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Natural Nail Health by Kylie Clare

It’s all well and good to provide nail services within our salons - The foundation of all of these services should be to maintain and increase the health and longevity of the natural nail or nail enhancement.

Over my 27 years in the industry I’ve seen so much nail pate damage from incorrect preparation, maintenance and improper removal of nail enhancements including gel polish and dip products. So the question is, how can you maintain the heath of the natural nail?.........................it’s really quite simple:

Prepare the natural nail with respect, care and attention - avoid using electric nail files for natural nail preparation prior to nail enhancements, instead use a 180 grit buffer to gently remove the natural nail surface shine in the direction of nail growth.

Educate your clients not to pick at lifted nail enhancements or decide they can remove their own nails at home without returning to the salon.

Homecare products – recommending a good quality skin and nail treatment (cuticle oil) that the client uses 1 -2 times per day as part of their homecare routine.

Regular appointments – not only is it a smart business decision to rebook your clients as they leave the salon it is also ideal to get the client to commit to future appointments for the maintenance of their nails on a regular basis.

Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the correct application and removal of all nail products.

Providing services that do not cause damage is part of our job, its paramount to maintain the health of the nail plate. Your reward will be an increase in customer loyalty. Your clients will come back to you because of the care and respect given to their nails, not to mention you will achieve better adhesion with any nail enhancement product due to the nail being healthy.

My recommended products for the long term health of the natural nail are Dadi Oil (Dadi oil apply 1 -2 times per day as part of the clients homecare routine) ibx Treatments.

So why IBX?

IBX creates a protective shield for the natural nail, safeguarding it against the damage caused from frequent removal of gel polish and dip products, it will also repair nail plate damage by toughening and strengthening from within, therefore it’s the ideal salon treatment for thin, highly flexible nails or nails that have delamination, splitting or deep grooves.

What do I charge for IBX treatments?

The average price for IBX treatments in Australia is $15 - $20 for the initial treatment and $10 - $15 for ongoing treatments.

Considering a duo pack will cost you $79.95 AUD and you will get approx. 100 treatments per pack each in salon IBX treatment will cost you 80 cents, you have the potential to add an extra $1500 plus to your salon income from one duo pack.

Upselling this treatment with all natural nail and nail enhancement services is the ideal way for a salon to increase their revenue but also ensure their clients natural nails are in optimum condition which will provide a healthy nail as the foundation to all salon services.

Professional Salon Brands hold regular online IBX certification classes; please register your interest for our next classes by emailing us at info@professionalsalonbrands.com.au