Which Primer’s better? Acid Free or Acid Based

Is too much PRIMER causing lifting?

Using excessive primer can lead to nail lifting. It's crucial to apply primer sparingly because an excess amount may impede the base coat and polish from adhering properly to the nails. This could cause the product to shift towards the skin, resulting in lifting if it cures in that state.

To prevent lifting and ensure a strong bond between the nail product and the natural nail, correct nail preparation and application techniques are vital. A helpful tip is to wait 30 to 60 seconds for the primer to settle into the nail plate before applying the gel tips. This method can help prevent any lifting or popping issues.

Which primer’s better? Acid Free or Acid Based

Acid-Free Primer:

Can be used either before or after an acid primer.

Acts as a double-sided adhesive for gel and acrylic.

Retains stickiness.

Apply sparingly to maintain adhesive effectiveness.

Acid-free primer temporarily alters the pH of the natural nail, making it more compatible with the product's pH. This pH adjustment aids in product adhesion. The natural pH of the nail returns after about 20 minutes, reducing the primer's adhesive strength. If your application takes longer, prime one hand at a time.

Acid Primer:

Removes excess oils from the nail plate.

Dries to a chalky finish.

Ideal for clients with oily nail plates.

Traditional methacrylic acid primers were deemed corrosive, leading to the development of safer acid-based primers with improved adhesion. It's crucial to use the minimum amount required and prevent contact with the skin to avoid irritation.

How Much Primer to Use?

The need and quantity of primer depend on the product application, manufacturer's instructions, and the client's nail condition. Very oily nail beds and persistent lifting may require an additional coat. Avoid using primer as a cover-up for poor application. Gel polish, nail polish, silk, and fiberglass, dip services typically do not need primer. While L&P will adhere without primer, it won't hold well.

When using tips, apply primer sparingly to the natural nail and avoid the tips to prevent cracking. Regularly check primer clarity to ensure it remains uncontaminated for optimal performance.

Primers share similar ingredients with L&P and gel enhancements but have a distinct structure that enhances adhesive properties.

Content written by Jade Tang

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