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Why Does My Nail Hurt After a Set of Acrylics? 5 Reasons

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Why Does My Nail Hurt After a Set of Acrylics? 5 Reasons


Why Does My Nail Hurt After a Set of Acrylics? 5 Reasons


As a nail technician, you know that the health and well-being of your clients is of the utmost importance. Thats why it can be so disheartening when a client comes in complaining that their nail hurts after a set of acrylics.

There are a variety of reasons why your client may be feeling pain in their nail, and each comes with its own set of solutions. We’ll explore each of these causes in-depth and explain how to prevent and address the pain.

1. Overfiling

A common mistake when filing the nail before application is to file too aggressively. This can cause the nail to become thin and sensitive, resulting in pain. To prevent this, use a light hand when filing and be sure to use a fine-grit file. 

2. Dehydration

Acrylic nails require dehydrating the natural nail plate before application. If the nail is not thoroughly dehydrated, the acrylic won’t adhere properly and may cause the nail to lift. This lifting can create a space between the natural nail and the acrylic, which can cause pain. To prevent this, make sure to use a dehydrator before application, and carefully follow the instructions.

3. Improper Application

If the acrylic is not properly applied, it can cause pain. Make sure to use the correct amount of product, and apply it in thin layers. Also, be sure to use the proper curing technique to ensure the product adheres properly.

4. Allergies

Some clients may be allergic to the products used to create the acrylic nails. If the client is feeling pain, ask if they’ve experienced any allergic reactions in the past. If so, switch to a product that’s less likely to cause an allergic reaction.

5. Poorly Maintained Nails

If the acrylics are not properly maintained, it can lead to pain. Be sure to instruct your clients on proper home care, such as avoiding acetone-based nail polish removers and wearing gloves when washing dishes.


Even though it can be disheartening to hear that a client is experiencing pain after a set of acrylics, the good news is that the pain can usually be avoided. By following the tips above and ensuring proper hydration, filing, application and home care, you can help your client avoid the pain and enjoy their new set of acrylics.

By Alejandro Flores

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