Reader to Reader: How do you store your files?

July 01, 1998

How do you store your files?


I take sanitation very seriously. I store each client’s personal implements in a re-useable cloth bag I designed myself. It has a plastic front, which contains the client’s information. I buy my files in bulk, and replace them after every fourth appointment. – Leona Parker, Changes, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Each client has her own re-sealable plastic storage bag, which contains a file, buffer, cuticle stick and nail brush. – Rhiana Leal, At Your Fingertips,  McAllen, Texas

We store each client’s file in either a plastic re-sealable bag or a heavyweight re-sealable manila envelope, with her name address, and phone number written on it. Our clients love knowing that when they come in, they are getting their own file. This method also saves on file costs. A single file goes a long way if it’s stored correctly.  – Melanie Monterio, Hairsay, S. Attleboro, Mass.

I store my files in an airtight container that meets my state board’s guidelines. I buy my files in bulk (they cost about 40 cents each), and I throw them away after every use. This enables me to save considerable time and money on sanitation. – Terry McCasland, Barbara’s Beauty Shop Grand Saline, Texas

Due to sanitation, health hazards, and lawsuits, I require my clients to purchase their own files, (this is profitable for the salon, too.) Each file, along with oil and a buffer, is place in a zippered bag labeled with the client’s name, the date of purchase, and whether they wear acrylics or fiberglass. Each bag is stored in a three-drawer cabinet. If a client needs a repair and I’m out of town, another nail technician simply locates the labeled bag and completes the repair with no files to wash afterwards. – Lou Gonzales-Krueger, The Hair Shaque, Farmington, N.M.

I provide each client with her own personal implements and store then in a videotape box. Each box is stored alphabetically in a small bookcase. It may cost me a little more up front, but my clients love it. – Lyn Baker, Finished Perfection Salon, Duncanville, Texas

I place the client’s file, buffer, and orangewood stick in a plastic re-sealable bag, label it with the client’s name, and file it alphabetically in an accordion file. – Tina Keefer, The Nail Zone, Talent, Ore.

We do not use conventional files in our salon. We use the Septifile system, which consists of removable abrasives and two-sided sanitizable handle. We store the file halves in a storage box. I save money using the system; the file halves only const 23 cents each. And there is no fear of cross-contamination between clients. – John Brouchard, Nails, Unique, Hartford, Conn.


What’s the cause of the pinkish-red oval area on the pad of my client’s toes?

I have a client who has a recurring problem with her fourth toes during the winter months. Both of her “ring finger” toes develop a pinkish-red oval area on the pad. Then a month later, when I see her again, the skin has become dry and hard like a callus, with the layers of skin peeling away to reveal a deeper, dark epicenter.  It’s extremely painful for her and, needless to say, we do not touch it. But it clears up in the summer when she’s wearing open-toed sandals, so I suspect it has to be due to the boots she wears in the winter. Plus she never puts lotion on her feet or uses a foot file in between visits. What do you think causes this?


What are the big white spots on my natural-nail client’s nails?

I have a client who has been with me for about two years. She used to wear acrylic nails but has been a natural nail client for eight months or so. She has these white spots on her nails — big spots that are dry, but not flaky, right in the middle of the nail. I did try to buff them lightly but they do not come off or grow off. I had a new client come in last week who had the same on her toenails. She said it started after she had a pedicure done at another salon. Can you help?

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