In every nail salon, there are different people that come and go for a nail pedicure. In relation with this, there are some risks associated with the danger of everyone’s health. Some of these include exposure to fungal, bacterial and viral infections like HIV, Hepatitis B and C and also warts. That’s why the American Podiatric Medical Association spokeswoman and a podiatrist herself recommend that you should bring your own pedicures to the salon. Learn how to use each of these professional pedicure tools.
Tip 1: How to Use a Foot File
This is one of the tools that a professional nail technician uses. Foot files must be disposable or have a disposable surface. The technician uses this tool to smooth the bottoms of your feet. Because the foot file is used many times a day, it should have an ergonomic surface. The surface should have a feature that looks and feels like a sand paper. Some foot files have a metal and a diamond surface.
The grit of the surface varies according to skin condition. One side of the grit surface is coarse so as to reduce calluses while the other side has a finer grit which is used for smoothing. Some professional nail technician uses not only one type of foot file during a pedicure but several foot files that can be used accordingly.
Tip 2: How to Use an Ingrown Toe Nail Clipper
This kind of toenail clipper is a combination of a clipper and a nipper. This is used to remove ingrown nails that appear at the corner of the nail plate. This toenail clipper can get even into hard-to-reach places to recover nails that curl into the skin. Only a trained and experienced nail technician is allowed to use this kind of tool to avoid further ingrown toenails and infection. As soon as the technician is finished using the ingrown toenail clipper, he may then file the toenail straight across to prevent further ingrown nails. Visit your physician immediately if puss or soreness is visible after the technician uses these nail technician tools on your nails.
Tip 3: How to Use a Toenail Clipper
A toenail clipper looks the same with a fingernail clipper only it is larger. The larger size is required to make it strong enough in cutting toenails since these are larger, thicker and harder than fingernails. It also has a wide opening to accommodate thick toenails. The professional technician usually looks for a toenail clipper that is made of stainless steel so that it can stand with frequent sterilization. Some clippers are also adjustable so that both a right-handed and left-handed technician can use it. A technician can easily grip a clipper that has a rubber or plastic handle because this can prevent slipping. The clipping edge must have a feature that is rounded and has a straight opening.
Tip 4: How to Use a Callus Remover
This special instrument is being used by a professional technician to reduce the size of calluses. This is usually made of metal and has a surface that looks like a metal grater. The technician passes this kind of tool over the surface of the callus with pressure. There is also this type of callus remover that has a metal blade for the purpose of shaving calluses. Some technicians make use of alpha hydroxyl acid and some skin thinning solutions or pumice stones to reduce calluses.
As you have seen, there are four professional tools used for a pedicure in salons. You may invest on these items provided you know how to use each one of them.
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