TIP OF THE WEEK #21
SAVING YOUR OWN NAILS By Vicki Peters (circa 2000)
I know as well as anyone that as a professional nail tech our nails should look good all the time and that is nearly impossible. If your nails need a fill, are filed to a point and half the polish is off, when you go to the bank to make your deposit the bank teller, or anyone else for that matter, is not going to ask you where you get your nails done. We are a walking advertisement and our nails should look good all the time.
So here are some suggestions.
1. Make a standing appointment with a salon down the street and get them done. Enjoy having your nails done just like your clients do. Oh I can hear it now, I don't like the way anyone else does my nails, I am so particular", well get over it because having them done not quite to your liking is better than not having them done at all.
2. Make a standing appointment with someone in your salon whose work you do like and pay her for the appointment so you don't get bumped.
3. Wear them natural and buff them to a high shine. Nails are nails even if you specialize in artificial nails.
4. Cover your acrylic nails after you polish them with gels to protect the polish. Gel is acetone resistant and you can buff off the top layer to get to the polish to remove it and do a fill.
5. Wearing tips that melt? Apply a layer of gel to the underside to protect them.
6. Cover the nails you tend to file with the stretchy wrap made specifically for this. Problem is it looks pretty tattered by the end of the day and you have to remove it every time you wash and I am assuming your washing your hands in between every client.
7. Do as I do - wear a bankers rubber finger on your thumb and index fingers that get hit the most with files.
8. Remove the client's polish with the cotton in between your fingers, between your first and second knuckle, keeping the cotton away from the tips of your fingers.
9. Have the client use a polish remover machine.
10. Schedule time to do your nails at the end of each week when you're done taking clients, before you go home.
I know this is a challenge, it is for everyone. But remember you are a walking advertisement and if you do not have time, which most of us don't make the time so you always are presentable. And if your going to a trade show don't go unless you are wearing your very best work. We all inspect each
other's nails at shows and it is important that they look good. Trust me everyone looks at mine at shows and even if someone else does my nails I tell them I do them! Except when I am wearing nails from someone like Kym Lee or Tom Holcomb!
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