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Why does my precut self-adhesive silk curl away from the nail plate after I apply glue to the entire nail?

Q.

Sometimes my precut self-adhesive silk curls away from the nail plate after I apply glue to the entire nail. Here’s how I do it: 1) prep nail, 2) apply self stick silk, 3) apply glue to make silk stick to the nail (this is when my silk curls from nail plate), 4) apply gel, 5) dip in powder, 6) apply gel again, 7) dip in powder, 8) apply gel, 9) spray activator, and 10) file and shape. Please tell me what’s going wrong and point me in the right direction.

A.

It sounds like the silk may be too old, and the adhesive isn’t there any more. The glue shouldn’t be what makes the wrap stick to the nail. The glue is only applied to make the wrap disappear. The adhesive backing is what makes the wrap stick to the nail.

Some other pointers: I always base the nail first with gel so the silk will adhere better. A wrap stays better when it’s sandwiched between two like products. I never apply the silk directly to the nail unless the client requests it. — Pam Swartz is an educator with Soft Touch products for Rudolph International.

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