Your Nail Technician Hates It When You Do This

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Do you ever get the feeling your manicurist is mad at you? If you’ve experienced some passive-aggressive tutting or side-eye glances as of late, you may have committed one of the six deadly nail sins. These were identified in the Insider Survey from Professional Beauty, which polled nail technicians to find out their biggest pet peeves – including some very common bad habits. Want to stay in your salon’s good books? Here are the things you need to stop doing stat.

1

Applying Hand Cream Right Before Your Mani

In order to file, trim, and tend to your nails, your manicurist needs to be able to hold on to your fingers one at a time. You make think you’re being considerate by slathering on moisturizer before you head to the salon, but the slippy surface actually makes the job a lot harder, so skip the hand cream – it will be applied at the end of your manicure anyway.

2

Booking in When You’re Under the Weather

Having your nails done involves getting pretty close to your manicurist, so if you’re coughing, sneezing, and spluttering, you’re putting them at risk of catching your cooties. Do the decent thing and reschedule your appointment for when you’re less contagious.

3

Cutting Your Cuticles

There’s a reason manicurists take time to soften your cuticles with oil and push them back before gently cutting them with a sterilized trimmer – one false move and you’ll end up with a bloody nick that could easily become infected. This tricky task should be left to a professional – do not try it at home.

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4

Biting Your Nails

Do we really have to remind you of something your mom has been telling you since you were young? Biting your nails leaves them looking ragged and unhealthy, and makes it harder for a nail technician to do her job.

5

Not Wearing Rubber Gloves for Housework

Everyone wants a long-lasting manicure, but how do you expect to avoid chipped polish and broken nails if you don’t use rubber gloves for cleaning and other jobs around the house? Pop on a pair whenever you’ve got chores to do. Your pristine paint job – and your manicurist – will thank you.

6

Picking off Your Polish

Last, but by no means least, is picking off your gel nail polish. 55 percent of nail pros surveyed said they wished their clients wouldn’t do so. Why? Because when the polish is cured under the UV light, it bonds with the keratin – a type of protein – in your nails, so you’re weakening your nails when you peel it off.

It’s much better to have the polish properly removed in the salon or soak it off at home using acetone, cotton wool, and kitchen foil. Don’t feel bad if you’re a serial peeler, though – even Victoria Beckham once admitted that she picks off her polish during board meetings!

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