Nail polish (also known as nail varnish or nail enamel) is a lacquer that can be applied to the human fingernail or toenails to decorate and protect the nail plates. The formulation has been revised repeatedly to enhance its decorative effects, and to suppress cracking or flaking. Nail polish consists of a mix of an organic polymer and several other components, depending on the brand.[1]
This type of nail polish is a clear, milky-colored, or opaque pink polish formula that is used specifically before applying nail polish to the nail.[11] The purpose of it is to strengthen nails, restore moisture to the nail, and/or help polish adhere to the nail so staining will not occur and the manicure lasts longer than without a base coat.[12] Some base coats are marketed as "ridge fillers" which can create a smooth surface, and reduce the appearance of the ridges that can appear on unbuffed nails. Some base coats called "peel off base coats" allow the user to peel off their nail polish without using a remover.
"Excess exposure to chemicals such as those found in household cleaners can lead to weakened enhancements or brittle natural nails. I always recommend wearing protective gloves to protect both the enhancement, your natural nails and the surrounding skin from weakening, which could lead to painful breakage. Restoring hydration after the treatment and during the wear time will help a lot of the problems that can arise from the dip powder enhancements. Try to apply cuticle oils and high quality moisturizers multiple times a day."
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this OPI Cajun Shrimp nail polish color. I picked it out at the salon when I went to get my piggies painted and knew I had chosen wisely! It's a perfect combo of red, with just a dash of coral, which means it goes well with EVERYTHING. You know how some corals are just TOO orangey? This one isn't. Much more of an actual red undertone. What more can I say? We all know OPI polishes rock, and this has to be my new fave, second only to my all time favorite color, "I'm Not Really a Waitress".
“I love chatting with my clients, it’s one of my favorite parts of the job. But there’s a line of what you should and shouldn’t say. We’re not your therapist so don’t tell us all the messy details of your divorce or your last doctor’s checkup; just hold a pleasant and uplifting conversation.”—Heather Norton This is what your nail polish color says about your personality.
Thickening agents are added to maintain the sparkling particles in suspension while in the bottle. A typical thickener is stearalkonium hectorite. Thickening agents exhibit thixotropy, their solutions are viscous when still but free flowing when agitated. This duality is convenient for easily applying the freshly shaken mixture to give a film that quickly rigidifies.[10]
“When you choose a nail salon, you need to make sure it is licensed by the state,” Ostrosky said. “Having a state license means there are certain hygiene standards and that the salon has been inspected. It gives you assurance that there is a level of cleanliness there and you want to make sure that the actual beauty technician who works on you is licensed, as well. That means they have been trained in sterilization and technique.”
Apply a cuticle softening product to the base of each nail. Use a cuticle softening balm or oil serum. Alternatively, you can use honey as a natural cuticle softener. All 3 options work great to soften your cuticles, so you can easily remove the dead skin. Apply the product where the toenail meets the nail bed. Then, massage each toe to distribute the product.[10]
Use 1-2 coats of nail polish to cover your nails. When your base coat dries, unscrew the applicator brush from your nail polish of choice, and apply the color from your cuticle to the end of your nail. Make 1-3 swipes to cover the nail. Apply a second coat after your first coat is dry if your nail color is still transparent. Your nails should dry in 2-3 minutes.[16]

Professional services should not include dipping clients' hands or feet into a communal paraffin bath, as the wax can be a vector for disease. Paraffin should be applied in a way that avoids contamination, often by placing a portion of the wax into a bag or mitt, which is placed on the client's hand or foot and covered with a warm towel, cotton mitt, or booty to retain warmth. The paraffin is left for a few minutes until it has cooled.
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