Your clients come to you, their nail professional, to make sure that their nails are healthy and their manicures are pristine. But having healthy hands goes beyond buffing and filing. We spoke with Shel Pink, founder of SpaRitual, and Jennifer Mather, business development manager for CND and Revlon Professional Brands, for their health recommendations in and out of the salon.
1. Read the labels
Using products that contain good-for-you ingredients is as important for you, the nail artist or technician, as it is for your clients, so ensure that your salon is stocked with the best products for both the staff and clients. Pink explains that SpaRitual was founded with the mentality that nail artists and technicians are “on the first line to being exposed to products because they’re using them so much and can affect their health, so I wanted to develop a product that was healthy for them in a professional market.”
Using the SpaRitual Unveil Peel-Off Basecoat to make removing stubborn sparkly polishes much easier, without damaging the nail.
The SpaRitual Handprint Hand Serum hydrates and helps improve skin tone and texture with ginger root and pumpkin fruit extracts and licorice root.
2. Do your research
When searching for a brand to use in your salon, understanding what each of the ingredients and products does is important because, as Pink explains, “If you’re using a healthier product, you’ll educate your client on it as well.” For SpaRitual, the Handprint Hand Serum uses licorice root to brighten skin and pumpkin fruit extract to promote elasticity, while the new CND RescueRXx uses a keratin protein to restore strength to brittle nails.
The new CND RescueRXx restores keratin to strengthen nails, while the jojoba and almond oils help keep them moisturized, reducing breakage.
3. Clip lightly
You may know how to properly care for cuticles in the salon, but your clients may not, so ensuring that they also know proper care is valuable. As Mather explains, “The skin around the sides of the nails that we commonly refer to as the cuticle is actually the eponychium, living tissue that should remain uncut.” She suggests using a curette along with the CND CuticleAway to gently remove the true cuticle, “the nonliving tissue that looks dry and sticks to the nail plate,” instead of scissors, to prevent cuts and possible infection.
4. Educate your clients
Explaining to your client that external stressors like sun damage or manipulating the cuticle too much could affect their hand health or increase signs of aging without proper care is important to mention. Mather recommends explaining the three Cs—“care, condition and coat”—for at-home care in between appointment. This means “conditioning the nails daily to increase flexibility and prevent breakage, peeling and chipping, hydrating throughout the day to restore moisture lost from the skin, and coating nails to give them a bit of extra strength.”
Massage the CND Solar Oil into nails and cuticles to keep them soft and conditioned.
5. Prescribe a treatment
If your client has problems with chipping or peeling nails or has dark spots on her hands from sun damage, you have the opportunity to provide her with advice on how to treat her concerns. Mather recommends enhancements for those who want the extra length or suggesting the long-lasting CND Shellac over Vinylux for those with weak nails. Sending clients off with at-home care products will ensure that they’re doing their part to keep their manicures looking fresh so they can get the most out of their appointments.