The nail cuticle is a layer of clear skin that sits at the base of the nail bed, and serves essentially to protect the new nail growth from bacteria. The cuticle and its surrounding area is delicate and should be treated with care – neglect can result in the area becoming dry, damaged or even infected – and the cuticle’s own health is essential to normal and healthy nail growth. It is the one area that nail technicians often find their clients neglect, and it’s really common for clients to pay plenty of attention to their nails, while forgetting to look after their cuticle health. This makes it even more crucial for nail technicians to understand how to care for cuticles, how to impart this knowledge onto their clients and to effectively treat clients’ cuticles at their nail appointments.
Cracked and peeling cuticles are a very common complaint, which often a client may not realise they are suffering with. Dried cracked and peeling cuticles can really ruin the look of a manicure, but more importantly than that they can damage the nail and affect its growth. A qualified technician should soak and then treat cracked cuticles with cuticle oil, however cracked and dried out cuticles can also be easily alleviated at home, with regular care by the client, so this is something that should be encouraged by the nail technician. At Q61 we encourage all clients to use a hydrating cuticle nourishing product regularly. Using a specially-formulated cuticle care product, or a more general use oil, such as almond oil, is an effective way to treat cracked, peeling and weakened cuticles at home. A great way to encourage the retail of cuticle care products is to stock smaller travel-sized bottles of cuticle hydrating oil in your retail section, and suggest that clients purchase these mini bottles to keep in their desk drawer, on their bedside table and in their handbag. This is a great way to market cuticle care products, and is an effective way to encourage regular retail and at home maintenance products for your clientele.