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.

ACRYLICS: nail enhancements made by combining a liquid (monomer) with a powder (polymer), which chemically causes the mixture to harden.

Problem: Nails “pop” off in one piece
Solution: Make sure your applications steps are flawless. Possible causes are: 1) Product applied over the cuticle. 2) Oil left on the natural nail. 3) Over-prepared nail plate. (File natural nail very lightly only.) 4) Product was applied too dry. 5) Forgot to prime. 6) Tip covered more than half the nail bed.

Problem: Bubbles in the pink or clear
Solution: Submerge your brush completely into the monomer, press the side of your brush down on the bottom of the dappen dish, then lightly wipe the extra liquid on the side of the dish. Another method is to set the ball of acrylic on the nail bed and, using the belly of your brush, press the acrylic flat. For beginners, try submerging your brush, wipe excess off, and form a smaller ball.

Problem: Smile line is cloudy, not crisp
Solution: Apply the white near the smile line higher than the pink used to do the nail bed. When the nail is filed out, file the area that is higher away and the smile line will be crisp.

Problem: Poor C-curve (the nail has a flat appearance)
Solution: Before the product is fully hardened, mold the curvature using a wooden dowel (shown) or sculptured nail form. 

Related Videos:

NAILS offers video help in our Troubleshooter video series: http://www.nailsmag.com/nailstv/section/troubleshooter#tab

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