Getting a manicure is a ritual most women love. You have your favorite little salon with those big comfy leather chairs that also function as masseuses. It is your time to pamper yourself, choose your seasonal color that will go with your outfits for the week, and just have some much needed alone time. But when choosing the right salon if you haven’t done so already there are a few things you want to be aware of. You don’t want a bad manicure or even one that leaves you with a fungus or another nasty skin affliction.
The Work Station And Equipment
First off, you want to go to a salon that is both affordable and above all CLEAN. If you see that the work station that your manicurist is using is covered in nail clippings, hair, or just dirt from past manicures you should run away. The next thing you want to examine are the tools being used. Do you see sterilization containers that have used tools sitting in them? If the answer is yes, then that is a good sign. You do not want a tool that has been used on other people because it could transfer harmful bacteria to your own hands causing infection. You can also watch the manicurist clean her station from the client before you to assess what products are used and if it is up to your standards of cleanliness. You can always opt to bring your own equipment as well that way you know everything is clean but still have a professional doing your nails.
As the manicure begins it should start with a soak for your hands to soften up your cuticles as well as a cream that works as a cuticle softener. Your cuticles are not actually supposed to be completely cut off because they contribute to the health of the nail and keep bacteria out. Make sure your manicurist is simply softening your cuticles and then using a wooden tool with a blunted tip to just push them back a bit if they need it.
Nail Polish and Gel Removal
Removing nail polish is easy, it just takes some acetone and a good moisturizer post-removal but gel is something else. It is rock hard and removing it takes time and patience which can mean that manicurists lose money if they are patient during the removal process. Hence, this is why most will soak it briefly then grab a metal tool to try and scrape it all off which can damage your nail beds. A good manicurist will have each nail soak individually for upwards of half an hour until the gel is soft enough to be gently removed with a plastic tool. No vicious scraping should ever be involved.
Remember a lot of the time you get what you pay for!