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From Sock Feet To Sandals – The Big Reveal!

Sock Feet to Sandal Feet- The Big Reveal

Summertime is time for those sexy sandals and means an upswing in your pedicure and foot-targeted spa treatments. Here are some tips that you can use, and others to pass on to your clients while getting their feet ready for “The Big Reveal.”

Soak, Soothe, Soften Feet

To prepare feet for their summertime makeover, soak in Epsom salts and warm water. The added salts will reduce inflammation, soothe aches and pains and soften the skin. For your clients who spend a great deal of time indoors and on their feet, recommend a foot soak every night.

After 10 minutes of soaking, use an exfoliating scrub. Massage each foot with the scrub, which will loosen dead skin and soften rough patches. If you notice any areas that need more attention, carefully use a foot file on wet skin. Once the area has been trimmed, polish the skin in a circular motion with the buffer side of the file. Rinse and pat dry.

A quick daily touch up to maintain feet is to use a dry pumice stone in a light, circular motion,  just after showering.

Condition And Moisturize

Whether it’s with a paraffin dip or by massage, apply a conditioning moisturizer. Mancine’s Tea Tree lotion is a perfect, lightweight moisturizer to apply at home also, immediately after showering, This will lock in moisture and also aid in controlling foot fungus.

Trouble spots like cracked heels deserve special attention. Apply a body butter, like Mancine’s Naturals Body Butter, directly to the affected heel and allow to penetrate during the remaining pedicure or spa treatment.

Since clients will want to take these products home, make sure to have them stocked on your shelves for resale. If a client has cracked heels or other trouble spots, recommend applying body butter again just before bed and sleeping in socks- a sure way to lock in that needed moisture!

Addressing Foot Issues

What may at first appear to be a fungus problem may instead be an accumulation of dead skin cells caused by sweat. Feet are one of the primary areas that the body sweats, and with sweat comes toxins. Considering how we ignore our feet, it is no surprise that they may get a little flaky or peel between the toes. Now is the time to mention properly fitting shoes, and shoes made out of natural materials or with proper air circulation.

Nail Fungus Issues

If you do discover a fungus problem, we recommend Amoresse Thymol to specifically treat nails. Thymol works to kill bacteria and microbes. Apply two drops to the affected nail, then advise the client to follow up with continued at-home treatment each morning and evening. One drop on the cuticle and one under the nail if possible.As the nail grows out, it will be fungus free with proper use of Thymol.

Another nighttime treatment that you can recommend is to apply a product with menthol (like Vicks or Mentholatum,) or tea tree oil. Again, if they can stand to sleep in socks, at least part of the night, it will help lock in the treatment.

The Finishing Touch

Now we need a little pizazz. Nothing looks better than a fresh coat of paint in striking, modern colors! Pastels like Baby Blues and Watermelon are the rage, but there’s nothing the matter with the summertime classics like Crimson and Persian Plum. From Basecoat to Topcoat we have the products for you!

With continued pedicures and these home treatments, your client’s feet will be in great shape!

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Putting Your Best Foot Forward – A Word About Pedicures And Other Fancy Footwork!

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Clients who come in for pedicures carry the stress of their everyday lives on their feet.

Sure, they come for a pedicure because want to have great looking feet and take a load off for a while. The ultimate goal for you though is to make their feet feel good, not just look prettier. How can you help relieve some of the tension carried in these hard working companions?

Value added services – foot massage

Have you added foot massage to all of your pedicure services? A great marketing strategy is to is to add foot massage as a freebie to all of your pedicure services for one week. Mention to your clients that they are receiving an enhanced service that is normally available with an upgraded pedicure. On their next visit, they can upgrade their service to include the massage.

Or better yet, add foot massage as an added service to every pedicure- and watch the repeat clients line up at your door! Enhancing your pedicure service with the ‘extras’ a client doesn’t even know they want, will keep them coming back for more.

10 Steps to the perfect foot massage

Become an expert in foot massage with these pointers. Make the cares of the day melt away in 10 steps:

Step 1. Grasp the leg just above the ankle and take the weight of the leg in your hands. Stroke the leg downwards towards the ankle.

Step 2. With your other hand, sweep the instep, from the heel to the ball of the foot, while balancing your hand with your thumb on top of the foot.

Step 3. Gently rotate the ankle for the client.

Step 4. While still supporting the foot with one hand, use your thumb and index finger to gently move each of the toe joints, focusing on the ball of the joint.

Step 5. Sweep each toe between your finger and thumb with a refreshing circular massage. End with a gently pinching motion for increasing blood flow.

Step 6. Back to the foot- supporting the foot with both hands, use thumbs on top of the foot to massage small circles from the base of the toes to the ankle. Repeat.

Step 7. Bottoms of the feet- remember that your client may have some sensitive zones and sore areas here. Use a firm touch, but don’t dig your thumbs into any area. Grasping the foot with your fingers on top, thumbs on bottom, stroke the foot upward from the heel to the toes. repeat 5 to 7 times.

Step 8. Now start at the toes, knead your thumbs slowly into the foot, down to the heel, using circular motions.

Step 9. Quickly repeat step 7, going back upwards towards the toes.

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Step 10. Finish the massage with a Pac-Man move- thumbs on bottom, fingers on top sweep the foot from the instep to the toes 5 times. End with a slight pinch on each of the toes to increase circulation.

 

 

 

 

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Use a natural pumice stone on dry skin over callused spots. Next, massage on a thick exfoliating scrub, to gently remove any remaining dead skin. Rinse with warm water. If you notice any areas that need more attention, carefully use a foot file on wet skin. Once the area has been trimmed, polish the skin in a circular motion with the buffer side of the file.

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Give attention to the cuticles. Remember, a healthy cuticle is a buffer from bacteria and infection, so we want to do all we can to maintain cuticle health. The toes can accumulate a lot of dead skin around the cuticles. Massage in some cuticle oil to soften the skin and exfoliate the accumulations. Then use a cuticle pusher to gently push back the cuticles as needed.

Trim nails as needed, cutting in a straight line even with the top of the toe. Use a fine grit file to round the corners.

Wipe the nail as the first step in preparing to polish.

Always use a base coat like our Lac It Base Coat for strength and polish adhesion.

Seal with a top coat after applying polish.

 

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How To Grow Long Nails Fast

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 How can you grow long nails that are strong and beautiful? This is a popular question. Many clients ask how they can get their nails to grow, and we have some practical tips for you to pass along when you are asked that question.

  • Stop biting! Biting nails can be a bad habit, or a sign of stress and anxiety. Sometimes nothing can be done about the stress, but how a person copes with it can be modified.

Recommend trying a replacement habit instead of nail biting, such as taking a drink of water every time a finger ends up in the mouth. This replacement exercise will encourage a good habit too!

Nail fungus can be wiped out with regular applications of Thymol. There are also effective home remedies, such as using a menthol vapor cream, soaking in apple cider vinegar and other treatments that have seen results.

  • Use a top coat as a strengthening agent while growing out long nails. There will be less chance of a tear, peeling or breakage if there is this extra layer of protection.

  • Give loving attention to cuticles. this part of the nail is vital in keeping out fungus and protecting the edges of the nails. Use an intensive moisture treatment like a few drops of olive oil, massaged into the cuticles, once a week

    Protect hands- When using any kind of cleaning product or if the hands will be in water for an extended period, be sure to wear gloves. When long nails are softened by water or chemicals, they are the most vulnerable to hairline fractures and tears.

 

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Manicure tips that will gain repeat clients

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Admittedly, it can be difficult to compete against the corner nail salon with the $10 manicure. How can we encourage clients to give up that cheap mani and pay more for our services? The answer- provide exceptional services that pamper the client and you will gain their loyalty.

7 manicure tips that will set you apart from the average nail salon:

Offer ring cleaning along with the hand treatment. Soak the jewelry in the same bowl as the hand soak throughout the manicure. Allow the client to buff dry with a towel when the service is complete.

  • Add aromatherapy oils to the hand soak- refresh and revitalize with lavender, citrus or bergamot.

  • Use luxuriant cuticle oil and send your client home with a free sample (more on this below) so they can fall in love with it, and return to purchase more!

  • Make chit chat informative- Educate your clients as to why you perform certain procedures like buffing the nails to increase circulation, filing only the tips, etc. You can also suggest noteworthy tips like this one- According to Prevention magazine, taking Biotin helps prevent breakage and increases the thickness of the nail. (read more>)

  • Use only high quality, no odor products.

  • Always use a high quality top coat, not a thin watery (cheap) one. Top coat is the primary defense against chipping.

  • Use crystal files with superfine grit for a chip-free nail edge.

 

Promoting the return manicure

Why should the client come back? If you were in their shoes, what would it take to get you to return? Most of us need incentive, good value and convenience. So, reward your most faithful clients! Use a punch card that gives a free manicure for every 10 purchased, or pre-sell gift cards with the promotion built in. Gift cards are instant revenue for you, and assure repeat customers. Encourage the client to bring a friend with them next time!

When your client brings in a friend, give them an extra punch or a small thank you gift. Cuticle oil, hand lotions and essential oils are the perfect thank you!

Remember, if you give a sample of a product that you carry retail, you will increase your retail sales on the return.

How to make economical (and adorable) give-aways for the manicure client

Your investment is a full sized product that you retail and some cute sample bottles. Decorate with a simple ribbon tie and a business card.

  1. Make your 1-2 oz samples from the full sized product that you retail.

  2. Attach your business card instead of a label so the client can keep it on their fridge. Add the product name to the back of the card.

  3. When the client returns, they have the card as a reminder to buy their own full sized product!

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Improving feet- foot care, step by step!

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FEET- overlooked and overworked, sometimes they get a little rough around the edges. To get feet looking great, and then help keep them that way, recommend to your clients the proper foot care at home, in between their pedicure visits. Here is what to do to give feet a little appreciation for all they do!

 

First of all, recommend that your clients go buy new shoes- they will love the suggestion! There is more to it than just the satisfaction found in shoe-shopping. It is important to wear proper fitting shoes with good support. Shoes with poor support or that fit the foot poorly cause blisters, calluses, bunions and other foot woes.

Summertime vs. Wintertime foot treatment

Summertime brings sandals and even bare feet. For summer foot care, recommend a refreshing soak in Epsom salts and warm water. The added salts will reduce inflammation, soothe aches and pains and soften the skin.

Once the feet have soaked 10 minutes, pat dry and use an exfoliating scrub, loofah or pumice stone in a circular motion. Rinse and pat dry. Then apply a conditioning treatment. Mancine’s Tea Tree lotion is a perfect, lightweight moisturizer for feet. The lotion has a mild pH, and the added benefit of Tea Tree oil for preventing foot fungus. (Read more on treating this condition below.)

This treatment is best performed just before bed, when feet can soak up this pampering and get their well deserved rest.

Wintertime is a great time to work on the trouble spots on feet. Your clients who suffer from dry, cracked heels will find relief when they apply body butter directly to the affected heel, and then pop on a sock! The sock will help lock in the moisture all day.

You can recommend that, in the evening the client follow the daytime softening treatment with a 10 minute soak and an exfoliating scrub. If the heel is too tender, using a wet washcloth in a circular motion will also prove effective over time.

Nighttime foot care

Nighttime treatment is the best time to address any bacteria or fungus issues. Advise the client to apply a product with menthol (like Vicks or Mentholatum,) or tea tree oil or thymol. Again, if they can stand to sleep in socks, at least part of the night, it will help lock in the treatment.

While menthol products can be applied to the heel or nails, we recommend Amoresse Thymol to specifically treat nails. Thymol works to kill bacteria and microbes. Two drops in the evening to the affected nail, at the cuticle and under the nail if possible. Repeat in the morning, on a thoroughly dried foot. Continue use every day, until the nail has grown out. It is okay to polish the affected nail, but leave the cuticle area exposed so that the thymol treatment can penetrate.

With continued pedicures and these home treatments, your client’s feet will be in great shape!

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Lac It! Gel Polish FAQs

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Q. My Lac It! nails have been in the light for more than 5 minutes, but still feel wet or sticky. Why?

A.- It only takes 2 minutes for Lac It! to fully cure if using a 9watt UV light. You must wipe each nail with Lac It! Finishing Wipe and apply pressure when wiping to completely remove the dispersion film.

Q. What should I do if I get Lac It! Gel Polish on my skin?

A.- Use an orangewood stick to remove any base coat, gel polish color or top gloss on the skin around the nail.

Q. Why, after I wipe the finished nail, it is not shiny?

Try these suggestions:

  1. Be careful not to apply too much pressure when brushing on the Lac It! Top Gloss.
  2. It may be time to replace your UV bulb.
  3. Make sure you place your fingers completely inside the UV light for a full 2 minutes

Q. Can I fix the nail if this does happen?

A. -Yes. Simply buff the Top Gloss off and clean the nails with Lac It! Nail Prep. Apply another coat of Top Gloss, this time use less pressure and let the brush glide across the nail. Then cure for another 2 minutes.

Q. What can I do to prevent that from happening so it comes out shiny the first time?

A. – Apply one thin layer of Top Gloss to have complete coverage from right to left side including over the end of the nail. Then go back over the surface again with a small bead of Top Gloss on the tip of the brush, enough to allow your brush to glide across the nail. Then cure for 2 minutes.

Q. My Lac It! Gel Polish color has ripples in it, what’s wrong?

A. – You may have applied it too thickly and not have allowed enough curing time under the UV light. For best result, apply in two thin layers.

Q. Why does my color seem light and streaking?

A. – It is best to shake Lac It! Gel Polish bottles to remix the colors after they have been sitting for long periods. The first coat should be applied thin and slightly sheer. After curing, the second coat should be applied with full coverage.

Q. Can I use Lac It! Gel Polish on acrylic or gel nails?

A. – Yes, you can use Lac It! over acrylic or gel nails. It is best if you slightly buff the shine off the artificial nail enhancement before the gel polish application.

Q. Will I still need to use Base Coat if applying over acrylic or gel nails?

A. – Yes, you will need to use Lac It! Base Coat over the acrylic or gel nails.

Q. What can I do to prevent polish from chipping at the ends of my nail?

A. – Do not cover the ends of your nail with excess amount of color. A very small amount should be used. This allows the product to stay as thin as possible. The ends of the nail must be covered entirely with Lac It! Top Gloss.

Q. Can I apply more than one layer of Lac It! Gel Polish color?

A. – For best result, it is recommended to apply 2 thin layers of color. The first coat should be applied thin and slightly sheer. After curing, the second coat should be applied with full coverage.

Q. Why do I have problem with Lac It! Gel Polish peeling?

  1. Incorrect preparation. Oils may have been left on the surface of the nail. Make sure to buff oils off the nail using your nail prep stick and then wipe with Lac It! Nail Prep before starting your gel polish application.
  2. Applied the Base coat too thick. The Lac It! Base Coat must be applied very thin and even and cured for 2 minutes in a UV light.
  3. The ends of the nail should be covered entirely. Make sure to smooth out by brushing from cuticle area straight down to the end. Remove any excess gel polish build up during this step before placing into UV light.

Q. Can the base coat and Gel Polish Colors be cured longer than 2 minutes under the UV light?

A. – Yes, minimum curing time is 2 minutes for base coat and 2 minutes for gel polish.