Why is an air pocket appearing in the middle of my clients' acrylic nails?


I have been a nail tech for five years. In the last several months when my clients return for their fill I find a large air pocket in the center of some of their nails and the acrylic is sealed around the air pocket. When I finish the fill there is no air pocket. When they come back for their fill that’s when I notice it. Is my technique incorrect all of sudden? I just can’t figure it out.


This can occur for many reasons: 1) Medication that the client is taking — especially during the cold and flu season. 2) If you are doing pink-and-whites, make sure you do not neutralize the bonding agent with excess liquid while applying the smile line. 3) The nails might be too long for the client causing stress to that area. 4) During prep for your fill make sure there is not an adhesion problem before applying new acrylic. -- Joey Brown


These “stress bubbles” can form when a client has hit her nail dead on and it lifts in the center of the nail. Another cause is leaving too much of the old product on the nail during a fill so the acrylic is not sealed properly. -- Darlene Johnston

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