Is it true that gels thin out a client’s nails?

September 17, 2012

I have so many nail clients who say gel nails thin out their nails. Is this true? When I do a fill, I don’t get right down to their natural nail, unless it has lifted. I always leave as much of the gel on their nail as I can, to protect their natural nail. So, can you tell me, if in fact gel nails thin out their natural nails?


 UV gels and other types of artificial nail coatings do not affect the growth of the natural nail plate and cannot make them grow thinner. Artificial nail coatings adhere to the uppermost surface of the nail plate and they have no effect on the growth matrix where the nail cells are created. Overly aggressive or heavy-handed filing techniques are what cause excessive thinning of the natural nail. Also, nail damage is often created when clients or nail technicians scrape or pry any artificial coating from the natural nail plate. To avoid this type of damage, nail professionals should take great care during nail preparation and while removing any nail coating. Clients should also be educated to avoid picking product from the nail plate.

— Doug Schoon is chief scientific advisor for CND.

How can I prevent lifting when my client's hands are constantly in water?

I have a client who is in the medical field so her hands are constantly in water. She has me keep the length of her acrylic nails short. No matter what I do, she always has at least one nail that comes off, and she always has lifting and gets water under the acrylic. I prep the nails correctly, I have a cuticle bit to clean the cuticle area, and I wipe the nail with alcohol, dehydrate the nail, and prime the nail. What should I do?

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