Nail Care & Advice
I’m a terribly nerdy nail girl and have been in the beauty industry for over 24 years. I get told horror stories all the time about terrible treatments. “They ruined my nails and it took me months if not years to recover” or even worse "My nails have never been the same since” So here is my nail care and advice to all you wonderful readers or potential clients out there.
This is a must read for anyone wanting beautiful natural nails or ladies that are visiting salons. If you love to have you nails done either way this will help you understand your nails a little better.
- Make sure you use cuticle Oil. Its not just the tech trying to make money, this is a vital part of the home care. It will keep the Proximal nail fold in tip top condition and penetrates into the nails. Even through Gel or Acrylics and keeps them supple. It helps make the nails more water proof as nails are porous. They are just a bunch of tightly packed together cells with microscopic holes in them. They actually are better covered up with gels, polish or nail enhancements.
- If you have been to an unqualified nail tech or somewhere that’s uses nasty cheap products you need to stop.
- Damage and pain during a nail appointment ladies is WRONG! This should NEVER happen.
- A good establishment never use drills the wrong way. Drills are just bad on so many levels if incorrectly used. I personally hated them and never used one. One slip and you have gone into someone’s nail bed causing serious damage.
- The place you visit shouldn’t use MMA. This is a very nasty smelly cheap chemical that is banned in some places around the world. You will know if you’re in one of these salons as the staff have to wear masks. It is toxic to inhale the fumes and it sticks like glue to the nail bed, good yes as they ‘don’t lift’ I hear all the young girls cry…. But what happens when you have one of those rare accidents and catch your finger.
- Try to find somewhere that does soak off gels or acrylics. They are strong and flexible, they last without lifting but will pop off the nail leaving no damage if traumatised. I don’t mean picking either! The cheap ones will come off to but they will take the entire nail bed with it. Trust me you don’t want this to happen.
- Where possible get sculpted nails done rather than plastic tips. This is the most accomplished way of having nails done. It will be far superior to anything else you will ever have done. A paper form sits under the nail and will fit to every curve of your own nail. So they feel like nothing is even attached. They are just wonderful to have done. If you find a technician that does this you know you have found a real artist. If you insist on nail tips fined someone who has multiple size tips to fit the shape of your natural nail and then blends and thins them down prior to fitting.
- Don’t allow the tech to cut the cuticle. Cutting cuticles is another area that is a huge misconception for clients. The cuticle is NOT that bit of skin at the bottom of the nail. That’s living tissue and should NEVER be cut. If there is excess and its thick its due to either the you picking at it or continuous cutting by a tech. Or in some cases you owning nippers!!! The worst, consumers that think they know what they are doing. You don’t. Leave it to the professional please.That skin at the bottom is called the Proximal nail fold and protects the root of the nail. If you have ever been in a salon and cuticle nippers are used to trim this and you have bled. Don’t go back. The cuticle is on top of the nails and its just a crumbly reside that can be gently pushed back and it looks like powder it’s not Skin!! Nippers are only used to “nip” off bits that get caught and are still attached to the nail bed. Or to “nip” hang nails. That’s all, never all the skin at the bottom. Rant over!!
- Don’t use buffers at home. Buffers ladies should really only be used by a trained technician. Nails are made of about 100 layers of DEAD cells. They DO NOT breathe and don’t have lungs. They are DEAD dead dead. The only living part is your half moon. This is actually part of the root that’s exposed. So if you can’t see moons, its ok they are just hidden beneath the skin. Buffers create a wonderful shine but don’t over buff as it will thin the nails and over time they will get damaged. Don’t buff till they get red as this just means the nails are so thin you can see blood flow or that your close to the blood flow. Scary if a nail tech does this.
- Wear rubber gloves when doing chores like bleaching or washing up with detergents or solvents. These will wreck the nails and why would you do that! Its like putting your best silk dress in the washing machine, you just wouldn’t do it and expect it to last and look perfect. Even if its to save the skin on your hands! That cloth that’s got bleach all over it, would you rub it on your face?” Think I have made my point!
- Have regular appointments if you have gels or enhancements. Ladies any type of nail treatment means maintenance. Most people need an appointment with their tech every 2/3 weeks. Some can stretch to 3 weeks but that’s just due to the individual having a good shape, probably oiling, wearing gloves, using a dishwasher and having a cleaner!
- Nails are high maintenance make no mistake. If you get your nails done in a salon I love this saying “Nice nails aren’t Cheap and Cheap nails aren’t nice” So when you see full sets of advertised for £20. Walk past very quickly. These places won’t be using quality nail products and they will be applying a plastic tip with nasty MMA products over the top. If you are a Nail professional reading this you have my permission to link to this article and share it. If you are a consumer reading this please look after your nails and cherish them as much as the technician who did them for you!