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gel polish & pedi
#1
How is everyone handling pedicures that want gel polish? When someone wants gel polish nails, I skip soaking the nails. Just curious how everyone else handles this and makes them feel like they got full pampering.

Thanks in advance for your time.
Tina
Rural Kansas
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#2
Soaking isn't as pampering as massaging : )
Jaime Schrabeck, Ph.D. (yes, it's real)
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#3
I have an appointment for this coming up for the first time & I actually need to know what to do & not do! For Gel Mani- you don't soak- I would assume for Gel Pedi you don't...... so then what? Is there a special cleansing for feet first? Wear gloves? And removal on Toes-- wrap in foil?
Thanks!
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#4
I wear gloves for every pedi service. I sanitize the feet, then do my prep on the toes and apply the gel. After I top coat, I follow thru with normal pedi procedures i.e.; soaking, exfoliating, lotion and massage. Finish with cuticle oil and you're done. For removal, I use my e-file and a safety bit. It's much faster than soaking off.

Chrissy
http://www.lovethosetoes.com
Bowie, MD
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#5
(04-04-2013, 11:41 AM)lovethosetoes Wrote: I wear gloves for every pedi service. I sanitize the feet, then do my prep on the toes and apply the gel. After I top coat, I follow thru with normal pedi procedures i.e.; soaking, exfoliating, lotion and massage. Finish with cuticle oil and you're done. For removal, I use my e-file and a safety bit. It's much faster than soaking off.

Chrissy
http://www.lovethosetoes.com
Bowie, MD


Do you just use cuticle cream?
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#6
Do you mean when I detail the cuticles during prep? Yes...if their feet are really dry, I use Blue Cross cuticle remover and an eye shadow brush to apply it because it's so watery/runny. That stuff works wonders but you can't leave it on too long.

Chrissy
http://www.lovethosetoes.com
Bowie, MD
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#7
Vb Cosmetics Cuticle Remover has a thicker consistency, ideal for "dry" services.
Jaime Schrabeck, Ph.D. (yes, it's real)
http://www.precisionnails.com
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#8
I also wear gloves (for every service), so it's not really necessary to sanitize the feet first. I use my e-file to remove the old gel - most of the time I use traditional gel with glitter, though if the client wants a solid color they can choose gel polish.

Once the new gel is on, I then proceed with a regular pedicure, including soaking.

I don't do gel toes as an add on, I offer them as their own service on my menu. IMO the gel or gel polish is not an add on, it's actually an enhancement service. We have to do all the same work - removal of old product and applying new gel - it actually takes the same amount of time and the cost is the same (or close) as doing a gel manicure. You can see my menu with pricing and service descriptions on my website if you're interested.
Candice
Nail Tech/Owner
http://www.PanacheNailStudio.com
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#9
Candice - do you do any type of cleaning to the feet prior to a pedicure? I would think you would want to clean or sanitize not just for your benefit, but for the client's health and safety also.
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#10
Not sure where health & safety come in if I follow all sanitation requirements - I wear gloves and their feet rest on a towel that gets switched after I'm done doing the gel toes and their feet go in the water. I use disposable pedi liners (Footsie Bath) and the UV light and foot cart and e-file bits get sanitized after every service.

My clients are generally pretty clean Smile but if ever anyone comes in with dirty feet from walking the beach or whatever I do have the option to wipe them down with a moist towel, but that's been a rare event. I do have peppermint hand sanitizer on hand, so if a client feels self conscious about their feet smelling I will use that prior to the service, but that rarely comes up.
Candice
Nail Tech/Owner
http://www.PanacheNailStudio.com
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#11
I first use efile to remove old and do a regular pedicure except for the hand cream. I than apply SOG and than use the cream to massage.
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#12
Sanitize. Prep toes, gel polish or rockstar toes, callous treatment, sometimes sloughing cream or a scrub, wrap in hot towells that have scented oil on them. Let set, scrub off with wet towells, foot file, cracked heal cream, foot lotion massage, collect the money, book the appointment, out the door with a happy client.
Brenda
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#13
I soak, sanitize, do cuticle work, prep for gel polish or rockstar, apply gel polish or rockstar, then proceed with pedicure as usual. Callus treatment, wrap in hot towels, then footfile,massage,and cooling gel. For just a basic pedi with gel polish, I do massage after gel polish application ,then done...
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#14
So I see a mix of responses of soaking before gel polish & after. I thought with gel polish the less moisture on the nail = less lifting that's why we do dry manicure before gel.
Can I ask what brands your using with either soaking before or soaking after?
Just curious what procedure is working with what product....
Thanks
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#15
Hi Nailfun.....
When doing your procedures on gel polish/pedicure do you include the leg or only the foot.... So when wrapping towel seems to be a little tricky ? Any tips would be great ... Thank you..
To make the best nails is to do the best you can!!
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#16
Doesn't the cuticle treatment need to be removed before gel application?
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#17
(04-23-2013, 11:45 PM)MicheleMLCP Wrote: Doesn't the cuticle treatment need to be removed before gel application?


I dry wipe the cuticle remover/dead skin, then prep the nail with pure acetone before gel application.
Jaime Schrabeck, Ph.D. (yes, it's real)
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