Most people naturally think of hair and makeup when they hear the word “salon,” but as we frequently remind our students at Collectiv Academy, there’s another important area to consider: Nails.
Many people come to the salon solely for care and design on their nails, and this is a big part of our cosmetology school program. Becoming a trusted source of nail design and health is a great way to help build your customer base and get new referrals. As a primer, let’s look at a few basic nail tips you can give clients.
Regularly trimming nails is one of the most important things clients can do to maintain their health and overall appearance. It’s recommended that they’re trimmed at least once every two weeks, and more often in some cases. There are allowances to be made if a client is going for a specific style, but these are general guidelines.
Trimming often helps with this, but there are a few extra bits of cleanliness to pay attention to. Keep the nails free of dirt and debris – this can be especially tough for painted nails where seeing the dirt is tougher. If basic methods of cleaning aren’t working, try a soft toothbrush and some warm water to help reach the tough areas.
Health Means More Than Length
Long nails can often be a great look, but they shouldn’t be prioritized over health. People who have had issues with nails breaking or snagging in the past may look to other styles, like a shorter trim with a round edge. Symmetry is just as important as length in many cases. If a client has any pain or other issues with the nail, attempting to grow them too long could be the root cause.
Using the right products is vital, and this starts with the base coat when you’re painting nails. The base coat protects the nails from stains and any minor damage, plus helps make paint colors pop and shine.
On the flip side, overuse of products or using the wrong products can be very damaging. Make sure clients know which products they’re using, and any potential health effects they may have. Avoid acrylic or gel treatments, as these can damage long term nail health. Be sure to use a top coat for sealing color, and try to moisturize every time new paint is applied.
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