From Cuticle to Tip: 5 Tips For Choosing A Nail Technician

From Cuticle to Tip: 5 Tips For Choosing A Nail Technician

Whether you’re going in for your first full set or just a fill, you should always make sure your nail technician is maintaining a safe practice as well as a quality finish.

  1. First and foremost, you should ensure that the tools your nail technician use are sanitised. Sterilisation of the instruments ensures that any bacteria and fungal infections are not transferred. A good nail technician should be using at least, hospital-grade disinfectant. If you aren’t sure, it is fine to ask them what their procedure is.
  2. Most nail technicians should have a strong social media presence, showcasing their work and have a community with their clients. This shows the nail tech is professional and credible.
  3. A good nail technician will always stock the latest colours and products. This shows they keep up with science studies and the benefits these products can have for your nails. A nail technician that stocks unlabelled products or diluted polishes may not be reputable, don’t be shy to ask what they are.
  4. Communication. It is essential to the service that you are able to communicate clearly with your technician. If you can’t ask these questions and have them confidently explain the practice, that may be a clear sign they don’t know how to care for your nails and provide you a safe service.
  5. Lastly, a good nail technician wont cause you any discomfort. Nail techs that rip off artificial nails or saw off natural nails when filing, do not respect your nails or care for them.

Nail Technician Nail Work

If you are uncertain about the credibility of your nail salon, ask to see your nail technicians certifications. To find out more about nail salon safety, read ABC News article featuring industry insider, Athena Elliott

Click here to learn more about Jeanette Thomas Nail Studio, her nail technology training school and her awards.


Nail Aftercare

Nail Aftercare

Finding a nail technician that you truly trust and adore is no easy feat. But there’s only so much that we, as nail technicians, can do to ensure that your nails are #onfleek in the weeks between appointments.

There is absolutely no reason that artificial nails should harm your own nails if they are applied correctly and looked after properly. We aim to enhance your nails, not damage them.

Both gel and acrylic products do not damage the nail in any way; it is the improper filing of the nail, misuse and normal wear and tear from the client in between appointment, which cause the damage.

We have put together this blog to give you a better understanding of how to care for your artificial nail enhancements and help protect your natural nails underneath.

Both gel and acrylic nail enhancement are designed to last between two and three weeks maximum.

Things to know about your nails:

  • The natural nail grows, therefore the stress point created by the nail technician for maximum strength will move down; this will create more stress on the natural and artificial nail. This stress causes lifting or bruising after the first week, more in the 2nd and 3rd weeks because of the pressure on our nails and hands when we do day-to-day activities. Lifting after this time will cause the artificial nail enhancement to lift layers of the natural nail up as it lifts off the nail plate. (making the nail plate thinner)
  • If the artificial nails lift too much between refills the nail technicians job is to remove all the lifting to seal and replace it will fresh product to ensure no bacteria or infection will happen. The more they lift each time the more times your nail technician will have to file your natural nail.? Every time your nail is filed it will become thinner and thinner.
  • If your nails are refilled every 2 to 3 weeks there will be less lifting (peeling of your natural nail) and less of your nail will be filed to be prepared for the new product. This will protect your natural nail underneath.
  • If your nails become too thin you may experience pain during and after the service as they will be more sensitive, the artificial nail enhancement will be more inclined to lift as well.
  • Lifting can cause white bruising on the natural nail as well as red hot spots when filed too much.
  • If the nail lifts too much the service will take longer and will require more product which will then be an over haul and not a refill or rebalance. An overhaul will attract an extra fee.
  • One other reason they must be filled every 2 to 3 weeks is to keep them looking natural, as this moves the growth line back up to the cuticle area so you cannot see the artificial nail grow out.

We as nail technicians have a responsibility to look after our clients nails the best we can. However, clients also need to take precautions between refills as well to maintain the health of their nails.

Here are some nail aftercare tips that YOU can do:

  • Always use gloves when using chemicals, or in soapy water for long periods of time.
  • Be gentle on your acrylic nails for at least 24hr as they are still setting and may cause problems (no house work or gardening etc.)
  • When using sorboline or lanolin based hand creams be sure to wipe the excess from the cuticle areas.
  • Use cuticle oil at least once a day to help keep the acrylic and cuticle area supple (for less stress cracks in the acrylic) and to keep the skin around the cuticle area conditioned (for less hand nails and less likely to cut during a refill or rebalance)
  • Never use nail clippers to take back length, use a file.
  • Gel clients are to never remove length at home as this will break the seal around the free edge and cause lifting.
  • Wear your nails as jewels and not to use them as tools as this will cause problems with your nails.
  • Use non-acetone nail polish remover when removing polish.
  • To never tap your nails on anything (table tops) this will cause stress cracks and lifting.
  • Follow the advice of your nail technician as to how long to go between nail services.
Spray Tan Advice & Aftercare

Spray Tan Advice & Aftercare

Who doesnt love an instant healthy glow? There is nothing quite like that fresh spray tan feeling.

Here at Nail Studio, we only use premium products from Moroccan Tan including Moroccan Dusk (a four-hour tan) and Moroccan Nights (a one-hour tan).

Key Features of Moroccan Tans:

  • Fast drying, non-oily & non-sticky formula
  • Violet base – rich violet bronzers mixed with deep ashy browns that uniquely react with each skin type to ensure a perfect bronze tan.
  • Rosehip Oil – deeply nourishes and hydrates all skin types. It also helps protect the skin from premature ageing and improves the appearance of fine lines.
  • Dermal Lock ensures key ingredients are captured and absorbed deeply into your skin.
  • FT100 Firming & Toning Technology – a blend of Caffeine, Vitamins and O2 to achieve firmer skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines.
  • Triple Moisture Lock; Moroccan Tans Trademarked blend of pure Argan Oil, Vitamin E and Aloe Vera provides intense hydration for the skin, ensuring a longer lasting tan.
  • Loaded with Organic goodies; Argan Oil, Rose Hip Oil and Aloe Vera.
  • Violet based means NO orange tones
  • Sulphate and paraben free. Using only naturally derived alcohol.
  • Made in Australia

We want you to get the most out of every tan that we apply so we thought that wed share a few of our favourite before and after tips and tricks.

Pre-Spray Tan Tips

  • Remove unwanted hair from your body. Waxing or shaving 8 to 24 hours before the tan is important as the skin becomes prepared for the absorption of the tanning solution. The dead skin cells are removed from the upper layer of the skin, allowing the new and fresh skin to reap out.
  • Shower before your session. Avoid using body washes, which are extra moisturising and opt for a gel-based body wash or bar soap. Don’t forget to also wash your body with exfoliating gloves or a soft washcloth and scrub your body.
  • An essential spray tan before and after step that is often overlooked is remembering to wear loose and dark clothes to your spray tanning session. You should also wear loose shoes or flip-flops.
  • Exfoliation plays a vital role in the tanning process. Exfoliating prior to the session will remove the dead skin and extend the life of your tan.
  • Spray tanning before and after care also involves not wearing deodorant, lotions or perfumes both before and right after the spray tanning session. Deodorants tend to mix with the tanning solution and create unwanted results. In addition, makeup, perfumes and even jewellery will come in the way of the tanning solution and act as barriers for an even finish.
  • Do not apply a moisturiser or body butter before the tanning session. These create streaks in the tan as the solution slides off from the skin instead of being absorbed.

Post-Spray Tan Care

  • Do not shower for at least the instructed time after the spray tanning solution has been applied. This waiting period allows maximum tanning solution absorption for the skin.
  • After the waiting period has passed, shower in warm water (it should not be too hot) and use a light, gentle body wash. The bronzer will run out, and when the water is no longer brown, pat dry yourself with a towel.
  • Avoid activities that will make you sweat. This means no exercises, sports, dancing or jogging. You should also avoid the sun to prevent sweating. Sweating creates streaks in the tan.
  • Spray tan before and after care involves avoiding chlorinated swimming pools that easily react with the tanning solution and cause an uneven fade.
  • Moisturising the skin daily will help make the tan last longer, as well as help it to fade evenly.
  • Do not use lotions or creams on your skin, which contain Alpha Hydroxyl Acids (AHAs) or Glycolic Acid as they tend to exfoliate the skin. Use a neutralizing pH body wash.
  • Once you have bathed after the tanning session (after 6-8 hours), only then should you use perfumes, deodorants and makeup.
  • Do not touch your body while your spray tan is drying off. This can leave fingerprints.
Hair Extensions Advice & Aftercare

Hair Extensions Advice & Aftercare

Lets face it, who has the patience to grow their own luscious locks? It seriously takes forever. That’s why we use Jadore Hair Extensions. In just one visit to Nail Studio you can have the gorgeous long hair that you’ve always dreamt of.

Jadore Hair Extensions are made from 100% human Remy European or Indian hair, which means that your extensions will look completely natural and feel amazing. Jadore only sources hair of the highest available quality so that it has a very similar structure to Caucasian hair. All of their hair extensions are of a lovely thickness to ensure that they blend in perfectly with your natural locks.

When looked after properly, Jadore’s Indian hair extensions will typically last 6-8 months and the premium Russian hair extensions can last 12 months+.

Jadore hair extensions only use Remy cuticle hair. This means that the hair is collected with all strands running in the same direction to ensure that the hair cuticle layer is facing the same direction from root to tip, just as they do in natural hair. This process helps to reduce tangling and ensures that the hair extensions look and feel natural.

Here at Nail Studio we offer tape hair extensions and clip in tape extensions can be ordered on request. We absolutely adore the Jadore products and know that you will too. To ensure that you get the most out of your hair extensions we have compiled a few care instructions:

Before your appointment:

  • Before your appointment to apply tape/skin weft tape extensions, make sure that you shampoo your hair twice with deep cleanse/clarifying shampoo and do not apply any conditioner or leave in products

Looking after your hair extensions:

  • Section up and brush hair daily with Jadore extension brush
  • Always hold?your hair at the attachments when brushing?to minimise tension and prevent any slipping or breakage
  • Never use products containing protein (this can cause tangling/matting and is irreversible even after one use)
  • Concentrate shampoo on the roots only- this will prevent unnecessary knotting and tangling of extensions
  • Apply conditioner to the mid lengths and ends only – application to the roots/bonds may cause slipping/movement of extensions
  • Apply J’adore Moroccan Argan oil to mid lengths and ends daily, particularly prior to heat styling.
  • Apply regular moisture treatments
  • Dry hair gently on low to medium heat
  • Do not lighten the hair, semi-permanent colours to be used only to tone or deepen the level
  • Do not sleep with wet hair, always tie in a plait or braid when sleeping
  • Apply a heat protectant before using any thermal styling tools
  • Plait hair before swimming
  • Rinse hair after swimming in pool or salt water
  • Extensions require maintenance every 6-8 weeks to keep your natural hair safe, damage free and manageable
  • When having tape/skin weft tape extensions applied do not wash or wet hair for at least 48 hours after application to ensure bonds seal securely
Jeanette competed at the following events:

– 3rd in Gel Category for sculptured tip & overlay