What technique is the best for a manicure and do you use different techniques for different problem nails?

January 10, 2006

I have tried several different ways to give the best natural nail manicure possible and want to know which way is the best. I have tried water manicures, which I’m told are no longer the way to go. I have tried soaking cuticles in heated oil or lotion before massaging. What technique is the best for the nail and do you use different techniques for different problem nails? 


I customize my manicure services to the individual client’s needs. For example, if a client has really dry hands and cuticles, I like to use hot oil or lotion. This way I can soften the cuticles, making them easier to push back, and really moisturize the dry skin. The waterless manicure is a good alternative for clients who receive regular maintenance. Since they come on a schedule, I don’t have to spend a lot of time on the cuticles and I can give them more attention in other areas, such as massage or paraffin. If I am doing a manicure on a client for the first time, I prefer to do a water or oil soak rather than a waterless manicure since I don’t know what the condition of the cuticles and hands are. I say do the manicure that gets you the best results. -- Mary Seitzinger

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