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Problem Nails "One"
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Primer..., Lifting..., Pockets..., Reactions..., Thin
Nail FAQ's by Topic
feel thin or sensitive... after soaking off acrylic nails
nails feel thin or sensitive: When
you wear acrylic nails; your Natural
nails always feel a little soft when you first soak off the acrylic
nails, but within a few hours, they should feel fine. When
natural nails are properly etched, primed and filed, before acrylic
application, the natural nails do not become weak.
Maintaining: For maintaining the
“Natural” nails, please click on “Prescriptions”, on the left side-bar –
then scroll down to “Maintenance for” and to “Perfect French Manicure
for:” – Both have PDF files which you can save to your computer and
print out as needed.
Tammy wears acrylics: Tammy Taylor has
been wearing her acrylic nails since 1981, and when she soaks them off
to apply a New Set, the natural nails feel a little soft for awhile, but
they are still as strong as when she first started wearing acrylics.
Flip Down & Curve Away fingernails
fingernail that "curls"
away from underneath the free-edge
HOW TO CORRECT
If the natural fingernail flips up, curves down, or
does anything funny, clip it off.
|Clip it off
||Clip it off
||Clip it off
You will also need to use the drill (also see
"Peeling away...") every other fill-in to clean away the natural fingernail as
it starts to pull away
or curl away from the acrylic
underneath the free-edge.
Cuticle Area Lifting - WHY?
of an inch
- When the "natural
fingernail" was "Etched",
the cuticle skin was also
- The fresh fingernail
that is now exposed, where the cuticle skin was,
is still moist because it has
not yet been exposed to the air.
(Note: It will take a
day or two for this area of the fingernail to dry and become a firm
- Acrylic will not
adhere (stick) to
this moist area of the fingernail, even
though this area of the fingernail was Etched properly.
- Also note
Do Not leave the acrylic too
thick, at the edge, near the cuticle area. When the
acrylic is too thick around the edge, the acrylic will not flex and
will lift. On Step 9, when
filing the Cuticle & Contour area: File
acrylic smooth to the natural fingernail, leaving a
little "road" between the
cuticle skin and the acrylic. Best file for Cuticle area:
Long-Lasting Zebra 180-grit.
- Solution: Do not
place the acrylic on this moist area of the fingernail. Stay
away from the cuticle skin at least 1/32 of an inch (about the thickness of 2-3 business cards.
- Please take note
that on Tammy's "12 Step for
Sculptured Nails Application", on
Step 8, Ball #3, the words are
STAY AWAY from CUTICLE 1/32 of an inch".
And whenever Tammy does a presentation, she always stresses staying
away from the cuticle skin with the acrylic.
printed on Tammy's "Practice Sheet",
on the picture showing the #3 Ball,
b. apply like
nail polish leaving 1/32” space around
Again the 1/32" inch spacing is
- Also see notes on the
Stone on this page, for more about lifting.
- And see Problem Nails
One, in Nail FAQ's by Topic.
Note for comparisons, about
"Staying away from the Cuticle":
is critical; at least 1/32 of an inch (0.8 mm, almost 1 mm), about
the thickness of 3 business cards, or the thickness of a man’s
to keep in mind:
remember that the fingernail plate that was exposed when
the fingernail was etched is moist
(new) fingernail, and this moist area of
this newly exposed fingernail needs to be exposed for at least 2-3
days before it will be dry enough to apply an acrylic nail. When
the Client comes back for a fill; the previously
exposed nail is now dry
& ready for acrylic;
but the newly exposed fingernail that was
just etched for the fill, again needs 2-3 days to dry out.
ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS
stay away from the Cuticle Skin 1/32 (0.03125) of an inch or 1
mm, or the thickness of 2-3 business cards.
Cuticle notes 1: Product
too close to cuticle (acrylic must stay away
from cuticle skin at least
1/32" of an inch) (1/32" of an inch is about the thickness of
2-3 business cards).
Cuticle notes 2: Product
too thick at cuticle -
You must not be able to feel a
bump at the cuticle area with your own fingernail.
When the acrylic product is too thick near the cuticle skin; the acrylic
will not be flexible and will not bend as the natural fingernail bends.
When the acrylic will not bend or flex, it will have a tendency to lift.
acrylic nails, the Technician
applying the acrylic
MUST Stay Away from the Cuticle Skin,
at least 1/32" of an inch (about the thickness of 2-3 business cards).
||* Improper Etching.
If the natural nail is not properly etched, the acrylic cannot adhere to the nail.
This causes 75% of all lifting.
The 100-grit Purple Terminator file is the best for etching.
Etch only the way the nail grows – from the cuticle to the free-edge, until there is no shine on the nail-plate.
Etching will create little "hills and valleys" in the natural nail, which the product will flow into.
Acrylic cannot stick to skin, so to further ensure no lifting, use the
Pterygium Stone to push back excess cuticle
& skin that has grown onto the nail-plate.
Scrub the Pterygium Stone with your plastic manicure brush and
Anti-Bacterial Soft Soak. Then submerge in your First
Choice solution or spray the Stone
the Pterygium Stone finally gets dull
& smooth, it would
be a good time to replace with a new one.
Eliminate 99.9% of lifting caused by excessive cuticle on nail-plate by using the Pterygium Stone.
This stone removes cuticle even in hard to get
areas around the cuticle grove.
No more deformities of the natural nail caused by sharp edged cuticle pushers.
Making the Pterygium Stone last
& "Breaking" the Stone:
If the Pterygium Stone is dropped on a hard
surface, it will probably break in two. The
Stone is still good, but it will be a little
shorter. Actually, you will now have two
If you break off a little of the tip area,
you can have a fresh "like new" Pterygium Stone.
Cuticle Skin Clipping! or Cutting!
Do not cut the "cuticle skin" unless it is standing
up, and waving at you! Tammy never recommends cutting the cuticle
skin, when it does not need to be cut!
off bags: Tammy Taylor Nails no
longer handles soak off bags.
may want to try a name brand "heavy duty" plastic storage bag. For
plastic bag information you may want to contact your local janitorial
supply store, or a plastic bag manufacture, for recommendations on a
proper plastic bag that can withstand acetone.
The “Ziploc” brand of freezer bags seem to be the
strongest, and they are available in most Food Markets. The
“gallon” size seems to be the best size.