I'm back with more tips while you're in the manicure chair! Let's take a sarcastic look at some things you should never do while getting your nails done. Following these tips will not only make your nail tech is happy but will ensure you leave the salon with gorgeous nails!
Tip #1 - DON'T bring a snack or Lunch to your appointment!
You might be wondering who does this. Believe it or not it does happen. Some people book their nail appointment during their lunch break and think they can eat while getting their nails done. Can I get a BLT design with actual food? That's a hard NO!! While it is a crazy thing and you can watch videos of people doing that online I don't personally know any nail tech who works with food. Can you imagine your poor nail tech trying to work around the mayo under your nails or bread crumbs that got stuck to the gel on your nails while you eat? Not only is that unsanitary but it's oh so GROSS!! Keep your food out of the salon please.
Tip #2 - DON'T take phone calls!
This has got to be every nail tech's biggest pet peeve. Not only does she not want to hear your phone conversation but she's on a schedule and doesn't want to run behind while you take your call. Let me paint you a picture of how this usually goes.
Your nails tech just finishes applying gel to your nails and asks you to put your hand into the light BUT you got a phone call and you HAVE to answer it. You take the call and don't notice that as you chat the gel has run into your cuticles. You finish the call and quickly stick your hand in the lamp.
Your nail tech is freaking out because she wanted to see the nail before you put it in the lamp. She knew there would be a mess to clean but now the gel has now begun to cure and she has a hot mess to fix. She's on a time crunch her next client is due to arrive in 10 min so she does the best she can to remove the gobs of gel that has run into your cuticles. and cured there. Your nails will most likely lift before your next appointment and you will blame your nail tech because your nails didn't last even though it was your fault because you HAD to take that call. Unless it's an emergency please stay off your phone!
Tip #3 - DON'T wear a fuzzy sweater or put your hands in your pocket!
Did you know that each layer of gel cures with a tacky layer so until your nail tech is finished your nails are super sticky dust magnets? Winter is here and it's cold so you decide to wear a brand new sweater that tends to shed to your nail appointment. It'll be fine cause you can just roll up your sleeves. As your nail tech works your sleeves keep creeping down your arm so you keep pushing them back up before putting your hand in the lamp. You don't notice all the lint that was stuck to your nails until you remove your hand from the light. Your nail tech looks at you and looks at your nails....bad thoughts are running through her head.......
Your forgot to send your inspiration photo ahead of time so you reach into your pocket or purse to grab your phone. When you take your hand out your nails are covered in lint, hair and all kinds of unidentified fuzz. Unless you're going for a lint covered nail design keep your hands on the table at all times.
Tip #4 - DON'T move you hand while it's curing!
I know it sounds ridiculous but there are clients who do this. They tap their fingers in the light to their favourite song or they just simply can't sit still. I've had clients cure their fingers to my bulbs because they just aren't careful. Some will bang their nails while putting them in the lamp so they cure with a nice dent. Be careful. As soon as the lamp turns on the gel still start to cure. The lamps we use have finger slots. If your fingers are not in these slots your gel will not cure properly. Your nail appointment should be a time to relax and unwind and forget about the business of the day. Slow down. Chill out!!
Tip #5 - DON'T bring your nail tech your broken nails!
Why.....just WHY? I will never ever understand why clients do this. It's not like we're going to stick them back on and I definitely don't want to touch them it's gross. Nail techs can tell by looking at your nails if they just popped off or if they were pried off. You don't need to bring nail techs the broken nail. Throw it out!!!!
Most of the time a lifted nail is the fault of the client but unfortunately clients always blame their nail tech. Are you taking care of your nails? Are you using cuticle oil daily? Do you wear gloves every time you do dishes or clean? Do you use your nails as tools? Are you a picker? Every nail tech cringes when a client says my nail just fell off. I always want to say: "so you just sat at home with pot holders on your hands? You did absolutely nothing when your nail just fell off? You didn't shower, get dressed, fix your hair, put your seat belt on or drive here? "
Look at the photo below that nail didn't just pop off there's some damage to that nail!!
Beautiful nails don't just happen by accident. They take time and patience. I hope you enjoyed some of the silly stories I used to illustrate my points.