Most women I know love treating themselves to a manicure every once in a while, whether it be for a job interview or just making sure they stand out at a party. It’s a quick, affordable way to get a small confidence boost, and to pamper themselves. But… what happens if you get your nails done by someone who is unqualified or uses products that end up damaging or discolouring the nail? The answer is that your little treat could end up being detrimental to the condition of your nails.
I have heard many horror stories about women getting their nails done and coming away having had a completely different experience than what they had hoped for, whether it be because of an unqualified nail technician or because of nail-weakening products.
Bearing this in mind here is my step-by-step guide to ensuring that your little treat for your nails stays just that- a treat.
Step 1: This is especially relevant if you are using a mobile nail technician, but it is also important if you go to a nail salon- Check your nail technician has insurance. Ask them what type of insurance they have and also if they have proof of their insurance. Then for extra peace of mind, call or e-mail the insurance company to verify the insurance.
Step 2: Check your nail technician is qualified. Similar to Step 1 ask for the type of qualification they have and also if they have certification of their qualification. Then call up the qualification provider to verify it. Also if you are having a specialist treatment done, for example acrylic nails, ask your nail technician if they have had the additional training to do these services.
Step 3: Enquire about the types of products used: Ask your technician what brand of nail polish they use, then research the brand and look closely at the ingredients list. If there are any that you are unsure about, ask your technician about them. Also if they are using a nail polish remover make sure it is a non-acetone remover as acetone can be damaging for the nails.
This will help make sure that your next manicure gives you the best experience possible.