How to keep acrylic nails from lifting

When lifting acrylics happen we want to know what will prevent it from happening again. Before we even start in preventing acrylics nails from lifting we recommend taking a look at proper nail preparation. In this post what we have for you are the most common reasons lifting occurs. Secondly, we have the best ways to prevent acrylic nails from lifting. If you have any questions feel free to comment below and we will do what we can to help.


Why acrylic nails lift:

Lifting acrylic occurs when the overlay separates from the nail plate. It can be attributed to a variety of factors. Some of the most popular causes are:

  • Natural oils accumulating at the base of the nail.
  • Moisture on nails at the time primer is applied, hindering the bonding process.
  • Pterygium– an overgrowth of the cuticle that attaches to the nail plate. If it is not removed, the primer is unable to reach the natural nail.
  • Improper preparation of nail. (To get more information on the proper method of preparation, refer to our Nail Prep blog.)
  • Contaminated primer.
  • Inadequate amount of primer.
  • Excessive nail damage, such as flaking or peeling.
  • Misuse of nails, such as using them as a tool or pick.
  • Applying acrylic too close to the cuticle may also cause lifting.


How to keep acrylics from lifting:

  • Take the time to properly prep nails before performing service.
  • Suggest that the client books her rebalancing appointment no longer than 2 weeks away. The longer the time in between rebalancing appointments, the more likely it is that the nail will lift and deteriorate.
  • Dehydrate nail plate as much as possible before adding nail enhancements.
  • Properly remove cuticles from nail plate.

Acrylics are the core of many nail salons and quality should always be taken into account when purchasing acrylic liquids and acrylic powders. We have been manufacturing cosmetics specifically for manicures and pedicures for over 25 years. We have only the highest standards when it comes to: quality, consistency, and customer service. Thank you for reading and feel free to comment with any questions.

By Peter DeSantis the Marketing Director at DeEnterprises Inc., a Chemical Manufacturer of Manicure and Pedicure Products. You can find Peter on Google+ and Twitter.