It is not the mistakes that your manicure may be making the first thing you think of when you run to the salon to have an afternoon of relaxation and pampering. Many of us love the way our hands look with professional manicures. Whether long, with a thousand decorations, shiny and nailart or simpler with capping and color, sculpted nails can be an accessory.

The truth is that beyond the work of your trusted sculptor technician, the care and attention of sculpted nails is a little more special than what is needed to take care of our natural nails. But sometimes it can happen that they come off prematurely, moisture leaks out or even split despite having taken care of them 100%. This can be dangerous to our health, since moisture leaks can cause fungus and breaking a nail can seriously injure ourselves.


This is how you take care of sculpted nails at home.

Mistakes that your manicure may be making

If you are a fan of caring for your sculpted nails, you go to the service on time, you treat them like jewels and even then they split or come off, something may be wrong with your manicure work. In this article I am going to tell you the 5 most common mistakes your manicure may be making.

1.- Nail Preparation

The correct preparation of the nail before starting to sculpt is as important or even more than the sculpting technique itself.

This is the key to guarantee a correct adhesion of the product on the nail. The cuticles must be correctly embossed and the skin that forms on the nail (eponychium) must be completely removed. In addition, it is necessary to get rid of the shine of the nail with a soft file, remove all the dust with a brush and dehydrate the nail bed to remove all the natural oils.

This must be done very carefully to avoid hurting the client, since if the technician files too much or hurts the cuticles this can lead to infections or loss of thickness of the nail that is very painful, beyond the high probability of leaks of moisture or total detachment.

2.- Correct placement of tips or molds

Depending on the technique you use your manicure, you will use acrylic tips or molds to give your nail the desired length. The way in which these are placed before proceeding to sculpt, both with gel and acrylic, is of utmost importance for the structure of the nail. 

In the case of tips, you must choose the right size for each nail, without being bigger or smaller than this one. In case of not having a perfect fit, the tip should be filed or cut until it is perfectly molded to the shape of your nail.

The angle at which it sticks to the free edge of the nail is also important and that too much glue is not used for this.

In the case of molds, the fit must be perfect as well, without leaving gaps or spaces without touching the nail. This is because the construction material can leak there. To avoid this, you can make small cuts, shape with scissors the part of the mold that is touching the natural nail and the finger.


Don't forget to take care of your natural nails too!

3.- Sculpture Material Thickness

The thickness of the sculpting, especially in the part where the nail is most stressed, is of utmost importance to prevent it from splitting.

The structure of the sculpted nail must be exact, as if it is made too fine, it will most likely break. But if it is very thick, aesthetically it does not look good at all.

That is why the sculpting technician must be very clear about the notions of structure, since it is not correct that the nail has a constant thickness.

4.- Correct sealing of cuticles and outer edges

Both for the duration of color in the enamel, and to avoid leaks, it is of utmost importance that your manicure makes a correct seal on the cuticles and free edge of the nail.

The cuticle should not touch the skin, but neither should part of the nail be exposed, since all this implies the risk of moisture seepage. If a lot of nail is left uncovered, without product, part of the structure is also lost.

On the other hand, the sealing of the tips allows that the water does not enter there, being able to develop fungi by retained humidity. In this way, in addition, the manicure work lasts longer and suffers less deterioration, allowing the service to be reached with the structure intact.

5.- Quality of the products used

The quality of the products does not always ensure that the sculpted nails last the corresponding time (between 15 and 25 days, depending on your growth). This, in fact, also depends on the skill of your sculptor technician.

But naturally, better quality products make long lasting nail work more feasible.

It is also super important, for your health, that the products are approved by the regulatory body for medicines, medical technology and food in your country (ANMAT in Argentina, COFEPRIS in Mexico, etc.)

If you feel that your manicure may be failing in any of these points, I recommend that you try another professional.

Always find out where you are going first, and that the sculpting technicians have proper training certification.

If you have changed technicians and your sculpted, capping or semi-permanent enameled nails still continue to have detachments, I recommend that you see a dermatologist or even have health checks. It may seem unlikely, but many times, the fact that the products on the nails do not last the minimum time can be an indicator of hormonal problems, thyroid or diabetes.

Lonny Vein

Lonny Vein

Tattoo artist with more than 10 years of experience, versatile plastic artist and lover of the world of aesthetics. She has a unique style that reflects in each of her works. Vegan and animal protectionist.

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