Having trouble with the thickness of your gel extensions? Here’s how to troubleshoot.
5.) Build enhancements to an appropriate length. Don’t create nails that are way too long. The longest enhancement you could try should be half of the length of the natural nail bed. If your client asks for something longer, let her know that it won’t hold up as well to normal wear and tear.
4.) Use the correct mix ratio for acrylic. Balance is key. Here’s how to test: place a bead of product directly on the apex of a clean, unfiled acrylic nail tip. Do not pat or push it down, just observe it for ten seconds. If it’s too wet, it will settle and flow outward immediately or drop by half within those ten seconds, losing most of its original shape. If it’s too dry, the height and shape will be completely unchanged after ten seconds, be difficult to keep in place, and will look crusty. The perfect consistency will look like frosted glass.
3.) Stop nipping the old product off nails. It can cause more lifting and create a ledge that’s hard to incorporate into the new nail. Instead, use a 180- or 240- grit file to remove the shine from the old product and lower its thickness by a third. Any lifted places should be filed away and blended into the natural nail.
2.) Hold a medical consult. Some medications and treatments affect nails and hair, causing lifting. If your client is one of these, try your best with different products (gels, wraps, acrylics), and see what works best. If nothing seems to help, recommend more natural nails.
1.) Educate your clients. Keep your clients knowledgeable of proper at-home care and maintenance.