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-POLISH: a type of gel (sometimes a literal hybrid of gel and polish) that is commonly referred to as a chip-free manicure, it is applied with a brush like traditional polish but is cured inside a UV lamp like a traditional gel.

Problem: Limited color selection
Solution: Layer gel-polish colors. Apply layers thinly, curing between each. (Shown: Various laying combinations on top of Entity’s One Color Couture Gel in Little Black Bottle)

Problem: Added glitter is causing service breakdown (chipping, etc.)
Solution: The culprit is often under-curing, meaning the light does not permeate the product because of the added embellishment. So be sure to apply the product as thinly as possible, then add a layer of clear acrylic or gel over the top of the art and stress area. The additives you choose to mix with your product should never make up more than 30% of your mixture.

Problem: Color appears uneven when applied
Solution: Shake the bottle (with the lid on tightly) for a consistently smooth application. Store the bottles at room temperature, and seal the lids tightly each time on a clean bottle neck. Tip: Use a hobby store paint shaker, like the one by Robart, to take the shaking strain off your hands.

Problem: Gel lifting from the free edge, leaving it bare
Solution: Gel shrinks when it cures, so make sure you seal the free edge by applying the gel horizontally at the very edge

Next page: Acrylics troubleshooter

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