Nail Prep / Dehydrator

Prior to applying any overlay, whether it be acrylic, gel or gel polish you should always apply a nail prep.

How to use Nail Prep aka Dehydrator
Gently buff over the natural nail using a white block to remover the natural nails shine this is known as "keying the surface", brush away any excess dust using a manicure cleaning brush.

Brush a drop of the Nail Prep on the surface of the nail.  The nail should turn a cloudy white appearance this is a good indicator that the nail is completely prepped.  If any patches of the natural nail don't turn cloudy this would mean either that the nail was not sufficiently buffed in those areas or it requires another application of nail prep, try repeating these steps until cloudy. Nail Prep can be safely used as many times as required during the process. 

Not using a Primer

The acrylic or gel should be applied as soon after the Nail Prep "clouding" has occurred as possible i.e. within a minute or so.

Using a Primer

If you are using Nail Primer it should be applied as soon after the Nail Prep "clouding" has occurred as possible i.e. within a minute or so. You may find it helpful to apply a coat of nail prep to an individual nail about 30 second prior to applying the Primer.  Allow around 30 second more then continue with the application of acrylic or gel

Why should I prep the nail?
Prepping the nail ensures that the surface of the natural nail is free of oil, moisture and contaminants.  Not prepping the nail will certainly result in nails lifting or "popping off" within days of application and would leave the client at risk of nail infections.