Excessively short and damaged toenails can be completely changed with acrylic toenail enhancements.
Many people suffer from excessively short and damaged toenails, hiding them by avoiding sandals, beaches, and other enjoyable barefoot ctivities. But a quick toenail enhancement can completely change their outlook on baring their soles, so to speak. Candy Corbin of New Refl ection Salon in Moore, Okla., shares how she creates acrylic toenail enhancements on damaged toenails.
Remember to not soak feet in water or do a “wet pedicure” prior to rebuilding the nails. This ensures the area is not saturated with water for your acrylic service. If a pedicure is requested it can be done after the nails have been rebuilt, shaped, and buffed.
1. Cleanse feet with a sanitizing product and perform a visual inspection to check for signs of infection. Remember often damaged nails are free from infection but appear thick and flaky. If you are ever in doubt, refer your client to a physician to rule out possible infections before performing this service. Once the doctor gives the go ahead, you are free to provide services to your client.
2. Carefully thin the nail to reduce upward growth, making sure to not file through the nail plate. Prep the nail for an acrylic application
3. Use a medium to dry bead of acrylic to recreate a nail plate. The natural nail bed will be your guide, be sure to keep the acrylic thin over the natural nail as you will be building your enhancement over this newly created nail plate.
4. Build the enhancement with clear acrylic for a polish-ready nail, or you can use pink-and-white or colored acrylic as well. Be sure not to build an overly thick enhancement. Thick enhancements may cause discomfort when your clients wear closed-toe shoes.
5. Carefully file and shape the finished nail as usual, being careful to not be overly aggressive. Slightly rounded corners are preferable because they are less likely to snag and pry the nail loose.
6. Finish the nails with polish, gel, or a pedicure if desired. Your finished nail should have a thin profile at the edges with a smooth transition to ensure the nail does not snag during routine activity. The final nail should have a slightly rounded arch and take the appearance of a natural toenail. Length should not extend past the toe.