Did you encounter any difficulties during your last UV gel or capsule application? The gel did not dry ? The capsule split lengthwise ? The gel came off ? Your client came back to see you a few days later with yellowed nails? Don’t panic, all these phenomena can be explained and avoided! Here is an overview of what causes these little “failures”.
Your client feels an unpleasant pressure sensation on the nail
If your client tells you about an unpleasant feeling of pressure on the nail, it is possible that you have :
applied a capsule that was too small,
applied the gel too thickly,
or filed the natural nail too much.
If your client’s natural nails are very flat, you should know that this is a normal sensation that will fade within 24 hours of application.
The capsule splits
The capsule can split in the width. This may be due to the application, and in particular to a lack of gel on the sides of the nail, or it may be due to the natural shape of the nail, which is particularly the case when the nail is hooked.
The capsule can split lengthwise, if :
The lateral pressure is too great.
The gel has been applied in an irregular manner (little gel in the center, too much gel on one side), etc.
The capsule is too small compared to the size of the natural nail (see our article on how to choose the right capsule size).
The gel turns yellow after a few days or weeks
Sometimes the UV gel turns yellow but this is never related to the application technique. The yellowing of the gel is due to :
The application of self-tanning products or taking tanning pills.
The use of household products.
Handling certain food products containing dye.
It is preferable to warn your client of this risk during the application and to recommend that she wear gloves when doing household chores or handling detergent or abrasive products.
The gel comes off
The gel can come off for several reasons.
If the natural nail has not been properly prepared.
If it was applied too thickly or too close to the cuticles.
If it has been applied on ridged nails.
The gel can also come off if your client’s nails are naturally greasy or if she has particularly sweaty hands, or if she has a habit of putting her fingers in her mouth and playing with her nails.
The gel does not dry
If the gel does not dry, first check the condition of your lamp, as it may be defective or worn. If your lamp is in good working order, it means that you have certainly applied the gel in too thick a layer.
It is recommended to use a 36W lamp for drying. It is also important to know that the tubes of the lamp must be replaced every 200 hours of use.
So this weekend?
Well today no nail art or swatch but a question.
I’ve noticed this for a while now and thought it was “normal”… but my boss had never seen this! It was when I kept my nails bare for a few days that she spotted it and was riveted.
As a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ll put the pictures (some of them are blurry) to better illustrate my point:
As you can see, at the end of the arrows, under the nail I have a kind of skin bulge. In fact, it’s my finger that “advances” under the nail… for the prosthetists who read me: I make a kind of lengthening of my plate in a 100% natural way. In fact, it’s my rose that grows…. unfortunately it only grows in the middle, so my smile line is very curved (personally I don’t think it’s beautiful because it doesn’t look natural (even though there’s nothing more natural!). I can feel it when I touch it and it’s very sensitive so it’s not horn, it’s more like a very thin skin. But I only do it on my thumbs + index + middle fingers: so if I leave my nails bare, I have two “normal” frenches and therefore not very rounded + 3 very curved frenches.
I thought that it’s because I have a long nail, my finger moves forward to hold it more. But why only on 6 fingers instead of 10? Here again I have a little idea: the ring and little fingers are much more curved than the others. This could be a way to compensate for the lack of roundness of the nails, roundness that is necessary to hold such a length on my fingers ???
So? Do you have this kind of thing? Have you seen it?
Since I saw it, I am very afraid to break one of these “alien” nails ! If it ever cuts flush with the free edge on the sides, the crack usually goes in a straight line, and then it would go right through my plate extension !!!! Ouch!
Fake nails: beware of the risks
Nails too short, bitten, damaged, or simply by taste… Many are those who succumb to the temptation of false nails. But they are not without risks. The French National Agency for the Safety of Medicines (ANSM) has drawn up a list of risks and situations in which the use of artificial nails is not recommended.
The ANSM recommends avoiding all chemicals contained in false nails during pregnancy. Ditto if you are under 16 years old, your nails are not yet fully mature, and more generally, if your nails are already fragile or damaged because polishing “will make them thinner and more fragile”.
If you suffer from a nail disease (mycosis, psoriasis …), artificial nails are also not recommended. Caregivers, who “risk transmitting more easily a bacterial infection to patients” through them, should also refrain.
The risks of the techniques and products used
When the artificial nail is placed beyond the limit of the natural nail or cuticles, local inflammation, a fall of the natural nail, or even paresthesias at the end of the fingers (abnormal sensitivity of the skin) can occur. Other possible inconveniences are “allergies to gel, glue or resin”. They result in “eczema around the nails (redness with itching or burning sensations) and/or on the face (especially the eyelids) or by a detachment of the natural nail”.
Another risk is the infection of the natural nail, most often due to a fungus (mycosis), which manifests itself in particular by its change of color (yellow or greenish…) and an inflammation around the nail.
A good technique should help avoid some of these complications
Prolonged wear can weaken the nails: after three or four months, it is preferable to wait a month before wearing them again.
Scraping or pulling off the artificial nail yourself can cause the natural nail to detach. Filing too aggressively also weakens the nail, which may come off.
Finally, in case of abnormalities, it is recommended to have these false nails removed by a professional (beauticians and/or people with a professional nail stylist qualification certificate), or even to consult a doctor (dermatologist or attending physician).
The two main techniques for false nails are self-hardening resin (the “sculpted nails” technique) and UV hardening gel.
The removal is done by a professional and is done with a solvent such as acetone for the resin, by filing for the gel.