When you first start preparing your nails you use Nail Prep
Spray, which not only sanitises your nails but also dehydrates them
a little. This is an important step. Some people however might need
a little more help to dehydrate their nails. This might be because
your have particularly oily nail beds, have your hands regularly in
water (from swimming, washing dishes etc), or it could just be a
temporary change like pregnancy that is effecting how well your
nails stay on. You have a couple of options if this is the case. You
can use a stronger nail primer, like those that are used for acrylic
nails, or you can use IBD Dehydrate. IBD Dehydrate is a quick and
effective product which is simply brushed on 3 to 4 seconds before
you apply your Bonder. It doesn't need to be cured.
Avoid washing your hands during the whole application
process. You need to keep your nails completely dry.
Ensure that after applying the gel you run around the nail
edge with a Cuticle Pusher, or any other object with a pointed end
like a tooth pick, to ensure that the gel hasn't run onto the skin.
Confine your application to the nail plate only. Gel cured on your
cuticles or surrounding skin will cause lifting.
Don't apply the gel too thinly at the edge of the nail. (see
handy hint on 'Nails Cracking')
Make sure you use a top coat and cap the end and edges of the
nail. This will help prevent moisture seeping between the natural
nail and gel layer.
If you are applying gel polish you must use a topcoat. (see
handy hint on 'Coloured Gel Polish is peeling')
Use gloves when washing up and house cleaning.
Gel Nails Cracking
If your nails are cracking it is probably because you have not
applied the gel thickly enough, particularly on the sidewalls. If you
have applied the gel too thinly you can reinforce it by applying a
string of Clear or Builder Gel. This is done in the same way that you
would reinforce Builder Gel at the join for french tips. You dip the
tip of your brush into the gel pot and lift if vertically upwards.
You should then be left with a floating string of gel. Place this
string of gel on the thin or stressed area (without touching the
actual brush to your nail) and then allow it to self-level. Now
immediatly cure the nail to prevent the gel running onto your skin.
If it has, run around the nail edge with a Cuticle Pusher, or any
other object with a pointed end like a tooth pick before curing.
NB# If you have been using Clear Gel try using Clear Builder Gel
instead as it has extra strength and will be easier to achieve