The Art of Hand Massage

The digital edition of Nails Magazine came out today! My tutorial on The Art of Hand Massage is on page 123 with a link to the video on my YouTube channel The Meticulous Manicurist. If you have not checked it out please do. I hope you support my efforts and share with your friends hwsozze. I look forward to another productive year filled with new videos. You can also find blog posts with great information on here is the link to the magazine article

How to help a client after someone ruined their nails

How to recognize and recover from damage on the nail plate.

As much as we wish the care of our clients nails was solely in our hands, sometimes the sh@t just hits the fan. So you haven’t seen a client in a few months. Your schedule was too busy and they couldn’t get in or maybe they were out-of-town. But the dreaded thing happened, they saw another nail technician who ruined their nails. How in the world could a nail technician ruin someone’s nails by giving them a manicure you ask? Well I am glad you asked. Take a look at the picture
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here on the right. Tell me what you see. What color do you see in her nail that should not be there? Let’s start at the bottom and work our way to the tip. We see her healthy looking Lunula, the flesh-colored nail and then wham dark pinky red color followed by a peeling thinned out free edge. Someone filed the top of her nail plate with something other than a 240 grit buffer! That dark pink color is a thinned out section of her nail. The surface of the nail plate has been removed and we are super close to the nail bed. File a few more layers off and she will have a hole in her nail! Her nails feel vulnerable when you touch them, so let’s not touch that area at all. buy cialis

Who knows how long this is going to take to grow out? If a nail grows 1/8″ every couple of weeks this is going to take about 4 months to grow out and become strong again. Here is a photo of the pinky on the right hand. You can see the color change in this nail plate as well.


I would normally suggest having a thin layer of acrylic applied just over the damaged area and let it grow up and off. But she is an artist who works in too many solvents. The acrylic would never last. I don’t want to apply gel polish because I don’t want to take the chance of those paint solvents lifting that off her nail plate and her being tempted to pull it off causing more damage. So we are just going to have to baby these nails. Lots of protein to help make them harder and not bend so easily. Keep them polished and protected. Keep them short, because everything she bumps them into is going to make them split, crack and peel. how to get a viagra prescription from your doctor

So new and old nail technicians alike, let’s learn a lesson from the clients unfortunate experience. Be careful to never apply too much pressure with the buffer block, never use an electric file on the natural nail and never file the top of the nail plate with a nail file. I don’t know for sure what the person that caused this damage used, but I do know it was something stronger than a 240 grit buffer.

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The Cause of Splitting, Peeling Nails and Better Alternative Revealed (USA)

People are always talking about how they wish they knew what was causing their fingernails to split and peel. We hypothesize that we are too hard on our nails while doing the dishes, or use them as tools to peel or pry labels from jars or bottles. But have we ever taken a close look at the tool we use to care for our nanail clippersils at home. where to get viagra in south africa

I have never been a fan of those tricky little metal devils. When my children were born, I had to buy those teeny tiny clippers to trim their ever-growing nails. That is whenI changed my mind about nail clippers being a helpful tool. Lets first talk about the odd shape they are made in. There are curved blade clippers and straight edge blade clippers. Neither one fit the shape of a natural nail plate. The curved blade is curved in the wrong direction! We are trying to fit an arched nail plate into a concave apparatus! And the straight edge clipper gives me the heebie jeebies even more.

I recently made a video showing  your nail plate between the blades and what happens when you squeeze down, the blades actually flatten out your nail. This is such an awful feeling. It feels like the edges of my nail were just going to snap before the blades ever cut through the nail at all. Even if the nail clippers were inserted at an angle the nail still flattened out when the clippers were squeezed. The nail plate is not intended to have excess strain or stress on the layers of the nail plate. And if there is excess force it can crack the adhesion of the keratin that is holding all the layers together.

I don’t know why it took my giving birth and using clippers on my infant son to figure out the nail clippers were actually the culprit of the splitting and peeling nails of my clients. Now when I give a manicure in the salon I use a nail file to shorten the nails 99% of the time. Some clients were still having a problem with their nails splitting and peeling. And would ask what I thought the reason for that was from. I never stopped to ask if they were using clippers on their nails at home. online viagra and cialis

I decided 15 years to never use nail clippers again. I began asking my clients if they were using clippers at home and asked them to stop using them so we could see if the splitting and peeling ceased. I asked them to use a nail file if they felt the need to shorten their nails before their next visit to the salon. The clients nails improved, the splitting and peeling stopped when they started using a nail file to shorten their nails.

I do not even keep clippers at my nail station at the salon. I have had clients ask me to “clip” their nails and I tell them I will shorten them with a file or use my cuticle nippers. When you insert the edge of the cuticle nippers on the edge of the nail plate and squeeze it doesn’t bend the nail. It just shears off the length. I have had one client who just couldn’t get past not using nail clippers. She began to clip her nails at home before coming in for her manicure service. Every visit she came in with chipped, peeling nails. I tried to explain it was from her using the nail clippers but she was not convinced. It took about 6 months before I could convince her to just stop using the nail clippers for 3 appointments. Let me shorten your nails and see if your nail polish chips off and your nails split. She agreed. And now she is a believer. Her nails are doing wonderfully with no chipping, no splitting, no peeling. where to order viagra online

Now if you don’t have a problem with your nails splitting or cracking, that is great. But if you are, and you are using those little metal nail clippers, it may be time to do a little experiment of your own. Go buy a nice nail file to shorten and shape your nails with for a while and let’s see what happens 🙂 viagra sale usa

There is also a video coming out in the next few weeks on my YouTube channel, about how to apply the correct amount of pressure on your nail file to avoid damaging your nail plate, so watch for that. Be sure to subscribe and you will be notified so you can be one of the first to watch it.


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