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In the Thick Of It

November 1, 2003  | Article

Well-groomed cuticles can make a good manicure spectacular. Yet, while their importance is without question, the proper care of the eponychium and the true cuticle is often a mystery. Neglected by clients and mistreated by techs, the cuticle area finds itself much maligned. Here we show you what's what and how to keep it all beautiful and healthy.

Keywords: cuticle treatments   skin care  

What's the Diagnosis: Dry Skin or Athlete's Foot?

September 1, 2003  | Article

Think someone wiht athlete's foot would never come in for a pedicure? Think again. What you and your clients desdribe and treat as dry skin might actually be a mild, but still contagious, case of athlete's foot.

Keywords: athlete's foot   feet   foot disorders   skin care  

Nail Separation Anxiety

June 1, 2003  | Article

Onycholysis - separation of the nail plate from the nail bed - may appear innocuous at first, but caution clients against a “wait and see” approach. While you can’t diagnose the condition or its cause, arm yourself and your clients with information.

Keywords: fungal infections   lichen planus   lifting   nail separation   onycholysis  

Toe Woes

May 1, 2003  | Article

Stay a step ahead of clients’ needs by learning to recognize the most common woes that may cause pain and disfigurement to client’s toes.

Keywords: bunions   foot ailments   foot care   footwear   hammertoes  

Go to Healthy Extremes With Feet

March 1, 2003  | Article

Do your best not to get on a client’s nerves -- because you never know who might have peripheral neuropathy. The loss of sensation in feet and hands that marks this not-uncommon condition leaves the unaware client susceptible to infection.

Keywords: pedicures   special needs clients  

The Help Desk Panel Answers Your Questions

February 1, 2003  | Article

This month our guest panelists deal with lifting, allergic reactions, and the difference between a "classic pedicure" and a spa-type pedicure. 

Keywords: allergic reactions   deluxe pedicures   electric file safety   lifting   ring of fire  

Warts Warrant a Sticky Solution

February 1, 2003  | Article

The best treatment for common warts -- duct tape -- might be found right in your toolbox.

Closing In On Ingrown Toenails

December 1, 2002  | Article

Wearing tight, closed-toed shoes is an invitation for ingrown toenails. Soreness, irritation, and pain are just a few symptoms clients live with. Here we give you tried-and-true solutions to ease client discomfort.

Keywords: ingrown toenails   nail diseases   pedicure implements  

Bacteria: Back to the Basics

October 1, 2002  | Article

As a nail tech, you come in close contact with a number of people on a regular basis, in a type of interaction that makes the spread of bacteria and disease not only possible, but likely. With the recent spotlight on bacteria-related mishaps in the nail industry, we decided to revisit its history, causes, and remedies.

Keywords: bacteria   bacterial infections   fungus   nail separation   nail trauma  

Woman Awarded $3.1 Million After Contracting Herpes at Salon

September 1, 2002  | Article

Six months after the manicure, Preston filled a lawsuit against the salon, contending the herpes has damaged her overall health and she can no longer live a normal life.

Keywords: herpes   professional liability  

Just Add Water to Care for Brittle Nails

August 1, 2002  | Article

Caused by dehydration, brittle nails are the bane of the modern woman. Put to rest the old wives’ tales of gelatin and calcium supplements while teaching clients the tips and tricks that really work.

Keywords: biotin   brittle nails   Dr. Richard Scher   effect of menopause on nails   effect of vitamins on nails  

Caring for Callused Feet

June 1, 2002  | Article

With summer quickly approaching, women (and men) are making it a priority to get their feet in tip-top shape for sandal season. And for feet to look their absolute best, they should be smooth and free of calluses.

Keywords: callus   foot care   pedicures  

Raynaud’s Phenomenon: A Tale of Two Clients

April 1, 2002  | Article

Looks aren’t everything when it comes to a client’s health: To know which ones have Raynaud’s Phenomenon, you need to ask. And you do need to ask, as two clients’ tales will tell.

Keywords: nail diseases   Raynaud's Disease   special needs clients  

The Help Desk Answers Your Technical Questions

December 1, 2001  | Article

This month our panel helps our readers with creating perfect smile lines, detached nails and fungus. 

Keywords: antifungals   onycholysis   smile lines  

Pedicures and Diabetes: Can You? Should You?

October 1, 2001  | Article

With the ever-growing popularity of pedicures and the growing incidence of diabetes nationwide, the two are on a collision course — with the point of contact at your pedicure station. We talked to podiatrists who detail the special needs of the diabetic foot as well as how to safely perform a pedicure.

Keywords: diabetic clients   diabetic pedicures   special needs clients  

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