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Acrylic on Toes
I have a client who would like an acrylic application on her toes. Is this a good enchancement for my clients? Should I use toe nail tips or build the nail with acrylic?
The anatomical structure of a toenail is flexibility. Acrylic does not provide such flexibility to the toe nail causing the separation of the nail from the nail bed; therefore severe nail fungal issues can occur. There is a product in the market called Barefoot that is proven to give enough flexibility to the toenail like the natural nail would have. It comes in four different camouflage colors and also you can give a beautiful French look. The product is a non porous resin that protects the nail plate from any moisture. You can also help some of your clients restoring broken toenails with this resin. For more information you can look www.lcnusa.com. The product name is Barefoot. Good luck and enjoy doing this fantastic service. Your clients would love you.
Many people do it, but I have not yet tried this. I really dont like the idea of putting enhancements on toes mainly because many people dont pay much attention to their feet as they do to their hands, for example: Not many clients apply cuticle oils to their toes, although it is very much needed.
Toe nail infections is also more abundant than finger nail infections, it is very easily contracted and can very easily transmitted to other toes, since wearing certain shoes causing them to touch each other.
With enhancements on fingers, you can easily see if lifting occurs at any time while wearing, and have it fixed immediately, thus avoiding any mold/fungus formation. However, on toes, mild lifting may not be noticeable to the client, making it more prone to infections. If the clients wears close shoes regularly, this creates an excellent environment to harbor any type of bacteria/infections (any warm/dark/moist place is good breeding ground). I would definitely NOT recommend it to a client who wears close shoes most of the time, or who is prone to infections (ie:diabetic). You should talk to your client about her lifestyle, to see if wearing acrylics on her toes would be safe. As the nail tech it is your job to educate your clients about his/her safety, so be sure to tell her about the risk of wearing it.
Connie, Hi! I have done acrylic on toes, it turned out fantastic. The area you need to enhance is smaller so suggest practicing before you do the actual enhancement. I have even used the reverse ball technique which also turned out Great! I feel anything you do on the hands can be done on the feet. Follow all the preparation steps you use when working with your clients hands. Most of all remember to have fun and take Pictures!
Kim in Colorado
I personally would use soft gel only. The problem with acrylic toe nails is there might be a good chance of the the nail plate separating from the nailbed. If a client wears a lot of enclosed shoes the toenails tend to rub in the shoe. Acrylic has no give therefore putting pressure on the toe nail. Also if a client stubs her toe she may not only crack the acrylic but also her nailplate. With soft gel the nail plate can bed and flex with the gel.