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natural looking nails

I have always believed that the most natural looking nail enhancement has to do in part with how you maintain your natural nail beneath the artificial one. No matter what type of enhancement you have.  Whether it is acrylic, gel, wraps or the newest in nail enhancement phenomena’s, gel color.

Eons ago, when I attended nail technology school, I was lucky enough to have a instructor who instilled this belief in us. She had most everything “artificial” that a person could have on her body. Eyelashes, hair, nails and some other other parts! She supported doing everything that you could do to make yourself feel and look good. But she also firmly believed that it needed to be done properly. And that the maintenance was also properly done.

Sanitization and proper nail preparation are of the utmost importance in maintaining the good health of a natural nail, and thus making the enhancement look realistic. I have seen at times, where  nail technicians will rip off a enhancement that has started to lift. The worst one that I have seen is when they use a nail tip and slide it between the natural nail and the lifted artificial nail and pry it off. This is the worst thing to do with a enhancement.

Whatever product you use for artificial nail enhancements, there is a bond formed between the natural nail and the enhancement.

Ideally, your enhancements should not pop off, but realistically, sometimes they will start to lift. There are different reasons for this to happen. Constant hand washing, a change in medication, stress, hormonal changes, or a illness. Or if you have super sensitive nail beds that don’t blend with your current product.

If your enhancement is being pried off, or as some folks will do, tear or peel them off, it is actually pulling off more of your natural nail with it. Its like shingles being ripped  off of a roof! The roof is weakened! And so is your nail. This is a two fold problem caused by that one thing.

First, it opens up the nail plate to the possibilities of bacteria getting into your nail plate and causing nail diseases. Secondly, it weakens your nail to the point that it will have a hard time making that bond with the enhancement. And it can hurt, plus it doesn’t look good.

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If you can find a technician that holds these values, then I believe you can continue to wear these little jewels for years to come.

The first sign of a lift is  slight discoloration at the point where your nail meets with the enhancement.

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So, of course you want to remove the artificial nail where it has come loose from your natural nail. I start by removing the shine from the enhancement and by blending the seam where the natural nail and the enhancement meets.

 

After that, I gently remove the enhancement until I get to the natural nail. This is a gentle procedure and I make sure that it doesn’t remove any of the natural nail.

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I have a bit of the acrylic nail that can be blended out of this nail. Then I even off the end of the natural nail to give it a nice clean look.

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The next step, as I have said before, is of utmost importance. Make sure that you prep and sanitize the nail plate before you apply any product.CIMG1372

Prep, Cleanse, Apply Bond Aide, and a “bonding agent’ such as Bondex.

Prepare your supplies for fixing your acrylic nail. Monomer and Polomyer for Acrylic Nails.

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The secret to keeping a artificial nail adhering to a natural nail and to keep it from snapping off, is to make sure that when you apply the nail form, that it ends up extending completely flat from the curve of the natural nail. I begin by putting the nail form under the natural nail at a angle to make sure that the form completely “butts” up to the nail plate.
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Then I roll the form back towards the cuticle adhering the tabs to the top side of the finger. Also notice that I have “unzipped” the form at the back so that it will stay straight.lifting 7

 

 

 

 

Go ahead and drop a bead of acrylic to the tip of the nail, on the nail form to extend the length of the nail to the desired length. Blend and sculpt the nail to mirror the natural nail shape.lifting 8

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next apply a bead of acrylic close to the cuticle and blend it to reflect the curve of the natural nail.lifting 9

Once the nail has “cured” be sure to use a pointed drill bit to clean up the lines between the acrylic and your natural nail on the bottom side of the nail. It is important to do this before you detail the enhancement on the top side, to be sure that you don’t over file the enhancement on the top side and loose your strength.

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Gently buff the nail to the point of your desired finishing technique. IE: Polish, Gel Polish or buffed  to a high gloss shine!

 

 

 

 

 

A little extra tip for those who have issues with acrylic clumping on their brushes. I found this little trick to erase the problem. Just add a little under a inch of brush cleaner to a vessel that will hold up your working brush. Place your brush in the vessel and soak for approximately 5 mins MAX. Make sure not to immerse the brush past the bristles. This will keep the cleaner from getting into the crimped part of the brush where the glue is. The problem when that happens is that the cleaner and glue react to each other and it will give your acrylics a ugly yellow color. Next, gently wipe the brush on a clean towel before placing with the bristles pointing down. This will allow the brush to dry with special emollients that will make your brush last for years.liftin 11