Monday, February 11, 2013


Set up for Manicures
  • Hot towel
  • Soaking bowl w/ soap
  • Nail polish remover
  • Cotton
  • Finger nail clippers
  • Nail files
  • Nail buffer
  • Cuticle Pusher
  • Cuticle removing gel
  • Scrub
  • Lotion
  • Alcohol
  • Base coat polish
  • Nail polish
  • Top coat
  • Cuticle oil 
You want to have all products that you will use out before time of service. Place towel in cavi so that it is ready when needed and has time to heat. (It will be beneficial to you to soak towel in water that is already hot so that it won't take as long to heat.) While client is picking out desired nail color excuse yourself to fill soaking bowl with hot water and a tiny bit of antibacterial soap.
Ask client how they like they shape of there nails and what length they would like them to be while assessing nail condition. If clients want length off you will clip nails at this time. Then you will start to shape nails. When shaping nails you may use a back and forth motion if nails are healthy and thick. If they are more fragile you will want to use minimal strokes and only go in one direction. Try to avoid going down sides of nails to much as this can cause hang nails. If you already see hang nails present ask client if they are okay with you removing them, you will do this with your clippers.
After you have done one hand you will want to place cuticle removing gel onto cuticles (being careful not to touch cuticles with bottle as this is cross contamination). You will then place clients fingers into water, make sure to ask client if the temperature is okay. Then proceed to other hand. After you are done filing and shaping second hand you will want to switch it to water and place other hand on towel. You will then start to push cuticles back. You want enough pressure to remove cuticle that have been building up on base of nail. Do this at base of nail as well as up then sides, then clean out underneath nail. Buff nail to get any extra organic matter off nail as well as shine any scratches in nail. Repeat with other hand.
Get hand scrub and massage any rough spots, repeat to other hand. Get hot towel out of cavi and make sure temperature of towel is okay to client. Let hands sit in hot towel while gently rubbing hands, let soak on hands for a couple minutes. Remove one hand and rub scrub off it and place on top of towel after cleaned off. Repeat with other hand. Move wet towel to the side.
Get lotion and start massaging hands and arms. Make sure that the pressure feels okay to client. Work lotion into skin after it is absorbed move to other hand. Work up the arm and across it, move to wrists then hands and fingers. Don't rush this process its the most relaxing for you clients. After you are done with massage remove any lotion from nail with cotton that has alcohol on it. You may then place base coat. Do this to all ten fingers, it gives first nails time to dry so that you may move to next coat. You will then place colored polish. You will most likely need to do this multiple times to get desired color as well as fix any brush strokes you may see. You want to try to get nail covered in three strokes. After finished with color you may move to your top coat. After nails are dry you may place a cuticle oil as well as a hand toner for a fresh finish.

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