HOW TO PREP YOUR DIPPED NAILS CORRECTLY TO AVOID LIFTING

Posted by JULIE MORROW on

How to stop your nails from lifting!

Do your nails come off before 2 weeks or get caught in your hair?
It's so annoying, but it's easily prevented :)
It's all in the prep!
 
With any nail system, whether plain old nail polish, gel, acrylic or dip nail powder, nails can chip, peel, break or lift if not prepared correctly.
 
There is no such thing as permanent nail enhancements as the nails continue to grow – no matter which product you choose to coat your nail -nothing is forever - Your nail grows and moves and over time the bond between your nail and the product weakens.
 
The stronger the bond the longer your dip powder nails will last.
And the key to a strong bond is in your preparation.

How to prep your dip powder nails to prevent lifting

Step 1
Sanitise. Wash your hands using soap and a nail brush. A clean surface not only helps the product stick but is essential for prevention of infection. You can also apply hand sanitiser as an extra precaution.
Step 2
Push back the cuticles gently using a good quality metal cuticle pusher.
Remove all the dead cuticle that is stuck to the nail plate. Look closely, as there is often skin remaining even after you think you have removed it. 
Nail Products don’t stick to skin due to the natural oils on the suface. The tiniest bit of skin will repel your dip powder and cause lifting!
Step 3
In the old days nail techs were taught to ‘rough up’ the nail surface using a nail file  - there is no need to file roughly - it will damage your nails!
Our dipping nail powder is more sophisticated and will adhere to the nail plate without excessive filing!
All you need to do is remove the dead skin and shine (oil) from the surface of the nail. You can use a gentle block buffer for this, making sure you get right in around the edge of the nail near the cuticle.
Gently buff the entire nail surface making sure you don’t miss any part of the nail.
I also like to gently file around close to the cuticle using an old nail file to ensure any dead skin is removed.
Step 4
Wipe over the entire nail using a lint free cotton wipe or tissue with isopropyl alcohol or nail polish remover.
Make sure there is no dust left on the nail.
The nail plate needs to be squeaky clean.
Step 5
For extra staying power apply a bonder to the nail surface before you dip your nails.
*Once you have complete these steps do NOT touch the nail (or let your client)
This will put oil from your skin on the nail plate and you will be back to square one.
Now that the nail plate is squeaky clean you are ready to apply your dipping powder.
Happy dipping!
Watch my video below to see exactly how it's done!

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