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What causes air bubbles in my clients’ nails?

Q.

What causes air bubbles in my clients’ nails? I nip back completely but about a month later they get the bubbles back.

A.

Prepping is key. To start, completely remove dead skin and oils from the nail surface. Then, clean the nail plate thoroughly. When applying product, keep it 1/16th of an inch away from live skin. Apply around the edges thin enough so you don’t have to over-file.

Watch your mix ratio. Liquid and powder should never be too wet or dry.

If your bubble problem is with gels, make sure you’re curing for the full amount of time so each layer properly bonds. Remember to use the light your manufacturer recommends and change the bulbs when needed. — Heather Goodwin was first runner-up for Nail Technician of the Year in NAILS’ 2007 AVAs.

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