Are you ready to dive into the world of fabulous nails? From glamorous length extensions to breathtaking manicures, there’s no doubt that nails  have revolutionised the way we express our personal style. Today, we’re here to unravel the mystery behind a common concern – why does lifting occur? But don’t worry, we’ve got your back! So let’s get started on this exciting journey towards flawless nails!

Understanding why lifting occurs is crucial. Lifting is a term commonly used to describe the separation of the nail enhancement material from the natural nail bed. It can be caused by several factors, but fret not! By being mindful, taking proper care, and understanding why this happens, you can easily minimise lifting and extend the life of your fabulous nail enhancements.


One primary reason for lifting is inadequate nail preparation. Always ensure that your nails are clean, oil-free, and free from any nail polish residue. Proper preparation includes gently pushing back the cuticles, removing dead skin, and gently buffing the nail surface with a180 grit file/buffer to create a smooth, shine free canvas for product application. Depending on the system you use, you may also need pH bonder, gel primer and base coat as well to unsure long lasting nails.


Finding the right balance is key! Applying too much product can result in a chunky unbalanced nail, causing lifting or the product not curing all the way. On the other hand, applying too little product may lead to weak adhesion. Nail enhancements are an art that requires practice, so finding the perfect amount will come with experience and trial-and-error. We recommend starting with less and if you need adding more after. 


Extended contact with water, like frequent hand washing, swimming, or exposure to steam, can weaken the bond between the nail enhancement and the natural nail. Nails are long sponges and will observe water and expand and then go back to the original size. These movement, will loosen the gel products and cause lifting. Be mindful of activities that may expose them to harsh chemicals and try to wear gloves where possible. This can cause lifting, peeling, or bubbling.


It is important to ensure that you choose the right type of enhancement for your nail type. With a myriad of options available, it’s no wonder many of us find ourselves overwhelmed and unsure of which nail service to choose. It is crucial to comprehend the suitable product for various types of services. While no single product can cater to all requirements, there exists a diverse range of products that can meet every need. 

Gel Polish Manicure: A Burst of Long-Lasting Colour:

For those who adore flaunting vibrant nails that defy time, a gel polish manicure is undoubtedly the best-suited choice! Boasting a vast range of captivating shades, gel polishes offer intense colour payoff that shines brightly for weeks. The glossy finish gives your nails a polished look that will turn heads wherever you go. Plus, the chip-resistant property of gel polish ensures flawless nails, even through the busiest of days. With this manicure, prepare to spoil yourself with chip-free, low-maintenance glamour – all while expressing your inner fashionista!

Our Mitty gel polish is a 5 step system, including Ph Bonder, Primer, Base Coat, a colour gel polish, and Top Coat.

Pro tip: To stop lifting from the tip, use Mitty Bounce Base after your base coat, before the colour.  

Builder Gel: The Strong Foundation for Chic Nails:

If you desire sturdy and stronger nails that work with your natural nails, then builder gel might just be your knight in shining armour! Perfect for those blessed with brittle, soft or thin nails that need extra care, builder gel creates a durable protective layer, preventing breakages and chips. Besides offering unmatched strength, this type of manicure can also help to correct imperfections such as ridges. Whether you prefer a classic or trendy design, builder gel accommodates all styles with ease, keeping your nails on point for weeks. So go on, embrace the power of builder gel and enjoy a flawlessly chic manicure! Mitty Builder Gel comes in clear and coloured, ranging from soft pink nudes perfect for everyone to soft pastel shades for a hint of colour.

Soft Gel Extensions: For the Ultimate Nail Makeover:

If you dream of flaunting envy-worthy nails with extended length and limitless creative possibilities, soft gel extensions are here to grant your wish! Made from a flexible gel material that covers your nail from cuticle to free edge, they allow for customised nail shapes and lengths that extend beyond your natural nails. Say goodbye to waiting for those much-anticipated nails to grow. Soft gel extensions provide an instant transformation, boosting your confidence and giving your fingertips a touch of elegance like never before. You can have short, bitten nails one moment and stunning, elongated beauties the next – the magic of soft gel extensions! And these babies can last for weeks!

Now that we’ve explored the best-suited manicures for different nail needs let’s quickly recap their distinct benefits:

Gel Polish Manicure:

- Last longer than normal manicure.

- Maintains a glossy finish for weeks.

- Resists chips to keep nails looking flawless.

 Builder Gel:

- Provides a strong, protective layer for brittle, weak nails.

- Corrects imperfections like ridges.

- Allows growing nails naturally without tips.

 Soft Gel Extensions:

- Allows for instant length and shape customisation.

- Amazing for nail bitter.

- Transforms short nails into elegant stunners.

Accidental hitting, banging, or scratching of the nails can chip or break the nail enhancement. Physical trauma weakens the product’s structure, making it prone to damage. Intense physical trauma can damage the natural nail even with the nail enhancement protecting it.

Proper nail maintenance is necessary to prevent lifting, peeling, or chipping. Failure to adhere to proper care, such as regular filing, wear and tear protection, and cuticle oil application, can lead to these issues.

Navigating the world of nail enhancements is an exhilarating journey! It allows you to express your creativity and style while boosting your confidence. However, understanding the reasons behind lifting is crucial to prolonging the life of these beautiful enhancements. By starting with proper preparation, mastering the application technique, and committing to a solid aftercare routine, you’ll unlock the secret to lifting-free nails! 

So embrace your inner nail artist, experiment with different styles, and don’t be afraid to rock those incredible nail enhancements. With a little knowledge and practice, you’ll be flaunting fabulous and flawless nails wherever you go! Happy enhancing, my nail-savvy friends!

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