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Combating Common Gel Polish Problems: Expert Tips for Nail Technicians

Combating Common Gel Polish Problems: Expert Tips for Nail Technicians

Gel polish has revolutionised the nail industry, offering durability and a glossy finish that traditional polishes simply can't match. However, even the best nail technicians can encounter pesky problems like bubbling, lifting, and chipping. Understanding these issues and how to prevent them can make all the difference in delivering flawless manicures to your clients. In this piece, we dive into the common problems with gel polish and share some tips on how to combat them.

The Annoying Bubble Trouble

One of the most frustrating issues with gel polish is bubbling. These tiny imperfections can ruin an otherwise perfect manicure. Bubbling usually occurs due to improper application techniques or environmental factors, and usually when the gel polish has not been applied by a professional.  Applying gel polish too thickly or not allowing each layer to cure properly can trap air, leading to bubbles. Additionally, working in a hot or humid environment can exacerbate this problem.

To avoid bubbling, apply thin, even coats of gel polish and allow sufficient curing time under a UV or LED lamp. It might be tempting to rush, but patience pays off in the form of a smooth, bubble-free finish. If you're working in a warm environment, consider adjusting the room temperature or using a fan to maintain a stable climate.

For more detailed tips on applying gel polish perfectly, check out our guide here.

Lifting: The Unwanted Lift-Off

Lifting is another common issue where the gel polish separates from the nail plate, usually starting at the edges. This not only looks unsightly but also shortens the lifespan of the manicure. The lifting often results from improper nail prep, such as insufficient cleaning or failure to remove all the natural oils from the nail surface.

To combat lifting, make sure to thoroughly cleanse the nails and dehydrate them using a nail prep solution before applying the gel polish. Using a high-quality base coat that bonds well with both the natural nail and the gel polish is also crucial. Additionally, remind your clients to avoid activities that may stress their nails immediately after their manicures - remember nails are jewels and not tools. 

Explore more about maintaining long-lasting gel nails in our article on stopping gel nails from lifting.

Chipping: Keeping the Gel Intact

Despite gel polish's reputation for durability, chipping can still occur, particularly if the polish is applied too thinly or if the nails are exposed to harsh conditions. Chipping is often seen when clients use their nails as tools or expose them to strong chemicals without proper protection.

Prevent chipping by applying the gel polish in the recommended number of layers (and if you need any tips from an award-winning team, check out our gel polish course here). This ensures the polish is thick enough to withstand daily wear and tear. Additionally, encourage your clients to wear gloves when doing household chores or working with chemicals.

For an in-depth look at why gel polish might chip and how to prevent it, you can visit our comprehensive guide here.

Final Thoughts

By addressing these common gel polish problems, you can enhance the quality of your services and ensure your clients leave with beautiful, long-lasting manicures. Remember, each client is unique, and sometimes it might take a bit of troubleshooting to find the perfect solution. Investing time in perfecting your technique and understanding the nuances of gel polish application will pay off in satisfied clients and repeat business. Are you interested in mastering your gel polish game? Explore our range of professional nail courses designed to elevate your skills and keep you ahead in the nail industry.