Secrets to the Prevention of Acrylic Nail Lifting
What causes the lifting of nails on some clients and not on
others? We are asked this question many times. Is there really a
way to keep nails from lifting before the client comes in for her
normal two to three week fill?
CAUSES FOR LIFTING. Years of research has revealed that there are basic causes for nails lifting. They fall into three categories: (1) observable, (2) hidden, and (3) chemical.
OBSERVABLE CAUSES. Many times the cause is tied closely to the lack of proper preparation by the Technician at the time the nails are applied. The general consensus of opinion is that No Lift Primer is the best on the market. The best products will not adhere the acrylic to the nail plate if the preparation has not been performed properly.
- Natural Oils. The natural oil must be removed so that the nail has a dull finish prior to the application of the No Lift Primer.
- Moist Nails. Moisture on the nails at the time the primer is applied prevents bonding in much the same manner that natural oils do.
- Pterygium. The pterygium is an overgrowth of cuticle that sticks to the nail plate. It must be completely removed, or the primer cannot reach the nail plate and lifting will result.
- Excess Dust. Grit can cause lifting. Remove with a duster brush, be thorough!
- Nervous Habits. Caution your clients that picking and biting nails can cause lifting.
- Occupational Hazards. Typing, keypunching and similar activities can cause pressure on the nails.
- Misuse of Nails. Using nails as screwdrivers or other such tools is not recommended and can cause lifting.
- Filing friction and heat build up by drills or files.
- Diseased Nail Plate. State Licensing Boards have determined that this problem is beyond the scope of the technician's practice. Professional medical attention is required.
- Heart Medications
- Diuretics and too much Vitamin B-6
- Medication for sugar diabetes (Insulin)
- Thyroid Medications
- Allergies and sensitivity to the product itself.
- Bacteria in the client's system.
- Contaminated primer (dust in the primer) or liquid or acrylic powder.
- Smoke in the air accumulates on the nails before the product is applied.
- Mixing products from two or more manufacturers which may be chemically incompatible.
- Nail plate saturated with too much primer.
- Household cleaning products
- Lemons and Limes and other Acidic Juices.
Best practices for using No Lift Nail
THE DRY METHOD. The dry method is the most effective method to overcome lifting due to observable causes.
The four basic steps of the dry method are:
Step #1. Removing the pterygium. The cuticle overlaps the pterygium. All of the pterygium must be removed from the cuticle area of the nail plate. To remove it: Fold a gray buff and use the sharp edge to ease back the cuticle and expose the pterygium,. Buff the pterygium away lightly.
Step#2. Removal of oil. Lightly remove the shiny appearance of the nail plate by using the flat surface of the gray buff, lengthwise, crosswise, and diagonally. No drills. Use the drill only for shortening and under the free edge.
Step #3. Dust excess residue from the nail plate with a dust brush until completely dust free. Be thorough.
Step #4. Apply the No Lift Primer with a No Lift Primer brush that was designed specifically for the primer application. Be sure to sanitize your brush before and after each patron. Clean the brush with alcohol. Wipe it dry before using the primer. Do this thoroughly, even though the primer contains an effective bactericide and fungicide. Apply the primer from the free edge and it will flow back toward the cuticle. Move the brush back, and continue to apply No Lift Nail Primer until it almost reaches the cuticle.
No Lift Nails feels you should have this important information about the primer. It works in three stages. 1st stage: shiny WET, 2nd stage: pink MATTE, 3rd stage: white DRY.
The recommended time to apply the acrylic product is at the matte (or pink) stage. It is recommended that you prime each nail plate twice.
ERRORS TO AVOID: Although you may apply two to three coats of No Lift Nails primer on the nail plate, it should be used sparingly. You may use up to 5 applications . KEEP RECORDS. No blow dryers. Heat causes the primer to weaken. Therefore, do not use it near heat. Keep primer away from direct sunlight and your lamp. Do not store in a hot car or overheated areas. No Lift Primer will freeze in cold weather. Freezing does not hurt the primer. Thaw to dissolve the crystals by holding in your hand or at room temperature. No hot water.
Do not apply primer to inflamed nails or tissues. You are the expert. When in doubt ... DON'T! If a is ingested, call a physician immediately! (No Lift Nails is listed with Rocky Mountain Poison Control.) KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN.
USE WITH ADEQUATE VENTILATION