The success of any nail
enhancement service is shared between the nail technician and the
client. The nail technician is 50% responsible in diagnosing the
clients nail needs by performing a consultation to determine her/his
lifestyle, activity level and nail plate shape, prescribing the proper
service and recommending home care products and procedures. The
client is 50% responsible for following the recommended home care
procedures, setting timely maintenance appointments, and following any
other written or verbal instructions from the technician.
This form was designed as
a hand-out for all new clients, whether the appointment was for a full set
or a first time maintenance appointment. Please feel free to print
this page as a guide for your clients and customers.
In order to maintain
your Nail Enhancements for long-term wearability, please read and
follow these simple guidelines.
Oil nails twice
per day to maintain inherent flexibility. Product that is allowed to
become brittle will crack and break.
several manufacturers products that I would recommend; however, since we
all have our own personal choices, I will only recommend that the oil
you use or sell contain Jojoba and Vitamin E oils. Jojoba oil has
a very tiny molecule which is small enough to penetrate the surface
layer of the skin and pull the larger molecule of the Vitamin E in
behind it. Oils in addition to these are generally added to
condition and moisturize the skin and nails. Applying oil to the
nail enhancement will help to maintain flexibility by lubricating the
product molecules. Applying oil to the natural nail free edge will
help prevent 'curling away' and to maintain proper levels in the natural
The use of
'tools' to help you perform your daily routines will help to insure
against breakage. For instance, use a pop-top opener to open soda
cans, use the side of your hand or finger to open car or refrigerator
doors, and never reach for anything with your fingertips as the nail
extensions will reach the object first.
The higher the
activity level, the shorter the enhancement should be. An active
length = 1/4 the length of the nail bed. An average length = 1/2
the length of the nail bed, and a full fashion length equals the length
of the nail bed. Extensions longer than the length of the
foundation (the nail bed) will cause undue downward pressure with normal
use of the hands and fingers which may result in a broken or torn
natural nail plate.
product will shrink when cured and create an airtight seal. Mechanical
forcing of product through extreme pressure, picking or nipping rough
edges will result in lifting. Use a 240- grit file to remove rough
edges or blend any lifting into the natural nail plate. Holding the
file flat to the area of lift, gently file in the direction of the
lifted material until the area of lift is removed. Do not
over-file! Over-filing removes vital nail plate layers and will
weaken the natural nail foundation. To re-seal the product, massage a
drop of oil into the nail surface, then buff to a dull shine with the
360-grit buffer. You may also choose to buff to a high shine
with a 3-way buffer.
When changing polish
between maintenance appointments, remove polish with regular polish
remover and a lint free cotton or gauze wipe. I have never recommended
the use of non-acetone polish remover as it requires more time to
soften polish, thereby remaining on the product surface, softening and
weakening the surface layer. After the enamel has been removed, wash
hands and scrub nails with a soft toothbrush. Apply cuticle oil to the
product surface and massage into the cuticles and overlay. Using the
360-buffer, buff the oil into the nail surface to re-seal the product.
Buff to a high shine with a 3-way buffer or apply one thin coat of
base coat, two thin coats of enamel and a thin application of topcoat,
allowing the layers to dry between coatings.
(Greenies) are caused by air-borne spores (pseudomonas bacterium) that
have become trapped between the overlay and the nail plate layers.
These spores require food to eat and moisture to grow. The nail plate
layers contain contaminates along with the natural oil and moisture.
Should any lifting occur between visits, buff away the area of lift. Do
not attempt to glue the area of lift. Most instant glues
are not moisture resistant. Instant glue also sets-up the
instant it is exposed to air. The glue cannot re-seal lifted
material and may incorporate air-borne bacteria or spores into the
area of lift. The bacteria or spores will be trapped between the nail
plate and the overlay, utilizing the natural nail contaminates as food
and the moisture to grow. The results are a greenish to brownish stain
on the nail plate which is a by-product of the infection. Should any
area of lift be too large to remove by filing, or visible
discoloration is present, please call for a nail repair appointment.
To prevent the spread
of communicable or infectious disease, never share your files or implements with
others, whether at home or in the salon.
implements can be purchased through several different outlets: An
'over-the-counter' beauty supply, drug or department stores or from your
salon. If your salon does not supply individual files for
individual clients, ask to purchase these files and keep them in a
clean, dry storage container between uses. Sanitize files and
implements after every use in an approved sanitizing solution, rinse
well, dry and store in the container.
cleaning solutions contain chemicals that will effect the overlay and
result in service breakdown. Some household pest sprays contain a
chemical that may actually melt the surface of the overlay and
compromise the integrity of the product.