The greatest damage to cuticles simply comes from a lack of attention. Most people don't consider at-home maintenance important and figure that a trip to the salon will be the ultimate cure. Here are a few easy suggestions you might want to try at home:
- Use gloves when washing dishes.
- Apply lotion after a bath or when your skin is still damp.
- Leave cuticle-oil by your night stand and apply nightly.
- Salt scrubs with essential oils are also great if used regularly at home (included in the Hot oil Manicure we offer).
- Paraffin treatments for intensive skin penetration.
SOURCE: Nails Magazine (Feb 2002)
- Clients are supplied with personal kits which include files and buffers.
- All metal implements are sterilized after every client in an EPA-registered Disinfectant (bactericidal, fungicidal, virucidal, pseudomonacidal, Tuberculocidal, which are all effective against HIV-1 and the Human Hepatitis B Virus) that is mixed and used according to manufacturer’s directions.
- Pedicure Spas are thoroughly flushed after every client, and all foreign matters are removed. Pedicure Spas are cleaned and sprayed or wiped, with an EPA-registered Disinfectant that is mixed and used according to manufacturer’s directions. All removable parts are completely immersed in a wet EPA-registered Disinfectant, rinsed with clean water and patted dry. Removable parts are also completely immersed in a wet EPA-registered Disinfectant that is mixed and used according to manufacturer’s directions.
- Management performs daily inspections of all stations, products, and disinfectants, to ensure all guidelines are followed. If you are uncertain about these procedures being performed during your service at our salon, please contact us through the email address provided.
Source: AZ State Board of Cosmetology, Article 1. General Procedure.
R4-10-112. Infection Control and Safety Standards
- Squeeze lemon juice on your nails (the citric acid helps lighten stains).
- Add effervescent denture cleanser to warm water and soak your nails for 5 to 10 minutes. Protect your nails with a base coat that is formaldehyde free.
SOURCE: LHJ Jan, 2002
SOURCE: LHJ Nov, 2001
We are asked this question many times. Is there really a way to keep nails from lifting before the client comes in for their regular two to three week fill?
Years of research has revealed that there are basic causes for nails lifting and they fall into three categories:
Many times, the cause of lifting nails is closely tied to the lack of proper preparation by the Technician at the time the nails are applied. The general consensus has deemed No Lift Primer as the best on the market. However, even with the best products, acrylic will not adhere to the nail plate if preparation has not been performed properly.
- Natural Oils. The natural oil must be removed so that the nail has a dull finish prior to the application of the No Lift Primer.
- Moist Nails. Moisture on the nails, at the time primer is applied, prevents bonding in the same manner as natural oils do.
- Pterygium. The pterygium is an overgrowth of cuticle that sticks to the nail plate. It must be completely removed, or the primer cannot reach the nail plate and lifting will occur.
- Excess Dust. Grit can cause lifting. Remove thoroughly with a duster brush!
- Nervous Habits. Caution your clients that picking and biting nails can cause lifting.
- Occupational Hazards. Typing, keypunching and similar activities exert pressure on the nails and can cause lifting.
- Misuse of Nails. Using nails as screwdrivers or other such tools is not recommended and can cause lifting.
- Filing. Friction and heat build up from drills or files can cause lifting.
- Diseased Nail Plate. State Licensing Boards have determined that this problem is beyond the scope of the technician's practice. Professional medical attention is required.
- Heart Medications.
- Diuretics and too much Vitamin B-6.
- Medication for sugar diabetes (Insulin).
- Thyroid Medications.
- Allergies and sensitivity to the product itself.
- Bacteria in the client's system.
- Contaminated primer (dust in the primer) or liquid or acrylic powder.
- Smoke in the air accumulating on the nails before the product is applied.
- Mixing products from two or more manufacturers which may be chemically incompatible.
- Nail plate being saturated with too much primer.
- Household cleaning products.
- Lemons, Limes and other Acidic Juices.