Finding a nail technician that you truly trust and adore is no easy feat. But there’s only so much that we, as nail technicians, can do to ensure that your nails are #onfleek in the weeks between appointments.
There is absolutely no reason that artificial nails should harm your own nails if they are applied correctly and looked after properly. We aim to enhance your nails, not damage them.
Both gel and acrylic products do not damage the nail in any way; it is the improper filing of the nail, misuse and normal wear and tear from the client in between appointment, which cause the damage.
We have put together this blog to give you a better understanding of how to care for your artificial nail enhancements and help protect your natural nails underneath.
Both gel and acrylic nail enhancement are designed to last between two and three weeks maximum.
Things to know about your nails:
- The natural nail grows, therefore the stress point created by the nail technician for maximum strength will move down; this will create more stress on the natural and artificial nail. This stress causes lifting or bruising after the first week, more in the 2nd and 3rd weeks because of the pressure on our nails and hands when we do day-to-day activities. Lifting after this time will cause the artificial nail enhancement to lift layers of the natural nail up as it lifts off the nail plate. (making the nail plate thinner)
- If the artificial nails lift too much between refills the nail technicians job is to remove all the lifting to seal and replace it will fresh product to ensure no bacteria or infection will happen. The more they lift each time the more times your nail technician will have to file your natural nail.? Every time your nail is filed it will become thinner and thinner.
- If your nails are refilled every 2 to 3 weeks there will be less lifting (peeling of your natural nail) and less of your nail will be filed to be prepared for the new product. This will protect your natural nail underneath.
- If your nails become too thin you may experience pain during and after the service as they will be more sensitive, the artificial nail enhancement will be more inclined to lift as well.
- Lifting can cause white bruising on the natural nail as well as red hot spots when filed too much.
- If the nail lifts too much the service will take longer and will require more product which will then be an over haul and not a refill or rebalance. An overhaul will attract an extra fee.
- One other reason they must be filled every 2 to 3 weeks is to keep them looking natural, as this moves the growth line back up to the cuticle area so you cannot see the artificial nail grow out.
We as nail technicians have a responsibility to look after our clients nails the best we can. However, clients also need to take precautions between refills as well to maintain the health of their nails.
Here are some nail aftercare tips that YOU can do:
- Always use gloves when using chemicals, or in soapy water for long periods of time.
- Be gentle on your acrylic nails for at least 24hr as they are still setting and may cause problems (no house work or gardening etc.)
- When using sorboline or lanolin based hand creams be sure to wipe the excess from the cuticle areas.
- Use cuticle oil at least once a day to help keep the acrylic and cuticle area supple (for less stress cracks in the acrylic) and to keep the skin around the cuticle area conditioned (for less hand nails and less likely to cut during a refill or rebalance)
- Never use nail clippers to take back length, use a file.
- Gel clients are to never remove length at home as this will break the seal around the free edge and cause lifting.
- Wear your nails as jewels and not to use them as tools as this will cause problems with your nails.
- Use non-acetone nail polish remover when removing polish.
- To never tap your nails on anything (table tops) this will cause stress cracks and lifting.
- Follow the advice of your nail technician as to how long to go between nail services.