Fill line troubles

Celebrity Q and A'sI am having problems with the fill lines when my clients come back for there 3 or 4 fill...what am I doing wrong. I try to get the nail tip as flush with the natural nail as much as possible but it still leaves a line that you can see. When I do a new set of nails I don't have this problem can you please give me some advice. Also how often should you put a new set on. 

This is a commonly asked question which can happen no matter what product you are using. Localized discoloration (such as a yellow rebalance line) can happen with any liquid & powder system which requires the use of a primer. Most primers contain methacylic acid. If wet primer is applied to old product, it can cause discoloration. So, if you apply wet primer to the product during a rebalance, you will often see a yellow line between the old and new product.

The solution- avoid putting primer on anything other than the natural nail. Keep it off the old product during a rebalance. It isn't needed, except to prime the natural nail plate.

The same thing can occur if fresh product is applied on top of wet primer. Never do this! It is a leading cause of product discoloration. This will discolor the any product that is put over the wet primer. Always allow primer to dry before product application. The "wet primer" technique is old fashioned and completely unnecessary. In the old days, products had lower adhesion. New technology products don't require double or triple priming, putting product on wet primer or roughing up the nail. With proper prep, the use of primer can be minimized or even eliminated. I suspect that if you are careful with the primer, your "yellow lines" will disappear.

How often should you put on a new set? Only when absolutely necessary. Removing and replacing product is the most "potentially" damaging step. If the product is not old, discolored and/or crumbling- don't replace it! If it is... find out why. Modern artificial nail products should hold up for the entire 14-16 weeks they take to grow off the end of the nail. If your nails don't last that long without service breakdown, something is causing this to happen or the product isn't properly formulated. Things to look at which can cause these problems are; improper ratio of liquid to powder (too wet is usually the problem), incorrect application and/or prep, client's cleaning products and sunscreens. All of these can cause artificial nails to breakdown.

I hope this information was useful.

Doug Schoon
Director of Research and Development
Creative Nail Design, Inc.

As to the lines in your nails - you need to blend in the fill lines a bit more - probably being caused because your clients are not returning often enough.  The black dots are most probably bits of filings - so use a clean table towel to wipe your brush when doing a fill and you won't get that problem.

Jilly Jones

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