Dealing with Acrylic Lifting: Causes, Prevention, and Solutions

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Acrylic nails can be a beautiful and long-lasting nail enhancement option, but sometimes, acrylic lifting can occur, causing frustration and concern. Understanding the causes, prevention methods, and solutions for acrylic lifting is crucial for maintaining the integrity and longevity of your acrylic nail enhancements. In this blog post, we'll explore the various aspects of acrylic lifting and provide helpful guidance on what to do when it happens.

1. Understanding Acrylic Lifting:
Acrylic lifting refers to the separation of the acrylic product from the natural nail bed, leading to gaps or lifting at the nail base. It can occur due to several factors, including improper nail preparation, poor application techniques, or everyday activities that expose the nails to moisture.

2. Identifying the Causes:
To effectively address acrylic lifting, it's important to identify the underlying causes. Common causes include:
- Inadequate nail preparation, such as improper nail cleansing or inadequate removal of oils and moisture from the nail bed.
- Poor application techniques, including overfilling the nail, inadequate product adhesion, or improper nail structure.
- Exposure to moisture or prolonged water contact, such as frequent hand washing, dishwashing without gloves, or swimming.

3. Prevention Tips:
Prevention is key to minimizing the occurrence of acrylic lifting. Consider the following tips:
- Ensure proper nail preparation by thoroughly cleansing and dehydrating the nail bed before application.
- Use high-quality acrylic products and follow the manufacturer's instructions for application and curing.
- Avoid over-filing the natural nail or creating an overly thick acrylic layer.
- Educate clients on proper nail care and maintenance, such as using gloves when exposed to water and avoiding excessive use of oil-based products around the nails.

4. Dealing with Acrylic Lifting:
If acrylic lifting does occur, consider the following steps:
- Assess the extent of the lifting. If only a small area is affected, you may be able to repair it yourself. However, significant or widespread lifting may require professional intervention.
- Gently remove any lifted or loose acrylic using a fine-grit file or a wooden cuticle pusher. Be cautious not to damage the natural nail underneath.
- Thoroughly cleanse and dehydrate the nail bed.
- Reapply acrylic in the lifted area, ensuring proper adhesion and blending it seamlessly with the existing acrylic.
- If the lifting is severe or recurring, it's advisable to consult a professional nail technician for assessment and possible adjustment to your acrylic application technique.

References for Further Reading:
1. NAILS Magazine: Troubleshooter: Acrylic Lifting:
2. Technique - NAILS Magazine: Preventing Acrylic Nail Lifting:
3. Understanding and Avoiding Acrylic Nail Lifting:


Acrylic lifting can be frustrating, but with proper understanding, prevention measures, and appropriate action, you can effectively manage and minimize its occurrence. Remember to prioritize proper nail preparation, use high-quality products, and educate yourself and your clients on best practices for nail care and maintenance. When in doubt, don't hesitate to seek professional advice. By following these guidelines, you'll be better equipped to address and overcome the challenges of acrylic lifting.

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