Every salon\therapist has their own way in performing a manicure. Some offer quick fixes, some offer luxury extras but all should provide a standard level of service. Do you know what that involves? Or are you happy as long as your nails look nice? Bottom line is, if the manicure or pedicure treatment is not performed correctly, it could cause you a whole load of issues; from product lifting, bacterial infections and product overexposure to name but a few!
In this post I am going to outline what I believe is the correct procedure when it comes to performing a manicure and all the steps that should be performed during your treatment.
Your therapist should check the health of your nails to ensure there are no contraindications to the treatment
Your nails should be cleansed with a sanitiser to eliminate bacteria
A small amount of cuticle remover should be applied to the cuticle area only. The traditional wet manicure should not be used when applying Shellac as we do not want the nails to soak up water.
A 240/240 grit file should be used to shape the free edge of the nail. The therapist
should ask your preferred shape if you are a new client or offer advise on the best shape for your nail.
Using a cuticle chisel or knife, the therapist will
gently lift the cuticle from the nail plate. Please note, this should not be performed on a dry nail as this could cause damage, hence the application of a cuticle remover.
Any loose cuticle should be nipped away with a pair of cuticle nippers. Only dead cuticle should be removed and there should be
no nipping of the eponychium.
The nail plate needs to be sanitised/cleansed to eliminate any debris, dust or particles from the nail.
Now this is where you ask to have a nail colour applied or perform an oil buff, depending on your preference.
Once the nail coating chosen has been applied, the therapist should finish the treatment with an application of Solar Oil and hand moisturiser.
As mentioned at the start, this is my way of performing a Manicure, all therapists have their own routine, but if you are paying above £20 for your treatment, they too should include steps 1 -7 to ensure you are getting the full service you are paying them for.
There are a couple of things which I hate to see. Now you may well be happy with the service you have been provided but there are a couple of points to look out for to ensure your nail health is not compromised.
1. There should be no polish or shellac on the skin folds around your nails, neither flooded into the cuticle. This is called messy painting and if done regularly can cause product overexposure and allergic reactions.
2. The nails should look smooth, no pitting or lumps. This will result in your manicure not lasting as long, as the layers have been contaminated with something or applied to thick or thin.
3. Red, aggravated skin around your nails, particularly the cuticle area. This is usually caused because a therapist has nipped your eponychium instead of your cuticle. If the eponychium is nipped this can compromise the seal between the nail fold and matrix which can lead to damage and bacterial infections.
4. Over filing of the natural nail - some salons like to use an electric file to remove product from the nail, this is only to save time! If your nail plate is filed, it should be done lightly using a very fine grit file to buff.
I hope that this helps you understand the level of service you should expect when receiving a manicure or pedicure, after all it is a luxury we should all enjoy.
Love & Respect