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Stop Service Breakdown: A Guide to Better Nails

Don’t let service breakdown give you a nervous breakdown. Regardless of what nail medium you’re using — polish, gel-polish, gel, acrylic, or gel-acrylic hybrid — problems are bound to crop up from time to time. Here are some troubleshooting tips aimed at making these common technical failings a thing of the past.

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All About Adhesion: How Nail Products Stick to the Nails

What factors contribute to how well a nail coating bonds to the nail — and how can we improve that adhesion?

Young Nails Nail School: How to Prevent Lifting Part 4

Young Nails president Greg Salo shows how to file and finish a nail to prevent lifting.

Young Nails Nail School: How to Prevent Lifting Part 3

Young Nails president Greg Salo shows how to prevent lifting when applying hard gel.

What Causes Gel and Acrylic Lifting

Celina Ryden explains common problems that can lead to lifting and how to determine where the problem started.

Young Nails Nail School: How to Prevent Lifting Part 2

After you've prepped the nails correctly, it's important to apply the acrylic properly. Young Nails president Greg Salo explains how.

Young Nails Nail School: How to Prevent Lifting

Young Nails head of education Tracey Reierson demonstrates how to properly prep nails to prevent lifting for all applications.

Young Nails Nail School: Removing Lifting Without Damaging the Natural Nail

Young Nails president Greg Salo explains how to resolve lifting issues with gel or acrylic enhancements without damaging the natural nail.

Something to Talk About: Product Lifting

Back when everyone was wearing acrylic nails, it was pretty easy to determine the cause of lifting. Today, with so many different products on the market, the cause is harder to pinpoint. But one thing hasn’t changed: More than likely it has something to do with the tech’s technique.

How to Prevent Acrylic Nails From Lifting

Acrylic nails can start to separate from the nail plate for a variety of reasons. This review of proper preparation and application will help you troubleshoot to prevent acrylic nails from lifting.