Session 7: So last week I learnt the steps to a basic manicure and this week we had to do all the steps within 45 minutes. Well let’s just say I barely made it! We included a bit of nail art to the end. You know us trini girls love fancy nails.
I was taught an easy way to do the tips, no tape required. Just angle the brush with minimum nail polish starting from one free edge and moving inwards. Repeat from the other nail edge. You so need a steady hand for this. Worst case; simply add a sparkly nail colour between to hide rough nail tips.
The even more difficult part is adding the “chicken foot” or “tree branches” to your design. I need more practice here. Just buy some false nails and practice, practice, practice.
Not bad for my first try???
This class is moving so quickly. Pedicure time today. I am both excited and nervous. So just like we did at session 6, we started off this session practicing how to meet and greet your client coming in for a pedicure. Rule number 1: Inspect your client’s feet for any diseases, cuts, red skin or inflammation before you begin. Don’t say you cannot do the pedicure but simply ask your client to treat any issues before returning for their pedicure. Rule number 2: Always wear gloves when doing a pedicure. You don’t know where their feet have been!
Basic Pedicure steps include:
1. Spray feet with methylated spirits
2. Remove old nail polish
3. File toes and buff them
4. Put cuticle remover around nail bed
5. Place foot in prepared pedicure tub. Note: Prepared tub must include warm water with Epsom salts, foot soak, antibacterial soap or any combination of these items.
6. Apply steps 1-5 on other foot
7. Leave to soak for 10-15 minutes
8. Push back cuticles with pusher or orangewood stick
9. Cut with cuticle nipper if necessary and clean under nails with nail brush
10. File under foot with pedicure file and put back into tub
11. Repeat steps 8-10 on other foot
12. Apply pedicure scrub on both feet with a massaging technique and rinse off
13. Dry feet, apply cuticle oil to nails and massage with lotion from toes to knee.
14. Take off grease from nail with nail polish remover and apply base coat, polish to desire of client and then top coat.
Now once you get the hang of doing a manicure, these pedicure steps would seem simple to remember. It’s a similar process just using the feet. Although I don’t really like this part I will stick with it since I know my mom will be asking me to start giving her at home pedicures!
Stay tuned for week 5