Service Skill: Giving a Manicure

  • Create a soothing environment.  Offer a basic selection of drinks, snacks, and/or entertainment.
  • Place towel, then adequately sized bowl or basin with hot water (as hot as comfortable) and desired additions, on a table at a comfortable height where you can sit across from each other. Essential oils of choice and bubbles make a traditional luxurious touch. Ensure good task lighting. 
  • Remove old polish if needed.  
  • Soak fingertips/hands for ten to fifteen minutes. 
  • Use a cuticle pusher to push back cuticles, removing loose dead skin around the nail. If there’s a lot, you might want to use a cuticle trimmer.
  • Trim, file, and buff nails. Gently clean under nails with the cuticle pusher. 
  • Dry, then moisturize and massage hands. Apply cuticle oil to cuticles and nails; massage in.  
  • Apply a clear base coat, two coats of desired color, and a clear top coat. Let coats dry completely before the next one; keep them thin and even. Keep common polish colors on hand. 

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