BACK TO BASICS: NAIL PRODUCTS I KEEP ON ROTATION
Dear nail baes,
This little love note goes out to all the nail professionals and clients on the daily grind. Whether you’re a nail artist or client (I know some of you are very self sufficient), this goes out to you!
I get a lot of questions from other artists and clients about what tools I use to perform my services, and because I’m not stingy I’ve put together a list of basics I keep on steady rotation.
On this list below, you will find some of the supplies I can’t live without along with clickable links for purchase. I hope you find this useful.
Cotton: I’m not sure what sorcery was performed here, but this box of cotton is never ending and eternal. I’ve had the same box for the past year, and I have yet to finish it. I use 100% cotton, because surprisingly us humans are a lot more sensitive to certain synthetic products than we think we are.
Wood Sticks: I cannot live without these! On a scale from 1-10, 1 being the most needed, this would be #1. I use wood sticks (the ones with the flat angled edge) to clean up any product that floods around the perimeter of the nail as well as for gel removals.
Mascara Wand: Yes! You read that right, a mascara wand. Can you guess their divine purpose? After prepping my clients’ nails, I use these to get under and around the nail to remove dust and debris. Of course you can always use a brush bit with your drill. But old habits die hard. They’re easy to pack in my kit when I work on set.
Flowery Purifiles: You look at the price and your automatic reaction is, I’m not paying 30 bucks for that. That’s where I come in and tell you, investment my friends! These files are reusable and disinfect-able! They are of great quality and last a very long time. Be sure to always sanitize (clean/brush off with warm water & soap) as well as soaking it along with your tools in barbicide for 10 mins. Always be sure to check packaging and instructions to confirm if the tools you’re using are disinfect-able.
Barbicide: As a nail care professional, if you’re wondering what this is, that’s a big no-no. It’s very important to keep your tools as clean as possible. At the end of every work day, I take my tools home, I sanitize, dump them in barbicide for 10 minutes, then set them out to dry. Barbicide kills germs, bacteria and viruses. That’s a must when your objects are coming into constant contact with the largest and most vulnerable organ, the skin.
Foil Sheets: This saves me time and money. Don’t we love saving time and money?! I knew you’d agree. I encourage you all to think outside of the box. Just because it’s labeled for one thing, doesn’t mean it’s always specifically for that use! These ForPro foil sheets are typically used in salons for color processes, but I use them for my gel and glitter removals. This little box like the cotton, lasts a life time.
Buffers: AKA Disposable sanding blocks come very handy! *Pun so intended* For minimal prep, I use them as a quick way to gently clean cuticles off of the nail plate. If the sides are too rough, I use a nail file to soften the grit.
Keep in mind, different tools and methods work for different people. But your one true obligation is to always make sure your client is safe and happy.
For a direct link to purchase these items, click HERE.
Your nail bestie,
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