My ‘no-lift’ formula by Rebecca Robinson

Updated: May 25, 2020

Hello my name is Rebecca Robinson and I have been a nail technician for over 4 years. I’m now proud to be the KISS educator for the Bradford area.

Over the years I have come across many nail related problems and those clients who always seem to get lifting no matter what you, do. These clients can prove to be a real problem. Infills take longer, their nails don’t last as long and dare I say it, shhh, ‘Greenies!’... a nail technicians worst nightmare.

I have now got it so that lifting is pretty much a thing of the past.  How did I get to this point? Well after trial and error and lots of fails I would like to share with you a few tips and tricks I have picked up over the years.

The first thing I would like to say is that I have found that the common thing techs say is, ‘its down to the prep’. Yes that is a major part of it, but it isn’t the only thing to consider when looking at lifting issues.  I used to think to myself, why am I getting lifting when I know my prep is perfect?  What am I doing wrong? Your prep is the first part of ensuring any nail enhancement service is correct.  Preparation of the nail needs to be done well, thoroughly and following a routine. I’m not going to discuss how to prep the nail as I am very sure that you all know how to do this, but what you do need to do is to make sure that it is done thoroughly and the nail plate is dry and clean before proceeding with application of your products.

Every nail brand has its own products for preparation and while they all may be similar in their formulation, I would strongly recommend to use the products specifically for that brand.  They are designed to all work together and complement each other.  I look at it like they are all building blocks and if one is missing then the it won’t be a strong and long lasting service.  The system I use, Rachael Wilders acrylic system has its own products for cleansing, dehydrating and priming the nail plate.

I use a dehydrator and primer on all of my clients.  I apply the primer very sparingly as using too much can have an adverse effect.  Apply the primer against the direction of growth to the nail plate.  This helps the layers of the nail plate to microscopically stand up and allow the products to bond effectively.

I always prep just one hand at a time.  This is important as after a while the efficiency of the products will start to diminish.  We want them to be at their optimum.

Once we are sure that the nail is prepared well we can apply the product.  Our efforts to ensure no lifting have not finished now.  The acrylic must be applied in the correct ratio for the system.  I like to use Rachael Wilders products, and wirh this system, I try to work as dry as possible.  If your product is too wet it can encourage lifting.  Have faith in your chosen nail system and get to know it really well for best results.  You MUST use the same brand liquid to powder.  Yes people do mix and match and they do work but if you are having lifting issues you need to look at the basics, eliminate any possible factors. Have a play around with the beads and the liquid ratio so that you know you can consistently pick up good beads.  I like to work quite dry, I place my bead and just give it a moment to sit.  Take your time when applying the product.  Pat and really press the product into the nail plate well.  I find if I take my time and really push the product in it makes all the difference between a set that lifts and a set that doesn’t.

If you are having issues with lifting, any or all of the things above could help.

So to recap:

  • Good and thorough prep routine

  • Use all the required products for the system

  • Prep one had at a time

  • Product ratio

  • Pat and Press

I really hope you found this a helpful guide to eliminating lifting!


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