The causes of nail peeling

The causes of nail peeling

This is a question that comes up often!

There are several causes for premature nail detachment, all techniques combined. Whether for resin and powder, gel, polygel or acrylic, several aspects must be considered.

Preventing peeling, cracking and breaking involves your customers first. Teaching them how to care for their manicure over the next few weeks and months is paramount.

It is often said that prevention is always better than cure. Explaining what to do and what not to do with your nails will, in the long run, save you a lot of explanations if one or more problems arise between appointments.

The great winter cold

First, our severe winter colds have an impact on nail peeling. It is important to tell your clients to wear warm gloves and to keep the nails at the same temperature as the rest of the body, at all times. We must also point out to everyone that they must keep their hands and nails well hydrated. Cuticle oils and moisturizing creams are steps that allow nails to remain more flexible and more resistant to shocks.


Nail hydration

There are false rumors that moisturizing nails with oils can cause nail peeling. This is however completely false! An egg will easily stick to a cooking pan if it is not oiled or greased first, and adding more later will not make a difference since the damage is already done. On the other hand, if from the start the product is well adhered to the nail, oils and creams will not be able to affect the detachment.

Application of VD cuticle oil

During extreme cold, the products on the nails do not shrink. Conversely, our skin and our natural nails tend to contract and all this can cause premature detachment of the products on the surface of the nails. So that's a good reason to take a few seconds to moisturize and bundle up your nails and point your clients in that direction.

One last thing about the winter cold, be aware that it can also cause products to crack and break. Imagine plastics left outside at -30°C. Now imagine that there is an impact. Whether this impact is light or huge, cracks and breaking will occur and this same principle applies with the nails.

All that said, it's a huge relief to the mind to know that there are many causes of nail peeling that are beyond our control as a technician. On the other hand, when you come to consider the latter, it is because you have really eliminated all the possibilities of separation at the source; YOU.

Nail preparation

In addition, the preparation of the nail is essential and it must be present in your routine. Removing residue from dry cuticles, having a flawless nail surface and above all eliminating natural oils and greasy substances throughout the application is more than necessary. These steps involve avoiding running your fingers over the surface of your client's nail plate and making constant use of dehydrators to encourage adhesion.


Mix brands?

It is strongly recommended not to mix product brands with each other to avoid the nail detachment. If you have a primer available, use it between the dehydrator and product application and follow the manufacturer's directions. The primer acts as a double-sided adhesive tape and balances the Ph of the dehydrated natural nail surface. When applying a primer, it is essential to put as little as possible on the applicator and to monitor the absorption and dispersion of the latter, the aim being to cover the nail plate yes, but also not to come into contact with the skin to avoid allergic reactions and other discomfort that may occur.

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