Honing Your Skills

Nail Troubleshooter: Polish, Gel, Gel-Polish, and Acrylics

Once you start working with clients regularly, you may run into minor mishaps that will challenge you. To help you out when they do, keep this chart handy for pointers on fixing some of the most common problems.

GEL: pre-mixed nail enhancements that stay semi-liquid/semi-solid until cured with UV rays. Traditionally, gels are packaged in pots, but some are now available in polish bottles.

Problem: Client wary of UV ray exposure from lamp
Solution: Print out a copy of “Do UV Nail Lamps Emit Unsafe Levels of Ultraviolet Light?” to educate your client. If she still expresses anxiety place a small piece of white cloth over the hands when placing them in the UV nail lamp, allow her to apply sunscreen, or offer her a traditional polish manicure.

Problem: Client pulls out hand from the lamp due to a painful heat spike
Solution: This happens when the chemical reaction that causes the gel to cure occurs too quickly. To prevent the heat spike, first ensure you are using the UV lamp that is made for that specific UV gel. Also, control the temperature in your work area (use low wattage table lamps), apply several thin coats of gel rather than one or two thick layers, and avoid over-filing the nail plate.

Problem: Lifting
Solution: Be sure to remove excess cuticle from the nail plate and properly prepare the entire nail surface. Make sure there isn’t any product on the eponychium or sidewalls after application.

Next page: Gel-polish troubleshooter

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