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My client has constant lifting problems. Is she doomed to lifting, or am I doing something wrong?

December 20, 2010 | Bookmark +

I have a client whose nails always seem to lift around the cuticles no matter what I do. It happens as soon as her fill is finished. I’ve etched the nail well, cleansed it more than once, and always use a primer. Is she doomed to always have lifting, or am I doing something wrong?


Lifting around the cuticle line so soon after product application is usually a sure-fire sign that product is getting onto the skin or cuticle. The most common reason for this is that some of the cuticle is remaining on the nail plate after preparation. Be sure you thoroughly remove the cuticle from the nail plate with a professional cuticle remover and a disinfected metal cuticle pusher. I find plastic and wood pushers are very inefficient at removing the cuticle from the natural nail plate. Another point to take into consideration is that the nail plate is only partially formed at or near the lunula. As a result, the natural nail plate is much more flexible, and the thicker your product is in this area, the more likely it is for the nail plate to peel or pull away from the enhancement. Try to leave a greater free margin around the skin and ensure your application is thin and even. — Samuel Sweet

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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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