Whether you’re a left-handed tech yourself, have one as a coworker, or simply want to see nails from a different perspective, you can benefit from learning about how south paw nail techs adapt their set-ups to stay in their right minds and in the right career path for them.
Most of the manicure tables at A Finished Appearance in New Kensington, Pa., have the drawers on the righthand side, making them ideal for right-handed techs.
Many right-handed workers think of manicure tables as neutral pieces of furniture that either a right- or left-handed person can use. However, left-handed techs generally find that all of the drawers, cabinets, supplies, cables, and really everything a tech needs to do her job are a long reach from her dominant hand. “I liked that I was allowed to reverse my table set-up for my state board exam because the positions of my implements and products were taught backward to me,” says left-handed tech Tracie McNeal of WildSide Nailz Art Studio in Lancaster, Calif. “Nearly every tech I see keeps her dappen dishes and powders to whichever side she holds her brush. As do I.”
A matching table with the drawers on the lefthand side was custom ordered for A
Finished Appearance’s left-handed tech Lisa Rearick.
Left-handed techs who we spoke to overcame this problem by having their tables custom built or, in several cases, reaching an agreement with the salon owner in which the owner purchased the custom table for them. Kathy Wagner of Frank’s On First in Casper, Wyo., commissioned her woodworking husband to build one based on her drawing. “I needed a drawer on the left side as well as a cupboard for tall bottles. This conclusion came from trying other tables,” she says.
Another great option for both left- and right-handed techs are nail bars, like this one by Design X Manufacturing, since the storage space is exactly in the center.
If you’re currently shopping for a left-handed manicure table, many salon furnishing companies will custom build one for you. “We make all of our pieces to the customers’ specs,” says Jason Mondene, a representative of Design X Manufacturing, adding that the price is the same at Design X regardless of the side onv which the drawers are placed. Mondene also suggests nail bars as a solution (where the nail techs work side-by-side on a long tabletop) since these typically feature storage in the center of the table (under the work surface), providing equal access to both hands.
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