Client Manicure Home Care Checklist

Home care guidelines for manicures, acrylic and gel applications.

Client Manicure Home Care Checklist

Postby jumpyg » Mon Apr 30, 2007 9:12 pm


1. Listen to Your Nail Technician
Follow your nail tech’s advice for at home care. If you have nails that are weak and brittle, and he/she suggests a nail hardener, follow their instructions. If your nails have ridges and they suggest you use ridge filler, invest in one. Professional nail technicians are qualified to educate you on what they know.

2. Treat Your Nails with Care
Wear gloves when gardening, using chemicals, or exposing hands to water for long periods of time. Do not treat your nails as tools!

3. Use a Top Coat to Help Nail Polish Last
Chipping nails polish seems to be a chronic problem for nail clients. Double the duration of your manicure by applying a layer of top coat 24 hours after your service. This will keep your nails looking shiny and groomed.

4. How to Mend a Chipped Nail
So you’ve shipped a nail – don’t fret! Using your fingertip, dab a small amount of polish remover on the affected area and lightly smooth it over. Re-coat with polish and top coat.

5. Moisturise Moisturise Moisturise!
It is important to keep your hands well-moisturised. Nail care is important but so is hand care. Use a lotion daily to keep them hydrated and smooth. Ensure you use a lotion with an SPF of at least 15 if working outdoors.

6. Don’t Forget Your Cuticles
Apply a cuticle oil or treatment as often as you can. It keeps cuticles supple, moisturised, and helps hangnails and dry skin away. Gently push back cuticles with a washcloth or the ball of your finger, not with the free edge of your nail.

7. File Gently
If you break a nail, gently file it away. Always use a fine-grit file (240-400) and only file in the one direction. Never file back and forth, this can cause your nails to fray and split. Purchase a home repair kit from your nail technician.

8. Leave it to Your Nail Tech
You can mend a slightly chipped nail or snagged nail by yourself. However, if you have a bigger problem such as a nail split, don’t attempt to fix it yourself. Make an appointment with your nail tech straight away and get them to fix it for you.

9. Your Health

If you have a contagious skin or nail disease, wait until it clears before visiting the salon again. If symptoms persist, make an appointment with your GP.

10. Allergic Reactions
Allergic reactions to nail products are uncommon, but it’s important to be able to detect if you have one. Allergic reactions are characterised by redness, itching, and swelling, or irritation around the eyes and mouth. Call your nail tech if you develop any of these symptoms.
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