Nail Lamps & Drills

UV & LED Nail Lamps 

Ultra-Violet (UV) Nail Lamps

Two styles of UV nail lamps are used in salons to cure UV nail products; Traditional and LED. Although these nail lamps use different types of bulbs, both types emit UV and can quickly harden UV curable artificial nail coatings. The bulbs used in traditional UV nail lamps are “fluorescent tubes,” while the bulbs used in newer LED style UV nail lamps are called “Light Emitting Diodes” or LED for short.

How does UV cure polish on nails?

In Gel Nail Polish (or Base/Top Coat) there is a product that remains a liquid until it is exposed to a particular wavelength of light. That light has a wavelength that sits in the UV range and is not one that we can easily see. It is safe and will not react with your skin.

Exposing the Gel Polish to this UV Light (using a UV nail lamp) sets off a reaction that causes the product in the nail polish to become hard. As long as the reaction occurs under the right wavelength, with the right power and for the correct time, there will be no problem.

Unfortunately, Gel Nail Polishes have been developed over a long period of time and, as they have evolved, they have different reaction variables. Some need a different wavelength of light; others need different power levels and many have different setting times based on the combination of the other two variables.


Not all Gel Polishes will set in the same way.

Sometimes, even different colours will require some alteration to UV light settings.


All UV nail lamps are not equal. They may look the same, they may work on some polishes, but they need to be the correct ones for today’s world.

Which UV lamp is right for you?

At National Salon Supplies, we have done all the hard work and found a range of UV lamps that are designed to be optimal for today’s modern Gel Polishes.

When selecting your UV lamp, price should be a consideration as well as the speed of curing. We have all options that suit all budgets and all our UV lamps are guaranteed to work for you in your setting.

Modern UV lamps are now cordless and have a long battery/operating time frame.

All our UV lamps have a one-year warranty, so that you can have peace of mind knowing that you will not be stuck with a dud.


To drill or not to drill?

The million-dollar question we get asked all the time! Our answer to the professional……you shouldn’t just go to any store or online and by any electric file or the cheapest, for there are some safety measures you have to take into consideration before rushing into a decision. Always remember that your goal is to provide your customers with the best service possible, and that can only be achieved with the best equipment and training.

What should you look for when buying?

Balance! After a short period of time with a handpiece that is un-balanced, your hand will be sore, and your work will be uneven. Whilst the handpiece should be exceptionally well balanced, so should your drill bit. Make sure when testing that your drill bit is an established quality bit.

Quality! If you want to buy an electric file but don´t know what to look for, here you have some helpful tips.

Comfort: Make sure the electric file feels comfortable to hold, you could be using that tool for long-time spans and make sure it does not vibrate when you operate with it.

Functionality: You want to buy an electric file that has variable speeds and gives you the ability to access this function easily without compromising your work.

Power: Electric files are meant to help reduce time and perfect your professional work, but this can be a juggling act making sure your electric file has enough power to make that possible… but not too powerful that you damage the natural nail!  

Warranty: Most important, make sure your machine comes with a warranty, you want insurance in case it breaks down.

Technical support: Does the Manufacturer offer technical support, this can help trouble shoot any mechanical issues. 

How many RPM should a nail drill be?

Revolutions per minute (RPM) defines the speed of the nail drill. A pro nail tech should not settle for a nail drill less than 30,000 RPM – the higher the better.

Electric Nail Files can come in the form of a tabletop drill or a portable hand drill


Four most common materials: Mandrel/Sanding band, Carbide bits, Ceramic bits, and Diamond bits

Mandrel Sanding bands:

The Mandrel bit is typically made of metal or rubber. You can slip the mandrel top into the sanding band and you are good to go. Sanding bands cannot be disinfected. That is one of the reasons why sanding bands are one-use-only paper bits, so you must change a sanding band after every client. The sending bands are commonly used for surface work, removing gels, and pedicures. They come in various grits: coarse, medium and fine.

Carbide bits: 

Made of carbide metal (which is 20 times stronger than steel). The carbide bits are meant to be long-lasting. They have flute-like cuts on the carbide bit. These cuts enable the carbide bit to shave the enhancement product off and not scratching it like the diamond bits. The grid scale is determent by the flutes on the bit. Dip and large flutes give you coarse grit. Shallower flutes commonly indicate a finer bit. Carbide bits are a great tool for advanced users and are ideal for removing acrylics. They are not to be used on the natural nail. The carbide bits can be cleaned. 

Ceramic bits:

The great thing about ceramic coated bits is that they do not heat up in the same manner as other bits, due to the nature of the ceramic bit. They are also long-lasting. The ceramic bit also has flute-like cuts, which help the bit to shave off the product. You can find the ceramic bits in several grids such as medium coarse and fine course. Ceramic bits can also be cleaned and sterilised

Diamond bits:

Can be derived from both natural or synthetic means and are the hardest bits available. They are used to remove the built-up product by scratching it off, but they create more dust and friction compared to the previously mentioned bits, and therefore, more heat. They also won’t rust after being disinfected. Most of cuticle drill bits are made of diamond.

Hygiene is a priority!

Hygienic attention is a huge priority when it comes to your drill bits. If you want to ensure your customers´ safety, you should disinfect your drill bits after every procedure or better yet have a couple ready to go for each new customer while disinfecting the ones that have been used.

Drill bits should always be scrubbed with a brush and then rinsed with soapy water, regardless of their material. You want to clean drill bits with a disinfecting formula that will kill all the bacteria in the instrument. Bear in mind that you should always follow the manufacturers instructions when cleaning and soaking these tools.

** Note…. Soaking them in acetone is also a good option if you want to dissolve the dust and dead particles in the bit**

Of course, you want to let the bits dry after you’ve soaked them. If you’re not using them, you want to put them in an empty container to avoid any other contact with the exterior, this ensures proper disinfecting procedures. Make sure you’re disinfecting it for the right amount of time, for exceeding it will rust your drill bits unless you are using diamond drill bits.

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