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Tune-up Your Manicure Techniques

SELF Magazine, in the November 2011 issue, put together a list of ways to pump up manicures and maximize results for your clients. According to Maridel Reyes, it's always good to tune-up your technique.

1. Watch your form. The oval nail shape is the best way to get a mani with endurance. "There aren't any rigid corners like with a square nail that can smack against stuff, keeping nails healthier and polish on for longer, " says Dennis Gross, a dermatologist in New York City.

2. Buffing Tips. When filing, many people tend to file in a back-and-forth motion, which creates rough edges, making nails prone to chipping. Instead, use a nail file with medium grittiness, and move in one direction.

3. Moisture Moves. When nails are hydrated, they have more flexibility. Moisturize from the outside in by applying a cuticle oil with jojoba oil and vitamin E, a combo that penetrates deeper than classic cream.

4. Nail Fact. The more hands are engaged in activity, the faster they grow. Movement increases blood flow to muscle and tissues in that area. Enhance their natural growth factor with a strengthening treatment laced with proteins or keratin instead of a regular base coat.

5. Remove Everything. Whether clients have nail polish on when they come into your salon or not, still use a cotton pad soaked in polish remover to wipe nails clean. Oil, lotion or debris can prevent color from bonding to nails, causing it to peel and chip. Also, consider using acetone-free remover; the harsh chemical isn't needed unless you're soaking off gels.



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