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Nail dipping – how to stop your brushes from hardening

Nail dipping – how to stop your brushes from hardening


You’re working away, everything is going great when all of a sudden your brush becomes hard and unusable.

Or even worse, you open the bottle and your entire product has dried up! (Usually the top coat)

This is a common problem when you are starting out with nail dipping.

If this has happened more than once you might be tempted to give up on dipping nails as is getting too expensive having to constantly replace your topcoat!

Don’t give up!

This is a problem that’s easily prevented.

Firstly, your Activator is essential to your nails drying but it must never come in contact with your top gel.


But I am supposed to put Activator on before Shine, you ask?

Yes, correct. But it is essential that your Activator is dry before applying your Top coat (Shine)

The tiniest amount of Activator in contact with your top brush will cause it to harden or go gluggy.

The following applies to all nail dipping systems:

How to avoid your dipping nail top gel brush hardening:

  1. Finish filing and buffing the nails.
  2. If your client washes her hands, ensure the nails are 100% dry before proceeding – If there is any moisture on the nails it will dilute and contaminate your Activator.
  3. Apply a generous amount of Activator to the entire nail on all 10 nails.
  4. Wait 40-60 seconds.
  5. Optional step: Wipe over the nails with a lint free square to ensure the nails are completely dry. As you get more experienced in judging when the nails are dry you probably won’t need to do this.
  6. Apply a thin coat of top gel.
  7. Apply another coat of top gel
  8. Wait 1-2 minutes and the nails should be completely dry and your brush should be as good as new!

Still having problems?

Contact me via Facebook or email – I am only too happy to help!

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  1. Hannah - March 14, 2019 Reply

    Help! My top gel is fine, it’s my base gel coat brush that keeps getting hard and gloopy! How can I stop and prevent this from happening??

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