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How do I take care of my acrylic or gel nails?

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Now that I got my first set of nail enhancements, how do I take care of them?
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Wearing artificial extensions involves a tradeoff : In exchange for having consistently beautiful nails, you must visit your nail technician regularly and you must use greater care to protect your nails than you did before you had them applied .Plan to see your nail technician about every two weeks, but your nail technician will determine a schedule appropriate for you.

Do not do your nail technician’s job for her. If you break a nail or if a nail begins to lift, schedule a repair appointment ; don’t fix the nails yourself . Gluing down a loose nail can cause moisture to become trapped between the nail and the extension and could possibly cause an infection . Do not bandage a broken nail either. Bandages can also trap moisture .

• Treat your nails like jewels, not tools. Wear gloves when you do any kind of housework or gardening, use a soda can opener on pop tops, and dial the phone with the eraser end of a pencil.

If you are wearing polish or a French manicure, apply a top coat every other day to prevent chipping and yellowing. If you are out in the sun frequently, you may need to apply top coat every day. Your nail technician can recommend a top coat with UV inhibitors made especially to prevent yellowing.

Your nail technician will recommend an application (whether it be acrylic, gel, or a wrap) and a nail length that best suits your hands and your lifestyle. For example, if you are especially hard on your nails because you work on the computer or do heavy work ,shorter nails may be best for you .

Keep your cuticles soft by applying cuticle cream, cuticle oil, or a thick lotion once a day. Try this hand-softening trick : Slather your hands with lotion before you put rubber gloves on to wash dishes. The heat of the dishwater will help skin absorb the lotion , and when the dishes are done your hands will be soft.

Reschedule your appointment if you are ill. If you have a contagious skin or nail condition , wait until it clears before visiting the salon again. Make an appointment with your dermatologist if these conditions persist.

Very few clients will discover that they are allergic to an ingredient in some nail products. An allergic reaction is characterized by redness, itching, swelling, or irritation a round the nail or around the eyes and mouth . If you develop any of these symptoms, call your nail technician . She will help you determine what ingredients you’re having a reaction to and will take steps to help you avoid them . If necessary, she can probably refer you to a dermatologist . Do not ignore a condition that develops around the nail.

If for some reason you decide that you no longer want to wear artificial nails, do not take them off yourself! Although it may seem the simplest way to do it, pulling the nails of f can damage your natural nail and make regrowth a long and painful process. Artificial nails can be safely removed if done correctly by your nail technician.

Health and Safety Issues

The statements below are based on the New York State, Nail Specialty Licensing law. Never the less, they are definitely common sense rules for today's nail client and Nail Technician. Laws vary from state to state and that obviously means some of the items below are NOT required or mandated by your state laws. You can check with your state's licensing department for special requirements of your state.

  • In almost every state in the US, Nail Technicians are licensed. The license should be posted in plain view. If you do not see it.. ask to, or leave!

AIDS is no longer something that can happen to some one else. We all have to be aware and cautious.

  • Metal implements used by the technician should be cleaned and disinfected with hospital grade disinfectant after each use.
  • Nail files and other disposable tools and implements should be used on you and ONLY YOU. Files may be put away for your next appointment. Towels, paper or cloth, should be disposed of or put in a covered container for laundering.
  • The client and the operator should wash their hands with antibacterial soap BEFORE starting the service.
  • The table should be clean and disinfected before your service is started.

Above all enjoy your new nails and all the wonderful compliments you will be getting!!

The information in this document is provided to you so you can keep your new nails in perfect condition at all times.

Please read this information carefully. If you have any questions, please consult your nail technician. She will be pleased to answer all of your questions.

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