**Salon Success - The Dark Side Rules 2017


 1. Competitors will have 1.5 hours to complete a set of salon-style nail extensions using BLACK as the free edge.  You must use either flat, paper or metal forms.  Tips are also allowed.

1A. BLACK IS THE ONLY COLOR TO BE USED AS THE FREE EDGE.  BLACK ENHANCEMENT PRODUCTS ONLY!  BLACK PAINT IS NOT ALLOWED!  The black must be sculpted on a form over a clear or neutral tip it may not be painted on.

2. White OR BLACK tips are NOT allowed (clear or natural tips only).

3. Competitors must use professional products only.  Acrylic liquid and powder or hard gel products only may be used.  Enhancement products containing glitter and/or any other color are NOT allowed.

4. Embellishment(s) may NOT be used.                                                                                            

5. The model’s natural nails may be prepared for product application before the competition starts, but product may NOT be applied until the competition starts.

6. No colored or clear products of any type may be applied to tips prior to attaching them to the natural nail.

7. Only unaltered clear adhesives (gel-type, brush-on, tubes, etc.) may be used to attach tips to the nail. No plastic type molds of any kind may be used to form the sculptured nail.

8. All enhancement products must be applied after tips and or forms are applied to natural nails.

9. No consideration will be given for any pre-existing damage to a model’s natural nails, cuticles, or hands.

10. No products, such as inverted tips or any “cookie cutter” products may be used to form or assist in making a smile line. All smile lines must be done with a brush by hand.   No e-files may be used to make the smile lines.  Paint on BLACK is not allowed.


11. All files and buffers must be clean and unused; electric files and buffing products may be used.

12. Cleansing products (soaps, etc.) and moisturizing products (oils, creams, lotions, etc.) are allowed. Excessive use of oil is not permitted.  It will be at the judge’s discretion to deduct points for excess oil.

13. The nail enhancements on one hand (competitor’s choice) must be polished with BLACK cream polish ONLY, BLACK GEL PAINT IS NOT ALLOWED IN ANY CAPACITY or if using gel, a gel polish. Gel contestants may use BLACK polish. Base coat, ridge filler and top coat are allowed. 

14. The nail enhancements on the unpolished hand must be DARK SIDE-style (pink or clear and BLACK - ONLY), finished to a high shine.  A gel sealant may be used, but hand must be completely free of polish.

15. The underside of both hands must look the same.

16. Salon Success - THE DARK SIDE will be judged in the following categories: smile lines, “C” curves, cuticle area, shape, product control, surface structure, presentation, lateral structure, length, polish or color application, finish work, and overall impression.  


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