The indispensable guide to nails suitable for every skill level.
The care and creation of professional-looking fingernails is big business. This comprehensive guide covers everything from basic at-home nail care and the history of nail polish to how to set up a salon and master advanced techniques. Leigh Toselli provides expert guidance for both novices and professional technicians.
Detailed instructions and color photographs cover:
Toselli also provides step-by-step instructions for manicures and pedicures, including water manicures, hot oil manicures and paraffin wax procedures. She also includes information on hazards and precautions as well as massage tips.
Complemented by more than 500 inspiring color photographs, Pro Nail Care is the complete guide to nail care.
Leigh Toselli is a former model who is now a makeup artist, fashion editor, designer and stylist for retailers and magazines, including Elle and Marie Claire. She is the author of The Complete Makeup and Beauty Book and recently launched her own cosmetics line.
As well as using our hands for all sorts of practical tasks, we also use them as a way of expressing ourselves and emphasizing what we're saying. They're one of the first things people notice, which is why we need to make the most of them. Beautifully manicured and maintained nails are much-prized attributes that speak volumes about your health and grooming, not to mention your attention to detail.
Neglected hands certainly create a poor impression: bitten nails or torn cuticles indicate a lack of confidence, while perfectly manicured hands suggest somebody who pays attention to detail and takes pride in their appearance.
Everyone can have great looking hands with basic care, meticulous grooming, and regular visits to a professional manicurist. Here they will be buffed, trimmed, softened, painted and filed, massaged and lathered, sloughed, primped, and preened over. Never before has such a variety of artificial nail products been available to extend, repair, or even just strengthen the nail plate, nor has there every been such a selection of possibilities for adornment, from creative coloring, transfers, and stencils to rhinestones and gems.
Manicurists and pedicurists are now focused on a lot more than just the natural nail. These days they need to be fully versed nail technicians, conversant in advanced nail technologies and methods, creativity and artistry, business management, and so much more. One of the fastest growing segments in the beauty business, the nail industry is constantly evolving with new technologies, techniques, and products continually being introduced, providing the nail technician with so much more to ensure the luxury of beautiful nails.
Once you know how to take care of your nails, it will be easy to maintain healthy nails. Beautiful healthy nails require a little TLC -- not as complicated as you might think. Nails are usually their healthiest in their natural state, requiring a bit of nail polish for protection and regular applications of hand cream as a moisturizer. Allow time for a home manicure every 7 to 14 days with weekly time for touch-ups. Regular home manicures will protect your nails and help improve your image. Good grooming is essential to keeping and maintaining your hands and feet in prime condition.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The hand and foot in detail