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Expand Your Salon Services: A Beginners Guide for How to Remove Cuticles

You stare out the window of your salon, noticing many customers going next door while completely bypassing your building. The quiet and downtime from not having customers give you a few minutes to think. What is the place next door doing that you’re not?

That’s when it clicks together. Your competition is a full-service salon while you just do hair. The reason why you’re losing customers is that most people like to get everything done in one place rather than two. 

So, the question is, what are you going to do about it? You could move to a smaller area and maybe see more success or expand and become a beauty influencer. To expand you’ll have to learn how to do everything involving nails.

This includes cutting cuticles which can be a little tricky. To help you in your new expansion endeavors, here is a complete guide on how to remove cuticles.

1. Soften the Cuticles 

Before you can successfully remove a client’s cuticles, you’ll have to soften them up a bit and remove any dirt or nail polish. This is to ensure that the process goes smoothly and painlessly. 

Remove Nail Polish 

Put a little bit of acetone-free nail polish remover on a cotton ball and gently remove any traces of nail polish that the client has on their fingers. This is so 1, you can see their cuticles to work on them and 2, if you don’t remove it some of the nail polish flakes could work their way into their nail beds and give them an infection.

Also, cuticles will become a little sensitive after you work on them so nail polish remover may seriously burn if you do it after.  

Soak Nails in Warm Water 

After their nails are clean give them a bowl of warm water to soak their fingers in for at least ten minutes to soften the cuticles up. If you skip this process working on their cuticles will hurt them. During this time you can quickly go see to other clients so you’re constantly moving and nobody gets impatient.  

Dry with a Clean Towel

When the ten minutes are up you’re going to grab a towel to dry their hands off.  You want to pat dry their hands otherwise any moisturizer that you use on their nails won’t stick. 

It’s very important that you use a clean towel. If you dry their hands with a used one, you would leave their cuticles vulnerable to bacteria that cause infection. 

Apply Oil 

To soften their cuticles up further you’re going to apply oil to them and let it sit for about five minutes. You can use lotion, coconut oil, or even special cuticle oil if you want. All of these will work. 

If you do go with cuticle oil, sometimes it contains chemicals that could damage the client’s nails if left on them for too long. Be sure you read the packaging thoroughly.  The last thing you want to do is hurt someone. 

2. Grab Your Tools and Get Started

Once you’re sure that the client’s cuticles are good and soft it’s time to get out your tools and get to work. You’ll need something called an orange stick. It’s used to push the client’s cuticles back which is what you will be doing rather than literally removing them. 

If you cut or remove the client’s cuticles not only will it leave them vulnerable to a nasty infection but it will also make them hard. Cuticles are naturally supposed to be soft. Have the client put their hand on a sturdy table and gently start pushing their cuticles into the corner of their nail.

It’s very important that you hold the orange stick at a certain angle. If you don’t know how to hold one you can keep reading to get more info on different nail tools.  

Continue to push their cuticles back until you’ve worked your way up the side of their nail. When you’re done and have wiped their fingers with a damp cloth, their nails should appear longer but there may also be a few hangnails and other tidbits that you’ll have to deal with.  

3. Trim any Hangnails

Hangnails are little bits of cuticle that break off at the crease of your nail. They can result from pushing the cuticles back and if you don’t remove them for the client the cuticle may rip further and put them through a lot of pain. 

This is where you’ll actually get out the cuticle cutters. Try to get as close to the base of the problem as possible and simply chop it off. 

4. Aftercare

When you’ve successfully finished your job, have them go to the bathroom and wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water. This is to get rid of any residue that’s still hanging on for dear life. 

When they come back out you can then proceed to paint their nails or put on acrylics. Whatever they came in for. If they just came in for a cuticle treatment then give them instructions to keep the area moisturized on a daily basis and send them on their way. 

Expand Your Services by Learning How to Remove Cuticles 

If you want to ensure that you rise above your competition when it comes to the salon business, you’ll want to expand yourself into a full-service salon by providing not only hair cuts but manicures and pedicures as well. Use this guide on how to remove cuticles to give your clients nothing short of the best service you can. 

At your salon, you want to be able to give anyone amazing service. This includes customers with thinning hair. Keep reading to find out how you can help them.