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Prevent Pincer Nails

November 1, 2006  | Article

This all-too-common condition is often attributable to poor filing. You may not be aware of it, but if you are an experienced nail tech it’s likely your keen eye and meticulous work have prevented clients from the pain of pincer nails.

Keywords: foot disorders   pincer nails  

Here’s the Scoop (Scoop Nails, That Is)

August 1, 2006  | Article

Spoon nails are so common, techs may not even recognize the mildest cases. Although they may indicate a more serious problem, spoon nails often are nothing more than an aesthetic nuisance that can be made beautiful with an overlay.

Keywords: koilonychia   nail diseases   scoop nails  

When Darker Isn’t Better

July 1, 2006  | Article

These black bands aren’t worn for power. The dark bands on nails, melanonychia, are often harmless, but they can also be signs of cancer.

Keywords: client health   melanonychia   nail diseases  

The Itch of Eczema

June 1, 2006  | Article

Although eczema cannot be cured, there are ways to relieve the itchiness and rash associated with this chronic skin condition. Avoiding triggers such as hot water and sunburn can help prevent an outbreak of eczema.

Keywords: eczema   skin conditions  

It's Like Splitting Nails

May 1, 2006  | Article

Splitting nails are common in your clients, but they shouldn’t be a major concern for you. You will still be able to give these clients regular services, and you can even help them recover from a temporary split using your skills with wraps or overlays.

Keywords: onychoschizia   splitting nails  

The Bare Bones on Bunions

April 1, 2006  | Article

Bunions are one of the most common foot ailments, with women suffering from them at a higher rate than men. Although they don’t disappear once they form, there are ways to alleviate the pain and swelling, including surgery in some cases.

Keywords: bunions   foot disorders  

Extreme Hand Repair

March 1, 2006  | Article

For those clients who insist on looking youthful right down to their fingertips, cosmetic surgery may be the answer. Increasingly popular medical procedures — including laser treatments, fat injections, and sclerotherapy — can remove age spots, bulging veins, and other telltale signs of aging.

Keywords: anti-aging services   Botox   hand facials   laser treatments  

Seeing White Spots

March 1, 2006  | Article

Don’t be alarmed if you notice your client’s nails turning white. It’s most likely a case of leukonychia and while it sounds serious, in reality, the discoloration may simply be a result of a minor injury to the nail.

Keywords: leukonychia   nail diseases   white spots  

Treating the Common Corn

February 1, 2006  | Article

Corns can cause even the most confident person to hide her toes in shame, so it’s good to know that these pesky toe calluses can be eliminated. Nail professionals can do their part in the salon by helping to smooth down these sometimes-painful hardened areas of skin.

Keywords: corns   foot disorders  

Getting Rid of Warts

December 1, 2005  | Article

Warts have always been viewed as unsightly nuisances that can cause pain and embarrassment. Fortunately, there are several ways, including freezing, to treat this infection to ensure they’ll be gone for good.

Keywords: skin conditions   warts  

Growing Pains

August 1, 2005  | Article

Cutting toenails improperly and wearing ill-fitting shoes may be invitations for an ingrown toenail, but there are other causes nail techs should also know about.

Keywords: ingrown toenails  

You Can Reform a Nail Biter

July 1, 2005  | Article

Like any habit, biting the nails is tough to stop. Some people never completely conquer the urge. But you can help, with a regular program of manicures and a supportive attitude. Here are two programs you can try — tailor them to the needs of your women, men, and children clients.

Keywords: nail biting  

What Is a Splinter Hemorrhage?

June 1, 2005  | Article

n. (splĭn ‘tər hem’ər-ĭj) small areas of bleeding or hemorrhage underneath the nail bed that take the shape of straight lines; usually caused by hard impact or physical trauma to the nail; usually grows out with the nail after a few months

Keywords: elderly clients   fungal infections   nail diseases   nail trauma   splinter hemorrhage  

When Nails Separate

April 1, 2005  | Article

Onycholysis may look scary, but fortunately, a separated nail can re-attach itself. Nail techs can do their part by offering gentle, soothing services that help prevent further irritation to the affected nail.

Keywords: nail separation   onycholysis  

Foot Spa Infection Victims Settle Lawsuit

March 11, 2005  | News

It’s been more than four years, but the victims haven’t quite been able to forget what happened to them. They still have scars on their shins and lower legs, reminders of the bacteria they were infected with after getting pedicures at Fancy Nails, a salon in Watsonville, Calif., that has since closed. Although it may not get rid of the unsightly scars, 73 people will split about $3 million after settling a lawsuit with the salon.

Keywords: lawsuits   pedicure sanitation   salon sanitation   staph infections   Watsonville  

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