Whether it’s to achieve longer lengths or just a longer-lasting manicure, it all begins with healthy natural nails. we asked the experts for tips on how to start the discussion with clients and help them improve their nail condition.
As any seasoned nail tech can vouch, some clients may have been blessed with naturally long and strong talons, while others have to work hard at growing and maintaining healthy nails. The good news: There are a few simple things you can do to help clients improve their nail health.
“The main problem is the hydration,” says Liliya Leheta, an education ambassador for CND. “If nails are prone to breakage, it means they have a lack of moisture. Keeping nails hydrated should be your—and your client’s—top priority, regardless of whether they are a man or a woman.”
Addressing the Problem
“Dehydrated and brittle nails can be caused by a variety of factors, including aging, environmental factors, previous nail services or exposure to harsh ingredients,” says Sarah Melanson, a Maritimes-based senior educator for Bio Sculpture.
From brittleness to peeling to white spots, nails in poor health can affect the duration of the client’s nail service, making it all the more important for you to help them correct their nail issues. “To start, you need a good base to put the polish on or it’s not going to last,” says Leheta. “If you’re dealing with peeling nails and you apply [gel polish] on top, the piece that’s peeling is going to come off eventually.”
“Because nails are made up of layers of keratin, when they peel there are gaps forming between the keratin,” adds Leheta. “These empty gaps between the layers make nails brittle and more prone to breakage.”
skin and nails, it’s important to use treatments that are applied directly to nails for a prolonged time
in order for them to absorb and retain moisture. Leheta recommends strengthening weak and damaged nails with CND’s RescueRxx treatment,
a daily keratin treatment that reduces peeling and white spots in one to four weeks. “It needs to be applied to natural nails without any polish on them,” she advises. “The keratin protein bonds to natural nails and makes them stronger while restoring moisture inside.”
While you may have little control over your clients’ nail care regimen once they leave your salon, arming them with critical information and facts that they didn’t know about nails can greatly impact their at-home routine. “When you start talking about it with your clients, they will see that you care,” adds Leheta.
“Many of our products that are retailed for home use are also used during the salon visit, so clients are familiar with them and feel confident in their purchases—making the retail of home care items that much easier for the technician,” says Melanson. “Being up-to-date on these items will lead to better service and care for clients—and ultimately healthier nails!”