Acrylic nails can start to separate from the nail plate for a variety of reasons. Some errors that can lead to lifting include over-filing the nails, failing to prepare the nails properly, overusing or underusing primer, and applying acrylic too close to the cuticle. Improper use of nails by the client, such as using nails as a can opener or screwdriver, will also likely cause acrylics to lift. With so many possible causes, it can be hard to identify the culprit when one of your clients is having problems with lifting.
The experts at Book Your Lifestyle (www.bookyourlifestyle.com) — a UK-based beauty booking and review platform — offer this review of “best practices” when it comes to avoiding lifting.
- Above all, concentrate on the careful preparation of the natural nail prior to applying acrylics. Taking time to prep the nails correctly will reduce the risk of nails lifting and improve the overall quality during the application.
- Be sure to carefully remove the nail's natural oils so that the nail has a dull top layer before applying the primer.
- Make sure that the nail plate is dehydrated prior to applying the nail products.
- Take time to remove the cuticle properly.
- Avoid filing the nails excessively, as it can cause damage to the nail plate, leaving it too fragile and thin. A damaged nail plate will affect the bonding process when the products are applied, causing lifting to occur.
- Be careful not to apply acrylics too closely to the cuticle.
- Strongly recommend that your client books her fill appointment for no more than two weeks later. The longer the client waits between her appointments, the greater chances are that her nails will lift.