Do you ever get the feeling your manicurist is mad at you? If you’ve experienced some passive-aggressive tutting or side-eye glances of late, you may have committed one of the six deadly nail sins.
The big six were identified in the Insider Survey from Professional Beauty, which polled nail technicians to find out their biggest pet peeves – and includes some very common bad habits.
Want to stay in your salon’s good books? Here are the things your need to stop doing ASAP…
6. Applying hand cream just before an appointment
In order to file, trim and tend to your nails, your manicurist needs to be able to hold on to your fingers one at a time.
You make think you’re being considerate by slathering on moisturiser before you head to the salon, but the slippy surface actually makes the job a lot harder.
So skip the hand cream – it will be applied at the end of your manicure anyway.
5. Going for a manicure when you’re ill
Having your nails done involves getting pretty close to your manicurist, so if you’re coughing, sneezing and spluttering you’re putting them at risk of catching your lurgy.
Do the decent thing and reschedule your appointment for when you’re less contagious.
4. Cutting your cuticles
There’s a reason manicurists take time to soften your cuticles with oil and push them back before gently cutting them with a sterilised trimmer – one false move and you’ll end up with a bloody nick that could easily become infected.
This tricky task should be left to a professional – do not try it at home.
3. Biting your nails
Do we really have to remind you of something your mum’s be telling you since you were a child?
Biting your nails leaves them looking ragged and unhealthy and makes it harder for a nail tech to do their job.
2. Not wearing rubber gloves for housework
Everyone wants a long-lasting manicure, but how do you expect to avoid chipped polish and broken nails if you don’t use rubber gloves for cleaning and other jobs around the house?
So pop on a pair of Marigolds whenever you’ve got chores to do. Your pristine paint job – and your manicurist – will thank you.
1. Picking off your gel manicure
Taking the top spot is this polish pet peeve, with 55% of nail pros surveyed saying they wish their clients wouldn’t pick off their gel nail polish.
Why is it such a problem? Because when the polish is cured under the UV light it bonds with the keratin in your nails (a type of protein) so when you peel it off you’re weakening your nails.
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🤓🤓🤓 . . P.S. Picking off your Gel Polish, or any nail product causes damage to your natural nails. The product is bonded to the top layer of your nail, which gets peeled off every time you force off the Polish / Gel / Acrylic. Do that too many times and you will be left with thin, weak nails that won't hold onto new product. Product doesn't damage your nails, but this does. . . #nailkandy #savethenails #nail911 #nailtechlife #nailtechs #nailmeme #nailmemes #nailcare #gelpolish #jewelsnottools #naildamage #weaknails #thinnails
It’s much better to have the polish properly removed in the salon or soak it off at home using acetone, cotton wool and kitchen foil.
Don’t feel bad if you’re a serial peeler, though – even Victoria Beckham admitted last year that she picks off her polish during board meetings.
- Press Association