Maintaining Hygiene in a Manicure
A manicure is an aesthetic, decorative treatment for both the hands and fingers done at a nail salon or at home. A manicure typically includes filing and styling the nails, trimming and pinching (with a hand cuticle pusher) any dead tissue (including the cuticle and tendon sheath), gentle treatments with different oils, massaging of the hand, the application of nail polish, and the introduction of nail varnish. It can also include a treatment using a chemical exfoliating agent or a scrub, if desired.
Manicure tools can include a wide range of accessories including nail file, scissors, cuticle pusher, manicure sticks, manicure brushes, nail polishes, acrylic mounts and rollers, as well as nail files and sculptors. These tools are used to polish, file, cut, shape and design the nails. In addition to these tools, a manicure may also include various manicure supplies such as nail stencils, nail hardeners, trimmers, and nail grinders. The tools and supplies used in a manicure may be purchased through a professional beauty supply store or over the Internet.
Nail polish remover is one of the most important tools in any manicure. This is because a manicure must be completed using only natural, non-toxic polish. Most nail polish removers are either alcohol-based or gel polish remover. Alcohol-based nail polish removers are the easiest to use, but they are the most hazardous. Gel polish removers are slightly less harmful than alcohol-based products but they are not nearly as effective. Both of these types of polish removers should be kept in good supply when on the job.