Readers respond: How do you feel about having to use a particular product?
I strongly feel that I know what works best on each client. I do not and will not limit myself to one product or to a product that I have found to be inferior. I guarantee my work and put out quality, not quantity, so I want to use the best products on the market. My clients and I know that you get what you pay for.
Shear Precision (Eagle River, Wis.)
If the product wasn’t working for me, I’d think I might be using it incorrectly, so I would take a class on it.
Finger’s Nail Studios (W. Dundee, Ill.)
I think if you’re confident about a product, you’ll do a better set of nails. At my previous salon, the owner asked for our opinions about a product and made sure we liked it. When we did switch products once, she had an educator come in and train us on the new product.
Bren’s Nails (Conroe, Texas)
I knew I would be working at an upscale salon that carries high-quality, professional products. You can’t be afraid of trying a new product. It takes time to get used to it. You need to work with the product and practice your technique.
Salon Escada (Marlton, N.J.)
I would never want to be told what product to use. It’s a personal choice, like picking out a toothbrush or shampoo. You’re more likely to be proficient with a product you feel comfortable working with rather than one you are forced to use.
Salon 544 (San Luis Obispo, Calif.)
If our salon carries the product and clients like it, I don’t mind sticking with it. But if the client brings in a product and I know it’s not good, I’ll tell her our salon uses professional products only.
Carmen’s Hair Fashions Salon (Lorain, Ohio)
I wouldn’t object to using a particular product unless it didn’t work. For the most part, you have to use different products depending on each client and the climate.
Studio 302 (Las Vegas, Nev.)
If I was handed a product and told to use it without having any training, that would be difficult. Our salon owner trained us on how to use the product we carry and I was already familiar with the product from school.
Nail Designs (Medford, Ore.)