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What can I do to help a client who does not chew her nails, but chews the skin around her nails?

April 01, 2003

What can I do to help a client who does not chew her nails, but chews the skin around her nails?

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Even if the client has enhancements, spend the time to do a really good manicure. Book the extra time and tell the client it will be worth the extra money to keep her skin and cuticles in great shape. Leave her nothing to pick or chew. Send her home with cuticle oil and a rich cream to apply daily. Suggest polish, maybe darker rather than lighter, to keep her hands out of her mouth. — Suzanne Hasslinger is a nail tech at Applause Salon in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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