Nail Prep - Dehydrator / Bonder
Nail Prep also known as nail dehydrator or ph bonder. It is applied to nails to remove moisture and oil from the nail plate.
When oil or moisture is on the nail plate it can prevent nail products such as nail polish, acrylic, or gel from bonding properly to the nails.
Always apply the nail dehydrator first and then the nail primer or a base coat.
Nail dehydrator is applied after prepping your cuticles and filing and cleaning your nails.
How to Use Dehydrators:
- Firstly, you need to prep your nails by pushing back your cuticles.
- And then gently file your nails with a medium grit nail file to remove the sheen.
- Next, clean your nails with a cotton pad soaked in acetone or rubbing alcohol.
- Now you can apply a coat of the nail dehydrator and wait 10 seconds for it to dry.
- Then apply a coat of nail primer if needed or a base coat.
- Finally, apply your nail product as you usually would.
Ingredients: Polyacrylate-22, 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate, Cellulose acetate butyrate, 2-Propenenitrile, products 1,3 propanediol salts, Ethyl Trimethylbenzoyl Phenylphosphinate, Dimethicone
1. Prepare the Natural Nails:
- Start by shaping the natural nails using a nail file.
- Gently push back the cuticles using a cuticle pusher.
- Use a nail dehydrator to remove any oils or residue from the nail surface.
2. Apply a thin layer of In.Hype Elastic base coat and cure it under the lamp. This can improve adhesion.
3. Apply Nail Tips (if using):
4. Apply a Thin Layer of Builder Gel:
- Dip the UV gel brush into the builder gel and pick up a small bead of gel.
- Apply this bead to the nail surface, starting near the cuticle area and gently brushing it toward the free edge.
- Be careful not to touch the skin or cuticles.
5. Cure Under the UV or LED Lamp:
- Place the hand with the freshly applied gel into the lamp.
- Cure the gel according to the manufacturer's instructions. Typically, this is around 2-3 minutes for UV lamps and 30-60 seconds for LED lamps.
- Ensure that the gel is fully cured, as under-curing can lead to peeling or lifting.
6. Apply Top Coat and Cure:
Nail Prep - Dehydrator / Bonder
Why the Gel is too thick?
At lower temperatures, UV builder gel may become thicker and more difficult to work with.
Warming UV builder gel in warm water is a common practice to restore its original viscosity. Placing the gel container in warm water for a short period can help soften it, making it easier to apply and manipulate during the nail extension or enhancement process. This allows for smoother and more precise application, ensuring that the gel adheres well to the natural nail and cures properly under UV or LED lamps.
Whe does the Gel peel off?
UV builder gel can peel for several reasons, and understanding these factors can help prevent this frustrating issue:
- Improper Nail Preparation: One of the most common reasons for UV builder gel peeling is inadequate nail preparation. If the natural nail is not properly cleaned, dehydrated, and free from oils or residue, the gel may not adhere well, leading to peeling.
- Incompatibility: Using products from different brands or systems that are not designed to work together can lead to adhesion issues and eventual peeling.
- Application Errors: Applying the gel too thickly, unevenly, or without proper curing under a UV or LED lamp can result in peeling. It's crucial to follow the manufacturer's instructions for application and curing times.
- Nail Flexibility: The natural nail has some degree of flexibility, and if the UV builder gel is too rigid or thick, it may not move with the natural nail, leading to peeling.
- Nail Contour and Length: UV builder gel is designed for nail enhancements, and if the length or shape of the nail is too extreme, it can put extra stress on the gel, causing it to lift or peel.
- Nail Trauma: Any significant impact or trauma to the nail, such as banging it against hard surfaces, can cause the gel to lift or peel.