Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Nail

Before attaching NailLift, make sure the white tip of your nail is about 2.5 mm long.
Please be sure the nail tip is straight across the width of the nail and the corners end in right angles like a square.
Remove any debris underneath or around the nail.

If your nails are too short or too rounded, click here for more detailed instructions.

Step 2: Hook the Clips on the Nail

Space the clips evenly along the length of the nail tip, leaving extra wire at each end. Pin the wire under one corner of the nail at ①. Then, push each clip on all the way in. Work from one end to the other in order of ②③④⑤. Leave a little room between clips ② and ⑤ and each edge of the nail.

Step 3: Trim the Wires

Make sure the wire is safely tucked under each corner of the nail. Then, with the sharp edge of the wire cutter facing up, carefully trim the wire slightly shorter than the width of your nail.
Properly dispose of the excess wire.

Final Adjustments

Using the included nail file, push the clips all the way in and press firmly down to ensure a good grip.
Make sure the wire does not extend past either edge of your nail.
NailLift braces are very strong and can at times chip or over-correct curved nails.
We recommend applying a gel pedicure over NailLift to be secured on the toenail in place and help prevent overcorrection.
The gel can be applied over just the tip or the entire nail.
Users who prefer not to apply gel may wrap the toe with a bandage or surgical tape.

If your nail is too thick or too thin for the clips to grip properly, click here for more detailed instructions. → Before Application

For Smaller Nails

Please slide one or two clips off of the wire and evenly space the remaining clips along the nail tip. Then, attach as usual.

If your nail is too thick or too thin for the clips to grip properly, click here for more detailed instructions. → Before Application

Instructions for Special Cases

Please click on the links below for more detailed instructions if your nails have the following conditions:

Removing NailLift

Without Gel / Super Glue

NailLift will correct most curved nails within 1-2 weeks. However, we recommend leaving it on until your nail grows too long and begins to interfere with daily activities.
If your nail has grown out long enough, you can simply trim the nail with the clips still attached.
Otherwise, use tweezers or the handy tool included with our wire clippers to pry off and pull the clips out from underneath the nail.

With Gel / Super Glue

If you applied a layer of gel or super glue (cyanoacrylate) over NailLift, you may trim the nail with NailLift still attached.
Otherwise, file off gel or glue and then remove NailLift as usual.

For detailed instructions on how to remove the clips with gel nail polish, click here.