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How can I get my tips to stay on better?

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I have been having a problem with my tips staying on. I have tried regular adhesives, gel glues, and resins. My question is how much do I put on? Do I fill the well with it or just use a drop? If the well is not full, won’t it leave air bubbles?

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I have been having a problem with my tips staying on. I have tried regular adhesives, gel glues, and resins. My question is how much do I put on? Do I fill the well with it or just use a drop? If the well is not full, won’t it leave air bubbles?

Debi Waszut: The problem here is probably improper technique. When applying a tip, proper fit is imperative. I usually file the well of the tip down, leaving it longer at the sidewalls to form a pronounced smile line. I make the center portion of the well the same length as the free edge (Which I have already filed short). This eliminates the need to blend the tip, which can lead to lifting. Then I apply a dot of gel resin into the well. This eliminates air pockets or bubbles. As the gel resin sets up, gently press in the sidewalls of the tip to increase contact and accentuate the C-curve of the tip. If necessary use a little activator spray to speed up the process. Remember, less is more when using gel adhesives to apply tips.

LaCinda Headings: First check your tip fit. Tips that don’t fit properly will not stay on. Too much adhesive will increase set time, and too little will result in air bubbles. Put one drop of adhesive in the well and use the side of the nozzle to spread it from side to side, making sure the entire well is covered.

Mary Metscaviz: Often when a tip won’t stay on it’s because it wasn’t properly sized to start with, or it wasn’t the correct shape tip to apply. Make sure the tip you choose is wide enough and has the same contour as the natural nail. (I always have at least four kinds of tips in my salon.) I’ve been using a brush-on adhesive and I love it. Gels can go on too heavily and then ooze out under the nail and liquid glues are often hard to control.

Turn the tip upside down and brush the glue over the entire well of the tip, then turn it back over and apply it to the nail using even pressure to prevent any air bubbles. I hold the tip in my right hand in the position that I would put it on, then I turn my hand over and apply the glue, then turn my hand back over and apply the tip. This way I don’t have to transfer the tip back and forth, which can cause the glue to run on my hand. If you do get air bubbles you must remove the tip and start over. Just soak it in a small jelly jar with acetone in it. It only takes a few minutes to soak off a tip, but if it’s not a good fit you’ll have problems later.

 

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