Nails: Tom Bachik of Creative Nail Design (Vista, Calif.) applied colored acrylics and feathers on this month’s cover model.
Photography: Caesar Lima
Model: Chloe Hunter
Hair and makeup: Kim Godwin, Cloutier
October 1, 1999
What’s the best way to do nails that are worn just for a special occasion then removed – like prom nails? And how would you price them? The wearers are usually teens.
I have a client who I use acrylic products on, and it appears as though her nail layers or cuticles underneath are peeling, and her fingernails are very sore. Is this because of the acrylic? What would you recommend that I do to help this client?
I have been doing gels for about three weeks and I’m ready to give up and go back to acrylics. Some of my clients’ nails are a mess after two weeks. I hate having to deal with the forms and it takes a lot longer because I have to put on so many layers, curing each one and then the underside. Any advice?
I would like to know the best way to get client’s cuticles in good condition. I find that a lot of my clients do not pay enough attention to their cuticles once they leave the salon and as a result I have to remove a lot of hanging skin.
Nail-related items are not the only thing that salon owners and technicians use in their salons. Sometimes the most valuable items come from a totally different arena. Nail technicians across the country speak out on business items that they simply must have in order to run their businesses.
When big distributors become even bigger, nail products often become less important in the distributors’ overall strategy.
If clients keep pouring money into your salon, but none of it is flowing into your pockets or the salon's coffers, it's time to re-examine your compensation structure. After all, why follow the competition's lead if the road heads toward bankruptcy?
It’s not the first time Tom Bachik has immersed tiny objects in acrylic to produce a new art form. He’s sunk small dried flowers, beads, sand, and more into a few nails.
What can I use to get the fungus off of the nail right away? I have tried several topical ointments, but it doesn’t always remove the color. Can this be done? Can color be removed?
My client is in her 30s and has been getting basic manicures since February. She suddenly developed white spots and the following week, the spots appeared to have spread on the nail plate (and they were larger). She said she was under stress. Is this a fungus? Her doctor told her not to get any more manicures.
I am a hairdresser and for the last eight years, my nails have lifted off the nail bed at the tip, but stay attached at the base and sides. It is extremely painful when I hit my nail on a surface. I first noticed this after I had Lyme Disease and began taking Rocifin IV. At the time, I wore sculptured nails but have not worn them for years. I have taken medications for nail fungus, but is not a fungus. There are time when I get pain in the finger and the tip, and it gets very hot and lifts some more. Other times I will get a discoloration of the underside of the nail. That is when it starts to reattach, but not for long. I have seen two dermatologists, a general practitioner, and an internist – no luck so far. Could you please tell me what to do?
I have two clientswith a nail that splits right down the center. What causes this and is there anything that I can do for them?
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