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What's the best way to keep clients' nails in good condition?

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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.

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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.

Rima Kitsko: Basically, you need to let the clients know that while you are there for them, they do need to take a hand in the upkeep of their nails at home. Educating the client is the way to start. Let them know that the surrounding tissue needs to look good as well as the actual nail and that it’s important to their nails’ health to not allow those pesky hangnails to get out of control, since that could lead to tears or splits in the cuticle area and possible infection. Then select the right sort of product for them to use. A good nail oil or cuticle cream with an alpha hydroxy acid base used on a daily basis will help to keep those cuticles in great shape. And with a good product, clients should see results within a week of using it faithfully. Start them out with a free sample. Once they see how wonderful their nails and hands start looking they will come back to buy a full-sized bottle.

Debi Waszut: I usually push my clients’ cuticles back using a good pterygium remover/pusher at each fill. I also remove hangnails if necessary. But if you are having a lot of problems with a lot of different clients, it could be that the cuticle area is getting too roughed up at each fill, or, if you are using a drill, you may be getting too close to the cuticle area. Great care needs to be exercised in this area. Routine cuticle care should eliminate this problem. I also recommend that my clients use a cuticle oil daily and use waterproof gloves to do dishes or housekeeping with household chemicals. Work gloves should also be worn for activities like dusting and gardening. Clients have to be instructed that they need to do these things to protect their investment in their beautiful new nails.

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