There are a variety of nail issues, from the everyday bitten-nails to the all-out chip or crack, that require you to call in reinforcements. Whether using acrylic or gel (or even a tea bag), we offer some ways to strengthen nails into long-lasting beauts.
1. Sam Rivenbark of East Coast Acrylic in Edenton, N.C., used gel to fix a client’s thumbnail after it tore at the free edge. “She was already wearing gel so we fixed it with gel and gel polish,” Rivenbark says. She used a file to remove the top layer of the last gel fill, making sure not to touch the natural nail and filing closely at the break. She then primed the nail and applied a small amount of clear gel along the break and flash cured for 30 seconds. (More than one coat of gel may be needed to fill the break.) She then filled the nail as usual and applied gel polish, then nail art.
2. To easily fix a cracked nail with supplies you probably keep around the salon, simply take 100% cotton, insert it into the nail crack, and apply nail glue. To dry the glue, spray glue dryer then buff smooth. Angela Marie Harvey of Pamper Me Angie Nailery in Southfield, Mich., says, “This will mend a natural nail back together as a client gets a manicure or under artificial enhancements.”
3. Watch a video of Holly Schippers, FingernailFixer, Bussey, Iowa, fixing a split nail with fiberglass and Shellac on NAILStv: www.nailsmag.com/FiberglassShellacRepair.
4. For clients with brittle nails, hydrating products are key. Offer in-salon moisturizing treatments like paraffin, apply a natural nail strengthener under the polish, and apply cuticle oil to clients’ nails before they leave. Enhancements are also a great choice for clients with brittle nails, as it will protect the natural nail plate from the elements (such as water) that are likely causing the nails to become brittle.
A Bridge Over Bitten Nails