I love doing nails and have tried gel nails, but I have problems with breaking and lifting. Please help.


I love doing nails and have tried gel nails, but I have problems with breaking and lifting. Please help.


Gels create a beautiful nail, but the application must be done correctly. Because gel shrinks as it cures it is important to make sure you have the sides and the free edge completely sealed. There are many classes you can take that would be very helpful. — Mary Seitzinger is the co-owner of Nail Sensation in Columbus, Ohio.


Prep, prep, prep — it’s very important to file the natural shine off, then push back and remove the cuticle. (This nonliving tissue should be removed up to the eponychium edge.) Then brush your client’s nails with a nail brush to remove dust. Always use a nail cleanser.

Once the nails are ready, follow your gel system’s instructions. Use the lamp that is made specifically for your system — not all lamps are the same. If breaking is an issue, then build up the apex (center of nail) area of the nail plate, building from sidewall to sidewall.

Remember that not all gels are the same; I tried at least seven different gels before settling on the one I use now. If you continue having these issues, I would consider investing in trial kits of other gels to try out. — Michelle Lyden is a nail tech who specializes in gel nails at Robin’s on Broadway in Hillsdale, N.J.

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