Can humidity cause lifting?

October 26, 2011

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.


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.

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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