If you are looking for a nail art provider who offers quality services that are affordable, will last for more than just a few days before they start peeling and who has the skill and attention to detail to create stunning nail art, then you need to look beyond the bottles of nail polish that glisten at you as you walk in the front door.
Avoid Unqualified Practitioners
Nail art and the beauty industry in general is a growth sector with more and more customers seeking to be pampered from the day-to-day stresses of their lives. As a result, many un-trained, unqualified and inexperienced people have entered the sector looking to make some quick money from unsuspecting customers.
So how do you identify a professional nail artist who is generally interested in the care and beautification of your nails, and not solely interested in your money?
There are a number of ways that you can identify the best places in London for Nail Art and in other areas close to you:
- Let your fingers do the walking and conduct some online research. Look for reviews on independent websites where previous customers have talked about their experiences, both good and bad.
- Call the nail art salon that you are considering booking an appointment with to ask them about their processes for the treatments you are wanting, the types of chemicals they use (important if you have allergies to certain products) and the hygiene practices that they use for minimising infection.
- Check on your local business licensing site to check that the salon does not have any conditions on its license relating to recent spot checks for adherence to hygiene and cleanliness standards or breaches of consumer law.
- Check if the nail art salon practitioners are members of any professional bodies and have access to ongoing training and development to improve and enhance their practices and techniques.
- Ask around in your personal and professional network to see if anyone you know can refer you to a nail art technician who has provided them with high-quality services.
- Pay a visit to the salon personally and ask to look around before you make an appointment.
- Look for an autoclave (a piece of equipment that is used to sterilise tools and implements).
- Try to observe if the staff wear gloves when providing services to clients, watch to see if the staff wipe down the seats and tables after use and look out to see if nail files are single-use or if they are placed back for repeated use.
- Scan the floor and benchtops to see if they are clean and show signs of being cleaned recently.
How to Enhance Your Visit to a Nail Art Salon
Once you have decided on a salon that you will make an appointment with, there are some things that you should do to ensure that you optimise your nail art experience:
- Make sure that during your first consultation you clearly outline what types of services you are expecting, including manicure, pedicure, hand massage and wax immersion treatment, dead skin exfoliation, nail or cuticle trimming, shellac long lasting polish, acrylic or gel nails, or nail art designs on one or more nails.
- Watch as the technician provides you service and if they start a treatment that was not on your list of preferences, or you decide after the first nail that you are not happy with the colour or design, make sure that you raise the issue quickly so that the technician has the chance to rectify it for you.
- If at any point during your service you feel any pain or discomfort, you should bring this to the attention of the nail art technician immediately so that they can check on your welfare, and change what they are doing so that the pain ceases.
Choosing a Nail Art Design
In order for you to choose the right nail art design for you, there are some things you can think about before you head into the salon and become overwhelmed by the choices available:
- Opt for and ask for an acrylic-based polish that can be applied easily onto the nail bed, and that, in the event that the nail technician makes a slight error, can be easily corrected without having to restart, and has a faster drying time than an oil-based polish.
- Look for and purchase peel-off stickers that can adhere to the nail with an adhesive or nail glue. Stickers are perfect for seasonal events and celebrations such as Christmas or Easter, and can be kept in place using clear lacquer, and then easily removed post-event so that your nail beds are ready for a whole new look.
- Discount airbrushed nail art, as it is done at very few salons and is very expensive. While it has a stunning finish, it is very time-consuming and is rarely worth the expense when other nail art options can provide similar quality finishes.
- Consider shellac lacquer finishes, which allow you to select high-gloss lacquer, glitter lacquer or hand-drawn nail pen images, which are then under- and over-coated by a lacquer product that provides a long lasting finish.
Nail Art Makes a Fashion Statement
These days, nail art allows you to make a bold and confident statement about your style and personality. Nail art is a creative way of expressing who you are. It is therefore often seen as being just as important as jewellery or shoes in terms of telling the world who you are, complementing your look or staying on trend.
Remember that nail art does not need to be expensive, but it should be quality. Seek out a nail art technician who is reputable, maintains a hygienic practice, is interested in what you want (rather that what they feel like doing on the day), and is constantly learning new techniques and ideas.