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Maintaining the Natural Look
From Thursday, December 10, 2015:

You’ve just gotten a manicure and your hands and nails look great. Before you head back to the salon for your next appointment, read through this handout and make sure you’re doing everything you can at home to keep your hands and nails looking just as fresh and polished as the day you got your manicure.
Listen to your nail tech.

Carefully follow your nail tech’s recommendations for at-home care. If you have weak, brittle nails and she recommends you use a nail strengthener at home, follow her instructions. If your nails have ridges and she recommends you use ridge filler, invest in one.
Treat your nails with care.

Wear gloves when gardening or exposing hands to water for extended periods of time. Do not use your nails as tools. Use a soda can opener to pop tops, for example.
Use top coat to help nail polish last.

Chipping nail polish seems to be a chronic problem for nail clients. Solve the dilemma by applying a layer of top coat 24 hours after your service. That should double the duration of your manicure and keep your nails looking shiny and new.
Mend a chipped nail.

So you’ve applied top coat, but you still managed to chip a nail. What to do? 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.
Keep your hands well moisturized.
It’s important to keep your nails looking great, but your hands are important, too. Use a cream or lotion daily to keep them hydrated and smooth. If you’re often outdoors, use a lotion with an SPF of at least 15.
Don’t forget about cuticles.

Use cuticle oil or treatment religiously. It keeps cuticles supple and moisturized and helps keep pesky hangnails and dry skin at bay. Gently push back cuticles with a washcloth or the ball of your finger, not
with the free edge of your nail.
File with care.

What do you do if you snag or break a nail? Carefully file away. Always use a fine-grit file, which can range from a 240-400 grit, and gently file in one direction. Never file nails in a back-and-forth motion, as this can cause your nails to fray and split. Your nail tech may even provide you with a home repair kit.
Leave it to your nail tech.

A slightly chipped or snagged nail can easily be mended by gently filing the nail. But if you have a bigger problem such as a split nail, don’t attempt to fix it yourself. Call your nail tech and schedule an appointment to get it fixed.
If you’re sick, stay away.

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 dermatologist.
Know what you have.

Allergic reactions to nail products are uncommon, but it’s important to be able to detect if you have one. Allergic reactions are characterized by redness, itching, and swelling around the nails, or irritation around the eyes and mouth. Call your nail tech if you develop any of these symptoms.
Attention nail technicians:
Client handouts are a great way to educate your client and keep her coming back for your skill and expertise. Feel free to make copies of this page to give clients. For a personal touch, attach your business card here before making copies.

Caring for Your Nail Enhancements at Home
From Monday, October 26, 2015:

Your nail technician has given you a great set of nail enhancements and you’re set to come in for an appointment in a couple of weeks. Is that all there is to it? Not quite. The following are key pointers to help you care for your nails at home.
Let your nail tech do her job.

If you break a nail or if a nail begins to lift, schedule a repair appointment. Do not attempt to fix the nail yourself. Improperly gluing down a loose nail can cause moisture to become trapped between the nail and the enhancement and possibly cause an infection. Do not bandage a broken nail as bandages may also trap moisture. Do not take down the length of your enhancements as this will throw off the balance of the nail and may make the nail look bulky.
Treat your nails like jewels.

Protect your investment by wearing gloves when gardening or exposing hands to water for extended periods of time. Do not put upward pressure on your nail tips, use a soda can opener to pop tops, and dial the phone with the eraser end of a pencil.
Add some extras.

Your nail technician may suggest that you apply top coat every other day (or more often depending on your exposure to the sun) to prevent chipping or yellowing. Cuticle oil is also a daily necessity as it keeps cuticles supple and the acrylic product moisturized and flexible.
Listen to your nail tech.

Can’t decide what length and type of enhancement you’d like? Your nail technician will be more than happy to make a suggestion. For example, if you’re hard on your nails because you work on a computer or do heavy work, shorter nails may be your best option.
Call in sick.

If you have a contagious skin or nail condition, wait until it clears before visiting the salon again. If symptoms persist, make an appointment with a dermatologist.
Be aware of what you have.

Very few clients will develop allergic reactions to an ingredient in some nail products. Allergic reactions are characterized byredness, itching, and swelling of the skinaround the nails, or irritation around the eyes and mouth. If you develop any of these symptoms, call your nail technician. She will help you determine which ingredients you’re having a reaction to and will take steps to avoid them. If necessary, she can refer you to a dermatologist. Do not ignore a condition that develops around the nail.
Don’t take them off.

If you decide you no longer want to wear nail enhancements, do not take them off yourself. Picking and pulling the nails off will damage your natural nail, rip layers from your nail plate, and make regrowth a long, painful process. Your nail technician can safely remove nail enhancements.
Attention nail technicians:

Client handouts are a great way to educate your client and keep her coming back for your skill and expertise. Feel free to make copies of this page to give clients. For a personal touch, attach your business card here before making copies.

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