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I am having a continuous problem with my clients’ nails lifting around the cuticle.

Q.

I am currently a nail student and I am having a continuous problem with my clients’ nails lifting around the cuticle. I am using good product so I know that isn’t the reason. I was wondering if using too much or too little liquid could cause them to lift.

A.

Yes, using an improper mix ratio of liquid and powder will cause your product to lift at the cuticles. Follow your manufacturer’s recommendations on the proper mix. You also want to be sure the nail plate is free from all living tissue near the cuticle area. I like to use a cuticle remover to make sure my nail plate is absolutely free of all attached tissue. Finally, be sure that the natural nail is dehydrated well and doesn’t have any residue of oils or debris. Gently remove the surface shine with a 240-grit file. Product adheres to a healthy nail far better than one damaged with aggressive filing. -- Patricia Yankee Williams

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