Basic Manicure

The manicure is the most basic of nail salon services. The standard water manicure can stand on it’s own as a service, or be used as a starting point for variations and additions to customize the service.

  1. Wash hands; remove polish, etc. (See Pre-Service in Nail Tech 101) Fill finger bowl with warm soapy water.
  2. File nails of left hand for length and shape. (See Nail Tech 101: Filing Nails
  3. Place left hand in water bowl.
  4. File nails of right hand for length and shape.
  5. Remove left hand from water and pat dry.
  6. Place right hand in water bowl.
  7. Apply cuticle solvent to cuticle area of all nails of left hand.
  8. Push back cuticles of each nail with metal pusher. Hold pusher parallel to the nail, and use small, gentle circular motions. Wipe away any excess cuticle remover with a nail wipe or the corner of your table towel.
  9. Carefully nip any loose or ragged skin in the cuticle area. Only nip at dead skin. Be sure to cut with the nippers, do not pull at skin.
  10. Gently clean under free edge of nails with pusher or cuticle stick wrapped in cotton.
  11. Apply cuticle oil to fingers of left hand, and proceed with finger massage.
  12. Add a small amount of massage lotion to left hand, and continue with hand massage.
  13. Remove right hand from water and repeat steps 7-12 on right hand.
  14. Scrub clients fingernails with manicure brush and soapy water from the bowl. Be sure to remove all solvent and oil residue. Rinse off soap with a water spray bottle and dry towel or send client to wash hands at sink.
  15. Wipe nails with a nail dehydrator or other nail prep to help ensure a lasting polish application.
  16. Polish nails: Apply base coat, 2 coats of color, and then a topcoat. Clean up any stray polish from skin or cuticles with polish remover pen, birch wood stick, or small sable brush dipped in acetone.
  17. Post-Service: Send client to polish dryers, book next appointment, etc. (See Post-Service in Nail Tech 101).