Lifting Issues & Their Main Causes
Lifting issues and their main causes:
- Mix Ratio
- Salon Environment.
Explainations / Solutions
- Product / brush contamination - Alters chemistry and affects product performance (use a dedicated brush for different monomers and clean/store brushes properly).
- Product applied too thin - It is important to build the apex for strength and to taper the edges thin for flexibility.
- Weak supporting structure - The health and integrity of the natural nail will give the enhancement the proper foundation (avoid filing aggressively, rough abrasives and drills on the natural nail).
- Drills - Drills may cause micro-shattering of uncured product : a)Learn proper drill techniques. b) You may need to apply the product a little thicker to compensate for drilling.
- Nipping - Nipping destroys the nail plate and can lead to onycholysis (learn preventative techniques to maintain the health of the enhancement foundation).
- Improper Mix Ratio : a) Avoid using product too wet (it causes shrinkage and may result in the product pulling away from nail). b) Avoid using product too dry (it may cause a lack of cohesion as too little monomer will not properly hold the structure together).
- Improper prep - Leaving moisture and contaminates behind will block proper adhesion (make sure that the natural nail is thoroughly cleansed and dehydrated).
- Touching the surrounding skin with your brush - This is a sure way to overexpose your client and block adhesion (leave a tiny margin along the sidewalls and cuticle area).
- Not using complete systems - It is always best to work within a system to benefit from the synergistic effects of the product.
- Seasonal change - Changes in temperature and humidity can negatively affect the mix ratio (recalibrate to compensate).