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Can humidity cause lifting?

Q.

I live in central Florida. Every year when the humidity rises, natural nails start separating from the enhancements on the sides of the free edge. This leads to the enhancements chipping away. Every year, all summer long, I’m rebuilding free edges using forms and product. I’ve tried using a dehumidifier, but it does not seem to be helping.

A.

An increase in humidity does not cause artificial nail lifting and a dehumidifier will not help, as you have discovered. During the summer, there are many other more likely reasons for enhancements to lose adhesion and lift. For example, clients spend much more time gardening and swimming. In general, they are outdoors more often and are likely to wear lots of sunscreen. Some types of sunscreen products can soften and discolor artificial nails and may create lifting, just as a more active lifestyle is likely to cause an increase in lifting and breaking. Take time to teach clients what to avoid and how to properly maintain their nails as the seasons change. It’s an important way to help prevent service breakdown.

— Doug Schoon is chief scientific advisor for CND.

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