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.
Not one left any where! The Russian Manicure. That’s the nouveau wave of cuticle damage, in my opinion, that is hitting our industry with the potential of thousands of run around victims in the future. Damaged cuticles.
That’s the look of this new type manicure. Remove ALL cuticle! Cuticles are not to be cut or E-filed for beautification.
I’m talking about the Russian Manicure. Some claim the manicure/polish lasts longer. One professional even said, ‘…the gels/acrylics last longer cause you can get right up under the cuticle.’ What!? When did putting product under the cuticle become ok for the well-being of the client’s skin and nails and possibly overall health. If the product can be placed underneath the cuticle, so can germs and bacteria.
What Is It?
Some people around the globe are teaching a highly risky technique that goes by several different names including, the “Russian” or “Equipment” or “Dry” or “E-File” manicure.
The process is to use an electronic file with very fine bits to file off the dead/dry skin or cuticle around the nail plate. Tissue is also filed from the nail plate.
This isn’t a new look. It resulted in the condition called “run around” when we didn’t know of the long-term effects of cutting off live tissue/cuticle. The result was the cuticles are then permanently puffy and tender because the nail techs took off the living tissue(cuticle)the proximal fold or the eponychium during the manicure.
The proximal fold, lateral side walls, and the hyponychium create the 4 required guardian seals to protect the nail bed and matrix from harmful germs and bacteria. We never want to cut or sand down live skin! ~~Nail Care HQ
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Think About It ~ What we hate, we must learn to love. What comes easy will be difficult to endure. What comes with work will give us rest. Riches are discovered in poverty. Safety in place of risk. More in place of less.
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” –George Eliot
A new year is like opening a present with potential. What potential for yourself are you anticipating? A new figure? A new career? A new man? New friends? A new hair color, cut or maybe try some weave?? Whatever your new flavor or life-style change, do you know the steps? I’ve heard it said, ‘a goal without a plan is just a wish’ or something like that.
My clients often say they don’t have time to get a manicure or pedicure. With a plan, many things are possible. It’s the year to quite playing with who we’re pretending to be and start shaping our future with goals and plans. Start from the inside out.
“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” —Zig Ziglar
While doing a manicure, I often ask clients how did they break a nail. They ultimately say, they don’t know why or how their nails come to have a break, split or peel. ‘It just peel or split like that?’ Some are legitimate reasons: searching in a large purse, car door handle or just hit the nail and it breaks. Breaks are often better than bending. Believe me! We all know the nail doesn’t grow out broken. Broken nails are most likely due to some action or mishap by the client. Some are just heavy-handed or use their nails as tools: to open or peel something. Most often its the thumb nail.
Cuticle care is very important to nail health. If the cuticles are dry, cracked and tight, it could impede the nail growth. The cuticle is actually a protective sheath that grows over the root of the nail. This is where your nail’s new cells are developed — the new cells grow and then push out existing nail, which is what causes the dead, whitened parts of your nail to grow over time and require trimming. Washing the hands excessively can also cause dry brittle nails and dry tight cuticles. Insufficient hydration through your diet can also cause dryness.
The bottom line: healthy nails, have healthy cuticles
Think About It: For a woman, self-maintenance is a full-time job