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As a (partially) reformed nail biter and consummate polish piggler, I can honestly say that I envy women who have perfect- looking natural nails; you know the ones who always have immaculate cuticles and long, healthy nail beds, whether they are wearing polish or going au natural.


As such, I must confess I’ve tried everything, from stick-on enhancements to hiding behind chunky glittery polishes to cheat my way to beautiful-looking nails, but in my 30 odd years of existence I’ve never actually had a fully prescriptive manicure.


That’s not to say I haven’t tried ‘prescriptive’ manicure products, from ridge-fillers to strengtheners and even nutritional supplements, but no matter what I try I never seem to get the results I’ve been looking for, and I genuinely believe it’s because I have a tendency to self-diagnose the problem.


“Contrary to popular belief, long, strong nails can be achieved by anyone, no matter what their nail condition, but they must be carefully treated on a regular basis with the correct formula for their nail type,” explains Grafton International.


So who better to discuss their nail type with, than you, their nail technician! Somebody who deals with nails on a daily basis; has trained in the anatomy of nails and who is able to prescribe the best possible course of action.


“Nails are like hair, no one product suits every nail type, so clients need to be advised on what treatment products would benefit their nails best, and


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“Contrary to popular belief, long, strong nails can be achieved by anyone, no matter what their nail condition.” Grafton International.


salons and nail technicians should make these available to their clients,” adds Bio Sculpture.


Diagnose & repair


Of course, making the right diagnosis for your clients’ nail care needs all stems from the initial consultation, as Susan Gerrard, of Gerrard International, details: “A thorough consultation is central to the success of your clients’ treatments, and this should take place at the beginning of every manicure.


“It is important to both ask your clients what their nail concerns are as well as questions about their lifestyle, and to thoroughly analyse the nails. The manicurist can then work to tailor the nail treatment, targeting the needs of each client with prescriptive base coats and treatment products.”


So what are the main problems to look out for when it comes to diagnosing your clients’ nail woes?


“The main problem we come across is lack of strength,” says Steven Rhys Wells, Creative Director of Cuccio Europe. “The majority of us feel we lack


strong nails and breakages are a common annoying occurrence. This is particularly frustrating when you have nine absolutely amazing nails and one that’s broken down to the pink.


“Another common problem is flaky, dehydrated nails,” adds Steven. “The initial thought with this type nail is to cover them up with some sort of artificial overlay. Unfortunately this only hides the problem and often makes the dehydration and flakiness worse.


“These are only a few examples of n-ailments, there are so many nail types out there that everyone needs a specific diagnosis when receiving treatment,” Steven concludes. “Take the time to look and prescribe a personalised plan of treatments when your client comes in for consultation. Not only will this make a whole world of difference to your client but will also set you above your competition for customer care service.”


Turn the page to see a selection of prescriptive manicure products to keep your clients nail care woes at bay…


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