DEVOTED PETAL

This romantic cameo pink holds a vintage feel

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Call 1300 BIO GEL or visit www.biosculpture.com.au to locate your nearest Bio Sculpture salon

Interested in becoming a Bio Sculpture technician? Click here

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LOVE your nails with Bio Sculpture Gel

 

Here at Bio Sculpture, Valentine’s Day is synonymous with fiery reds and luscious pinks and we’ve got lots more than only 50 shades….

As we approach the most romantic day of the year, we are all thinking about love. We believe that loving yourself is essential – a woman’s key to being irresistible.

 Be desirable this February by wearing seductive reds and passionate pinks – colours of strength, beauty, determination, romance, grace, power and love.

Treat yourself, and visit your nearest Bio Sculpture technician by visiting www.biosculpture.com.au or calling 1300 BIO GEL

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HOW TO – Ombre & Gradation Nail Art

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Due to popular demand, we have put together a step-by-step on how to create gorgeous ombre nail art designs using Bio Sculpture Gel.

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Credit: Elena Rabichuk (Master Technician – Bio Sculpture Russia)

Ombre & Gradation Nail Art Step-by-Step:

  1. Apply Base Layer with Bio Sculpture Base Gel. LED cure for 30 seconds.
  2. Then apply two layers of  173 Ipanema Sunset Colour Gel, curing each layer for 30 seconds.
  3. Apply a layer of 172 Favela Sunrise Colour Gel to the free edge. Do not cure yet.
  4. Use a #4 Flat or #6 Round Brush to blend the Colour Gel towards the cuticle area. Repeat until the desired effect is achieved. Cure. VIDEO: Gradation Step-By-Step
  5. Apply the appropriate strengthening layer (Soft Gel, Medium Gel or Hard Gel). Remember to correct the upper arch. Cure.
  6. Apply thin layer of Gloss Gel. Cure.
  7. Remove the sticky layer using Bio Sculpture Nail Cleanse.

Feature Nail:

  1. For the feature nail (ring finger) apply  174 Samba Your Socks Off to the cuticle area. Do not cure yet.
  2. Use the # 4 Flat or #6 Round Brush to blend the Colour Gel down the nail towards the free edge. Repeat until the desired effect is achieved. Cure. VIDEO: Gradation Step-By-Step
  3. Apply a thin layer of  104 Sweet Melon Fluo Colour Gel to the free edge to achieve a brighter colour intensity. Cure.
  4. Apply the appropriate strengthening layer (Soft Gel, Medium Gel or Hard Gel). Remember to correct the upper arch. Cure.
  5. Apply thin layer of Gloss Gel. Cure.
  6. Using the Nail Art Brush or Upper Arch Brush and  2017 Licorice Colour Gel, draw the ‘honey comb’ pattern. Cure.
  7. Use Bio Sculpture Grey Buff to refine the gel layers, and to create a matt effect.
  8. Place smaller dots of Gloss Gel on coloured parts of “honeycomb”, using a Dotting Tool or the tip of an Upper Arch Brush. Cure for 30 seconds.
  9. Remove sticky residue.

Hungry for more?

Bio Sculpture offers a range of nail courses, from novice manicure and pedicure courses, to gel extensions/sculptures, to tailored nail art workshops.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE   OR  1300 BIO GEL

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Career & Training with Bio Sculpture Gel

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Today, we would like to focus on an often overlooked aspect in the Nail Industry – training & education.

Too often we hear stories of poorly trained nail technicians who practice questionable hygiene practices, damaging removal techniques, and use cheap gel products with unknown or untested ingredients.

Regular nail training and education is an essential part of being a nail care professional. At Bio Sculpture, we pride ourselves in sharing our knowledge and passion of healthy nail care practices with each and every Bio Sculpture Nail Therapist for over 20 years.

Our high standards and comprehensive nail training courses have produced award-winning nail technicians worldwide, and sets the industry benchmark in producing professional, quality and safe nail technicians.

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Bio Sculpture offers a wide range of nail courses, from first timers to salon owners.

Nail courses offered by Bio Sculpture include:

Manicure and pedicure course:

This course is for novices to the nail industry, and requires no prior industry experience or training. This nail course covers the theory and practical knowledge of manicures & pedicures. Work at your own pace, and learn from the best the industry has to offer.

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Gel courses:

Bio Sculpture offers a range of introductory and advanced gel courses taught in an intimate setting. The nail gel courses are designed around the Bio Sculpture Gel system, and focus on teaching how to apply healthy, beautiful nail gel services.

Nail Gel courses offered include:

  • Bio Professional – Gel nail course that covers french application, building and shaping the nail with gel, nail repairs
  • Bio Advanced Sculptures – This nail course teaches technicians how to create natural and flexible gel extensions/sculptures
  • Workshops – Bio Sculpture offers a range of custom and tailored nail courses and training such as nail art, spa treatments, nail tips

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Interested in attending a Bio Sculpture nail course?

Simply register your interest on our website, and one of our Bio Sculpture customer service representatives will be in contact with you.

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Keep Your Bio Gel Nails Beautiful

 

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Even though Bio Sculpture is the only 5 Star Safety Rated gel system in the market today, a little extra TLC can help keep your nails looking beautiful and healthy.

Below are some helpful tips for looking after your Bio Gel nails:

1) NEVER Pick, Pull or Bite

This will likely cause the gel to be forcefully removed from the natural nail, bringing with it layers of nail and ultimately resulting in weakened or damaged nails. Removal should be done by a qualified Bio Sculpture therapist who has been trained on how to safety remove your gel nails without causing any damage. Alternatively, enquire about our DIY removal and home care kits from a Bio Sculpture Salon near you, which contains everything you need to safety remove your Bio Sculpture Gel and keep your nails healthy.


2) Protect Your Nails

Whether working in the garden or doing some cleaning around the house, simply wearing gloves can protect your nails from dehydrating detergents and harmful bleaches, resulting in longer lasting wear and shine.

3) Top Up Your Shine

Regularly apply Bio Sculpture’s High Gloss Top Coat, which has been specially formulated with a sun filter that protects the Gel from UV light exposure and will keep your talons looking shiny. After about 1 week, easily remove the High Gloss Top Coat with Bio Sculpture’s Polish Remover and reapply a shiny new High Gloss Top Coat layer.

4) Keep Regular Appointments

Nails grow quick, and after only a week or two you will begin to notice some signifiant regrowth. It is recommended that you have an appointment every 2 to 3 weeks to help maintain cuticle health with Bio Sculpture’s natural nail treatments, and to have the Bio Sculpture gel removed and/or reapplied. Removal is an important part of nail health and safety, and should be done by a qualified Bio Sculpture therapist who can safely remove the gel or polish without damaging the natural nail plate.

5) Try A Spa Treatment

A Bio Sculpture manicure and pedicure spa treatment is a great way of getting moisture back into your nails, hands and feet. Inspired by nature, Bio Sculpture’s Luxury Spa Range products are infused with heavenly aromatics and nourishing essential oils such as rose geranium, ylang ylang, lavender, mint mask and jojoba, that help keep your skin feeling smooth and hydrated.

To find a nail salon near you that offers Bio Sculpture gel and spa treatment services, visit www.biosculpture.com.au or call 1300 BIO GEL (246 435).

Interested in becoming a Bio Sculpture Therapist? Click here

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