Caring For Your Nails
Caring for your natural nails
and/or your acrylic extensions.
If you prefer to grow your natural nails it is recommended that you begin your regular routine of care by treating yourself to a professional manicure. A well trained, qualified Technician should be able to advise you of the most beneficial and cost effective treatment for your particular needs. At MBM Training Academy our Consultation Service is free and our very experienced Nail Technicians will happily endeavour to answer any of your questions about problem nails, acrylic extensions and more - don't forget about your feet and toenails too, they're just as important to your overall grooming as your hair, your face and your hands.
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The following guidelines are for both natural and artificial nails
1. Always use a non-acetone (acetone free) nail polish remover. Removers that contain acetone will dry out the cuticles and hands and will break down any enhancement coatings.
2. Use the end of a pencil to dial or push buttons on the telephone, calculator and such in order to prevent wear and tear on your nails and polish.
3. Open car doors, dresser drawers etc. with the side of your finger. If you've recently had nail extensions done it is wise to approach such daily tasks slowly at first. Give yourself a chance to become used to your new longer nails.
4. Use a coin or other flat, strong object to open pop top cans or unfasten latches.
5. If you always pretend that your nails have just been freshly painted and may still be wet you will be more conscious of them and less likely to have careless accidents.
7. Dirty nails spread bacteria fast no matter whether they are natural or acrylic. Bacteria under nails can often cause skin and nail problems and dampness under nails can lead to fungal infections and other serious problems. Always dry hands and nails thoroughly. Using a good quality hand and cuticle cream and/or cuticle oil, morning and night (more often if your hands are in water a lot) will prevent your hands and nails from drying out.
8. Keep a soft toothbrush in the shower to effectively and thoroughly clean under your nails.
9. Cotton lined rubber gloves should be worn for such tasks as gardening, dishes, scrubbing and cleaning around the house. Unlined gloves cause your hands to perspire and the moisture will soften nails making them easy to break and tear.
10. If you break a nail have your Technician repair it as soon as possible. Natural nails are as effectively repaired as acrylic ones provided they are done by a qualified Technician.
11. Beautiful hands, feet and nails are very much a part of today's women's beauty routine. By following the above guidelines your nails will stay strong, long and beautiful. We're sure you will receive many compliments on your lovely nails.
Note: For natural nails, a regular monthly manicure is recommended. For acrylic/artificial nails, a back-fill (in-fill) should be done every 3 - 4 weeks. Many clients like to have one or two file and paints between back-fills.
Note: Back-fills (in-fills) are scheduled for two reasons: a] The new nail growth changes the balance of the nails by pushing the new nail further over the free edge of the fingertips, increasing the risk of breakage and 2] The flexible new growth, now exposed to moisture and oil, can sometimes cause the acrylic to lift, especially since the acrylic is purposely made thinner near the cuticle for a more natural appearance.
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