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Nails 1989 2

Published on: Mar 3, 2016

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  • 1. Pedicure Precautions: What Every Pedicurist Should Know. S ummer's almost here, which means you're probably think-ing about ways to get pedicure clients into your salon. Pedicures are a great source of revenue, to say nothing of the almost deca-dent pleasure they hold for clients who indulge, but the professional knows this is not a service to be taken lightly. It's important that the pedicurist knows what she's doing — and what her limits are — be-fore she starts tending feet. According to Rudy Lenzkes Jr., president of Beautiful Feet, beauty schools need to stress safe pedicure procedures a lot more than many of them do now. "A lot of nail technicians are doing podiatric work," Lenzkes says. "They're treating corns, bunions, and ingrown toenails, which they are not qualified to do.” This is not a slur on pedicurists, it's a simple fact A pedicurist’s job is to smooth, soften, polish, and beautify the feet She has not been trained to treat medical conditions and, yes, corns, bunions, and ingrown toenails are all medical conditions. KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS You wouldn't refer a client to a hairdresser for brain surgery, would you? Of course not. By the same token, you should not perform foot surgery. Cutting things out of the feet, be they corns or callouses, is surgery, and is not your job, says Lenzkes. "A lot of technicians are using credo blades, which are illegal in California," Lenzkes added. Credo blades are somewhat similar to razors. A razor blade ts used to shave thin layers of calloused skin from the foot. Several state cosmetology boards have outlawed their use, so it's a good idea to check with your state board to find out the rules. “What happens is, a customer comes in and says. " I want the callouses off my feet," explains Lenzkes. "The fastest way to remove a callous is to use a credo blade. But if you shave too much, the client is going to be in pain when he puts his shoe back on. Also, the callous is the foot's natural protection. Sure, you can cut a callous off, but as soon as the client starts walking, it’s going to start growing back. And it’s going to grow back faster and harder than before." Lenzkes recommends softening, smoothing, and contouring cal Nails Magazine April 1989 85

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