How to Prep Nails for Acrylic or Gel Application – Salon Style

Hi everybody I’m Kristy Meakin from Naio
Nails. In this video I am going to show you what it’s like
in real life when a client comes into you with their nails. We are going to start from scratch. I am going to show you how I prep their nails. Are you ready? [background music] So, here we have, I am not going to say her name. I don’t want to embarrass her But I love her very dearly And this is how many, many come into the salon. They come to you because they want their nails
to look beautiful and clearly their nails don’t look beautiful or else they wouldn’t
be coming to you would they. So they come in So, here we have some nails a little bit higglydy piggldy and a little bit messy, and then we’ve got a little bit of cuticle damage going on. Because this client likes to eat her skin I thing that’s called, erm, Cannibalism I am prone to it as well, myself. Adam: Is it cannibalism when you eat your self? Kirsty: Oh I don’t know, Adam: It’s cannibalism when you eat other humans, but is it cannibalism when you eat yourself? Kirsty: Self-harming Adam: Definitely that Kirsty: So, what I am going to do is clean these up a
bit. And I am going to clean up with some Meltblown Wipes,
and then I’ve got some Gel Residue Wipe Off Solution So, before I do anything I am going to wipe
over the nails because they might have a bit of grubbiness on them we just need to get off and I want to have a good look at them. Now, what I am going to do is some cuticle
work before I do anything. I am going to push back the cuticles. We are going to dry push them because if we
use any solutions, like if we use cuticle oil, then we are going to put cuticle oil
into the nail and that will stop the nails from staying on, the nail extensions that
is not the real nail. So, I am going to ease back those cuticles. We can see some of the non-living tissue still
stays attached to the nail. But we will deal with that in a minute Adam: Do you say non living because it sounds less threatening than DEAD TISSUE Kirsty: Because you should never take away the living
tissue. Adam: Yeah, but dead and non-living are the same things right? Kristy: Maybe, I don’t know. I just say it, I haven’t got a clue Adam: What would you do if a zombie came in? Kirsty: I’d run really fast. Obviously, I need to be a little bit careful
here where she has had a bit of a nibble we can use the other end of the cuticle pusher which will
scrape off any non-living tissue. Now, in the salon what I would do is just give
that a little scrape around and I would remove most of that with a hand file or a cuticle
bit on my e-file. So, I’ll show you the difference. I can’t really go on that with my hand file
because that would hurt her and I don’t want to do that. because i love you so dearly So, I’ll show you how we can do it quickly salon style, but
we will have to take extra care with this finger. So, you are going to take your file and you’re
going to go right into those folds here. And as you file and prepping, you are only
skipping across it, we are not being quite abrasive. We are just taking off that shine and we are
removing that non-living tissue at the same time. Now I can we still have a little bit of acrylic
still on this nail. So, we are going to get rid of that. Just softly buffing that off. Because there is only a little smidge of it
there. While I am there I am going to do
the free edge. That one is all prepared, same with the one. See that non-living tissue. Get rid of that, that is the first thing I
want to do then I am going to pull the file down the length of the nail. There really isn’t much of a free edge on
that one, so I’m not going to really do anything to that I am going to come back to this one. Same with this one. Get right into those grooves and then skip
over the nail. And tidy the free edge. Same with this one. Just get right into those folds, skip over
the nail. Tidy the free edge. Now with this one what I can do I can do the
free edge already. It is not going to cause any harm. What I will do I will use a cuticle bit which is usually a round one or I have this one as well which is like a flattened off cone. I think I am going to use the flattened off cone. I feel like I will get a little bit close but
I won’t cause any pain. I am going to put that on no higher than 10
and just going to move it around very gently. Removing that non-living tissue away from
that natural nail. Because if we leave that non-living tissue
on the nail, when we put the acrylic on it will just want to pop off. [e-file in background] All done. So, we don’t need to go around that cuticle
with our file now, all we need to do is skip across that natural nail to take of the shine
to make sure there is no acrylic left on there from a set that she has had on there before. And we are done. I am going to dust over. And then I going to wipe over with Gel Residue
Wipe Off Solution to clean that nail plate And they are now ready for acrylic application. I hope you have enjoyed this video. I hope it has helped improve you to how you
prep a nail. It’s really important. I do get a lot of messages saying, “why
does my nail fall off, and why I have done this set of nails They are so fantastic but they fell off.” Most of it is down to your prep. So, I hope that this helps you improve your
prep. In another video we will show you how I sculpt
out a salon style and length nail. Don’t forget to check that out. Also, don’t for get to check us out on Facebook
and Instagram and all of that. And I will see you guys in the next video. Bye, bye. [music]

100 thoughts on “How to Prep Nails for Acrylic or Gel Application – Salon Style

  1. Question I have for ya, why my gel peel off my acrylic nails!? I dust and clean them off with rubbing alcohol. Use salon gel, cure for correct time and yet always always always they peel!

  2. Thank you so much I really needed this video it gives me a better idea with using the E-file and as a new nail tech student how I should be doing things the correct way.

  3. Hi Kirsty! Could you show how you did your nail designs out have on now? Particularly the large gems and how you would get then to stay on? Thank you so much for all the help! X

  4. do you do nails or do you just teach? cause i see that you’re based in stoke but i can’t find anyone who actually does decent nails here 🙁

  5. IMPORTANT QUESTION: whenever i get acryllic nails in square or coffin shape they always curve and turn sqaoval and round. i use my hands a lot between home and work so my nails get banged up a bit. I've never had hard gel application or nails sculpted without a tip glued on. would gel nails or sculpted nails make a difference or will nails always curve overtime no matter what?

  6. I wish you were in the US near me because I would love to get my nails done by you. Kirsty, you're the best of the best in nail artists.

  7. Hi kirsty Love you all the way from the Philippines. <3 Please do a video on how to properly apply acrylic on side walls.. <3

  8. Dermatophagia (from Ancient Greek δέρμα – skin – and φαγεία – eating) is a compulsion of gnawing or eating one's own skin, most commonly at the fingers. Sufferers typically bite the skin around the nails, leading to bleeding and discoloration over time. Some may consume the flesh during an episode

  9. Thank you for the great lessons Kirsty,you are the best nail artist ever! I've been in the cosmetology biz for almost 2 decades in Denver Colorado and I've never seen anybody as good in person or on the internet!

  10. Hi love your work. I’m thinking of getting naio acrylic and starting fresh. How long do they last do clients come back for infills? It looked like this client had acrylic on her nails?

  11. I have a thyroid issue, and my natural nails are thin (not paper thin, but they just don't feel tough enough like others. I also rather no attempt to open a soda can, cause my nails are too weak). My thin nails have stopped me from getting acrylics. Every Solon I go to, the ladies always shave/file down my poor nails down with the efile thing, and even if I ask to not shave them too much (language barrier doesn't help much) I always get the same outcome, to where I feel the warmth of the file bit getting too close down (I'm always sweating bullets, cause I'm so nervous they might accident get too far into my nails). Then they place the glue on my nails, then they place the face acrylic nail. Then a top layer of acrylic pink powder. Hmm. I've never seen any body do nails so nicely, professionally and artistically like Naio nails here, with just acrylic powder and not shave down the nail. Really wish she lived close by. 😅 So I never get my nails done. 😭

  12. Thank you guys! Kristy and everyone involved! I have been watching countless videos to be able to apply nails for myself and close friends. I became fascinated with making nails after I saw what you can do with them. Your time is greatly appreciated. I have loved learning with your videos. Thank you.

  13. I thank god I came across your videos because I want to learn how to do nails soo yup can't wait to give a thumbs up to every single one i watch.. thank you so so much for sharing !!

  14. Hello Kirsty …I really luv your work…I've learned so much watching your videos…1 question tho..whts the best wattage lamp for curing gels or does it not matter

  15. Dead and nonliving could possibly be synonyms but they do NOT mean the same thing. Dead means that an organism was alive at one point nut no longer is. Nonliving an an object that was NEVER alive. Like a vase. You wouldnt say that a vase was dead because it was never alive before.

  16. Can you do a video on damaged nails from acrylic, someone messed up my nail bed I have two deep lines across the nail and a big bump

  17. I want to get acrylics for the first but I hate how most nail salons use clippers for the cuticles. Idk why but I hate it. It grossed me out

  18. Thanks Kirsty,
    I'm studying distance learning Nail Technology and find everything easy but i always check up with my clients that i do not charge and they have mostly said a few of their nails have come off after a days or a week.
    I feel really disheartened by it because I'm doing what im taught but watching and hearing you say don't use cutticle remover oil as the acrylic or gel wont stick to it.
    I think i just found my problem.
    Your a genius, i love your work, your very FIERCE 😍😍😚.

  19. Is getting acrylics supposed to hurt bc I got them done last time and it hurt sooo bad and my fingers were sore and bleeding?

  20. What would you recommend as a good starter kit for beginners doing hard gel nails at home? I just want to test this out to see if this is really something I’d want to work with! Thanks!

    Also, love all your videos, just found you like 5 days ago and I’ve already watched so many!👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  21. Is it advisable to dip the hand in water before applying gel..some clients insist on washing their nails first

  22. Would you say that gel damages your nails and makes them thin? I do gel but have noticed that my nails are thinner and more flexible than before… i am assuming i over buff,

  23. When you remove the gel/acrylic and do a new set, do you buff the whole nail or just the cuticle area?

  24. Dermatophagia and Excoriation. I've done this for over 40 years and my cuticles look like that. Thanks for showing how to work around and with it!

  25. Nie lepiej ci było ubrać rękawiczki? Mnie akurat brzydzi jeżeli chodzi o takie rzeczy. Widzieć czyjś naskurek nie zadbany albo kawałki spilowanego oraz pyłek paznokcia… Ohh pozdrawiam cieplutko #2018

  26. I was having a slow day until I came here & he asked if it was cannibalism if you are eating yourself ? I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. 😜🤣

  27. Every time I get my nails done, they’re done badly and I end up having to fix em myself so I’m trying to teach myself how to do my own. Your videos are amazing for thag

  28. The client has the same hand freckles as kirsty 🤷🏻‍♀️ possibly mom or someone close in her gene pool 🧬

  29. Kirsty, can we use alcohol in place of the gel residue solution? Also what size grit is the file that you used for buffing?

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