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A Day in the Life of a Nail Expert: Nails and Chemotherapy

In this month’s column, Dr. Stern discusses the effects of chemotherapy on the nail and the precautions you should take if a client has cancer.

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Something to Talk About: Letting Nails Breathe

A notion persists in our industry that nails need to breathe and artificial coatings should be removed periodically. Learn why this seemingly logical idea is actually a fallacy.

Something to Talk About: Psoriasis of the Nail

Psoriasis of the skin is a common issue, but what happens when psoriasis affects the nail? Help your clients get treatment for a condition that could be embarrassing — and painful.

Something to Talk About: Cuticles

When a client’s hands are in desperate need of maintenance, one of the easiest ways to see improvement is to clean up the cuticles. But how much should a tech “clean up?” And how do you reassure your client your actions are safe?

Something to Talk About: Diabetes

With nearly 10% of the population diagnosed with diabetes, it’s likely you’ll have clients who battle the disease. Educate. Educate. Educate. Be sure they know you have their safety in mind.

Something to Talk About: Eczema

Clients with eczema will likely be self-conscious about their dry, flaky skin. Ease their concerns by assuring them you know how to care for their condition.

Something to Talk About: Brown Spots

Brown spots on the nail can be the first evidence of a larger problem. Help clients recognize when the issue may require a doctor’s attention.

Something to Talk About: Warts

They’re often unsightly, possibly painful, and always contagious. How do you talk to your clients about warts?

Something to Talk About: Athlete’s Foot

Nearly 70% of adults will experience athlete’s foot at some point in their life. But how do you break the news to a client that she has fungus on her feet?

Something to Talk About: Appropriate Nail Length and Style

Personal preference isn’t the only thing that determines the ideal shape and length for a client’s nails. The best techs know a number of factors play into the decision.