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It's unsanitary: nail masters admitted what they would never do with their nails

Kateryna MalayNews
Nail masters named common mistakes of their clients

Over the course of their careers, nail artists have encountered many unpleasant sights: both in other salons and on their clients' hands. From their own experience, they know how not to remove the gel, why they should carefully clean the dirt under their nails, and why they shouldn't put their fingers in their mouths.

HuffPost editors asked manicure experts what they would never do with their plates, hands, and cuticles. The experts named the top 5 mistakes that can be costly for women and men.

Biting your nails

Christina Tran, a nail technician from Los Angeles, emphasized that she would never bite her nails, but not for fear of damaging the plate.

"I think you can say why not - it's unsanitary. I get goosebumps just thinking about it. There are many people who don't wash their hands properly, especially under their nails. Looking at this, I wonder if people who bite their nails really know what they are putting in their mouths," the nail technician added.

It's unsanitary: nail masters admitted what they would never do with their nails

Procedures in a dubious salon

When clients get infections after a service, they usually blame unsanitary conditions in salons. Uncleaned tools and bathtubs, where germs, nail residue, skin, and even clothing lint can remain, often lead to infection.

Hard gels

Although wearing and applying hard gels can be practical, Gina Edwards, a nail technician in New York City, does not recommend using them. The fact is that it is difficult to remove such a product from the plate without damaging it, and this complicates the next manicure.

"Hard gels are not as easy to remove as soft ones. Soft gels can be soaked, while hard gels need to be drilled out," the expert explained.

It's unsanitary: nail masters admitted what they would never do with their nails

Powder extensions in the salon

According to Christina Blea, owner of Dabulous Nailz & Thangz salon in California, powder extensions are less hygienic than acrylics because germs quickly appear in the product.

"The truth is that there are no chemicals in the powder that can kill bacteria that are transmitted from person to person... When applying acrylics, a monomer is usually used, so it has a strong enough chemical to kill all bacteria," said the nail technician.

Picking and tearing off the gel

When you tear off and pick the gel, the layers of the natural nail are removed along with it, which is very harmful to it. The coating should be removed only in the salon or, if you have the necessary experience, at home with special tools and instruments.

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