Wear your favorite colors this week! They just may lighten your mood?
THE NEW NORMAL
NO work for approximately “SEVEN” weeks.
Today, hair-stylists and barbers were allowed to return to their shops and salons, but not nail technicians? Stylists and barbers are closer to their clients’ faces than nail technicians: washing hair, arching brows and trimming nose hairs, etc.
Like my Mother use to say, “Get somewhere and sit down cause, you ain’t running nothing but your shoes over”.
Whether practicing Universal Precautions or not, the beauty industry has been shut down by this invisible menace! We are forced to practice social distancing but with positive consequences. No hair styling, and no nail-care…The 6 ft Rule. We must be willing to protect ourselves and our clients.
~~THIS TOO SHALL PASS ~~
To Wash or Not to Wash?
Whenever possible use soapy soap (really lather up) with warm water instead of any type hand sanitizer…Why?
LEVELS OF CLEAN
~~Cleaning surfaces: removes visible dirt, stains or debris with soap and water
~~Hand sanitizer: does not, visibly, clean the skin but kills germs and bacteria(label directions — wet time, approx. 30 sec)?
~~Sanitize: removes germs or bacteria microbes by a chemical aide(Lysol, bleach, etc.)
~~Disinfect: kills 99.99% of germs, bacteria and fungus but not spores(follow label directions — wet time)
~~Sterilize: kills “ALL” contaminants and spores(Autoclave)
Always start with cleaning, using a general-purpose cleaner. A surface should be clear of dirt and debris before sanitizing or applying a disinfectant. By itself, a general-purpose cleaner won’t kill bacteria or viruses but you should always start with this step. After the surface is properly cleaned, it’s then important to decide whether to sanitize or disinfect. The best way to clean skin is with soap and water.
WHAT IS PARAFFIN MANICURE?
Paraffin wax is a white or colorless soft, solid wax. It’s made from saturated hydrocarbons.
It’s often used in skin-softening salon and spa treatments on the hands, cuticles, and feet because it’s colorless, tasteless, and odorless(scented paraffins come in a wide variety of scents). It can also be used to provide pain relief to sore joints and muscles.
Paraffin wax has many other uses, too. It’s often used as lubrication, electrical insulation, and to make candles and crayons.
Paraffin wax is often applied to the hands and/or feet at around 100 degrees. The wax is a natural emollient, helping make skin supple and soft. When applied to the skin, it adds moisture and continues to boost the moisture levels of the skin after the treatment is complete. It can also be very soothing.
It can also help open pores and remove dead skin cells. That may help make the skin look fresher and feel smoother. An exfoliating scrub may be used along with this moisturizing treatment.
Paraffin wax may be used to help relieve pain in the hands of people with:
- rheumatoid arthritis
- other joint mobility issues
It acts like a form of heat therapy and can help increase blood flow, relax muscles, and decrease joint stiffness. Paraffin wax can also minimize muscle spasms and inflammation as well as treat sprains.
You should not use paraffin wax if you have:
- poor blood circulation
- numbness in your hands or feet
- any rashes or open sores
The cost of a paraffin wax treatment varies greatly by salon. It generally takes around 15 – 30 minutes.
Protecting Yourself and The Client
Will the client entering the salon be at ease by what they see? All things neat and clean, in their place and dust-free? A sense of confidence is offered when cleanliness is what is seen first upon entering the manicure or pedicure area. At some point, the method of sanitation may be discussed.
Where do germs live? How do we protect ourselves from them? Germs are everywhere. Some we need and some we don’t. The number one and most effective way to protect ourselves and others from the spread of any type of germ or bacteria is thorough hand washing. We have left the soak and water days and gone to the pocket hand sanitizer to answer the call of convenience and not necessarily full protection. We have relegated our protection to drying and harsh chemicals. It is much safer and better for our skin if we would just take a little time and wash with warm soapy water. As Mother Dear use to say, ‘Put some elbow grease into it.’ We don’t have time nor the elbow grease.
The Nail Technician is responsible for the protection of each and every client that he/she may touch and perform any type of beautification. The porous and non-porous items used must be washed, dried and sanitized/disinfected wet and dry) according to the state law.