What can I do so my clients’ nail beds aren’t ruined after I remove their acrylic?


What can I do so my clients’ nail beds aren’t ruined after I remove their acrylic? Is the problem with the application or the removal?


La Cinda Headings: The problem can be caused by both. The product itself doesn’t damage the nail plate. To prevent thinning during application, take care to use fine-grit abrasives when in contact with the natural nail. (That means when filing for rebalances also.) Most damage comes from overfilling the natural nail when filing to remove lifting. As for the removal process, picking the product off can damage the nail. Soaking the product off can dry the nail plate out, but it can be reconditioned.

Lynnette Diaz-Madden: There are a few things that could be the cause of “ruined” nail beds. Make sure when you prep before applying product that your do not over-file. Overfiling is the leading cause of damage to the nail beds. Not being an advocate of acrylic nippers, I prefer to remove enhancements with the tin foil method: Saturate a cotton ball in acetone, apply on the nails, and wrap in tin foil. Make sure to use a cuticle oil on the skin surrounding the nails. If you have access to paraffin, dip the fingers, covering the tinfoil. You can also place the hands in heated mitts. The product should be ready to remove in about 20 minutes.

Because the nails tend to be soften after removal, I would recommend using and retailing a good cuticle oil and a nail strengthener. Keep the nails short until you feel comfortable letting the client let them grow longer. It will not be long before the client’s nail are long again and your former enhancement client will now be a natural nail client!

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