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When you purchase scissors for a nail salon, it is important to note that you should never purchase them for use on natural nails. Many nail technicians have made the mistake of attempting to cut a client’s nails with scissors. Not only is this unprofessional but it also runs the risk of damage to the nail as well as to the skin around it. So if you are thinking of purchasing scissors then do it for any reason other than cutting your clients nails.

How Scissors Are Used in a Nail Salon

Many nail technicians find that it is convenient to use a pair of curved blade scissors to cut pre tailored tips. Often you will notice that the contact area of pre tailored tips needs removing. By using a pair of curved blade scissors it makes this task really easy.

Another common use for scissors around the salon is to cut the overlay fabric. Some overlay fabric can be really delicate and that often makes it difficult to cut. If you use long bladed scissors then they will gently yet effectively cut through even the most delicate fabric and leave fantastic results. It may also be necessary to trim the fabric with scissors after it has been applied onto the nail.

Finally a good pair of scissors can help you with nail art design. You will find that they can be used in a number of different ways to help you to create various designs. For best results it would be a great idea to keep a few different pairs of scissors around the salon.

Focusing on Tip Cutters

Similar to scissors, tip cutters can also come in really handy within a nail salon. Shaped just like veterinary clippers, they will help you to cut through even the toughest artificial tips.

So many clients want artificial tips as they not only look great but they are tougher and less likely to chip than natural nails. They also provide instant length which would take ages to grow naturally. However, often the tips are not short enough and a little trimming does need to be done. As they are quite tough, it can be difficult clipping them down without a good pair of clippers. Tip cutters are by far the best tools available to help with this task.

Overall it would be a good idea to purchase both scissors and tip cutters for your salon. They require very little maintenance as they do not come into contact with the client’s skin or nails. A good pair of cutters and scissors will last you for years if you use them correctly.

Are you looking after your nail salon brushes correctly? If not then it is likely that you will not be providing the best results to your clients. Salon brushes can be extremely delicate and so it is important to treat them with the best possible care.

Understanding the Different Salon Brushes

In order to take care of your nail salon brushes properly you need to first understand the difference between them. There are literally hundreds of different brushes to choose from and here you will find out more about three main types.

Gel brushes are created using synthetic hair. They require specialised cleaning with a proper cleaning solution. When storing them they need to be kept in an airtight container and ideally you should clean them after each use.

Nail art brushes come in a large variety of sizes and styles. If you use them in paint then they simply need cleaning in water. However if you use them with varnish then you will need to use a remover product to clean them. Obviously you will need to clean the brush each time it has been used to prevent the bristles from becoming hard and useless.

It is liquid and powder brushes that you mainly need to be wary of however.

Looking After your Liquid and Powder Brushes

Looking after liquid and powder brushes is not as simple as you would imagine. First of all they should only ever be cleaned in liquid monomer. All other cleaning products can seriously damage the brush and so liquid monomer is the only way to go. However, it is vital that you do not let the monomer come into contact with the skin. So when you are using it to clean your brushes, always wear gloves to protect your hands.

Place a small amount of liquid monomer in a container. Rub the brush on your fingers and then dip it into the monomer. This will eliminate any dressing that has built up. Once you have dipped it in the monomer, dry it on a paper towel. It is recommended that you repeat this two times to ensure that it is thoroughly cleaned. Also remember to shape the brush before it fully dries out as otherwise the acrylic will clog it up.

Overall looking after your nail salon brushes can be hard work. However if you do not follow the directions mentioned above, they will not last long and you will not produce good results.