Nail advice: how to prevent lifting
There are several reasons why a coating might start to lift from the nail plate, but the most common is inadequate preparation before application. Preparation is the key to longevity. The nail should be clean and dry for the coating to properly adhere to the keratin in the natural nail.
If lots of clients are returning with lifting then this is an indication that you could do with looking at your application method. Re-visit your training manual and speak to an educator from your chosen brand to help you with your technique.
It’s also about using the coating that’s most suitable for your client’s nail type and lifestyle. If they have a particularly hands-on job, then long, extended talons might not be the best option, which is why they could be having issues.
Use the different options available to you and prescribe the right product. Doing this will ensure your client doesn’t experience unnecessary lifting or service breakdown.
It’s also important to recommend the correct homecare. Whatever coating they have on their nails, it will require a certain amount of aftercare between appointments. Using a daily treatment such as an oil will help keep their nails healthy and conditioned.
If your client is likely to be gardening or taking care of housework, recommend they wear rubber gloves to prevent any chemicals that could cause lifting and reiterate to them that they need to return to you for removal, rather than picking and pulling at the coating.
Samantha Birkett-Leigh is a member of Global Team CND and owner of Bliss Nail Studio salon and training academy in Cumbria.
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