Hardware or combined manicures are relatively new techniques in the world of nails. It is a quick way to remove cuticles and prepare the nail plate for gel polish. With all the speed, this method is available to nail stylists of a certain level: you need to get qualifications and experience with the device, understand the differences between drill bits, and correctly select the nozzle’s shape.
It is essential to follow specific rules and be careful, but even all of the above does not guarantee perfect work without mistakes. Forewarned is forearmed, so we will tell you about all the main problems a nail technician may face while working with nail drill bits.
And first, let’s not talk about the drill bits themselves, but the devices, since this is the basis.
The quality of the nail drill machine directly affects the quality of the manicure. The low power and “hitting” the hand devices does not allow you to feel the drill bits’ contact with the nail. It is fraught with cuts and poor handling. Therefore, you should take a serious approach to choose a device and buy only proven options (not made in China, but reliable brands with a “name”).
Professionals who work in salons need a powerful nail drill machine (60-100 W) and capable of operating at a speed of about 40-60 thousand revolutions per minute. A good device does not jump in the hands. Vibration should be minimal and comfortable.
It is essential for the nail technician’s health that the device is equipped with a vacuum cleaner; it will protect the lungs from a cloud of nail dust in the air. For customers’ health, the device must switch speeds – thin and weakened nails need to be treated with care; otherwise, you can leave a burn.
Now, we are going to the processing of nails and cuticles with drill bits.
There is only one rule: you should not put the drill bit at a specific angle (30, 40, 45 degrees). It is essential to put the drill bit with the “working part,” while the plane of the drill bit and the nail must be in contact.
At a certain angle (namely, 45 degrees), it makes sense to put only a pusher if you use it to push back the cuticle. When creating a “pocket,” it is essential to use the pusher’s optimal position and movements.
Buying drill bits “by weight” (like sunflower seeds, joke) on Chinese websites for cheap things, you can stumble upon a defective one. Defective drill bits have unevenly applied powder, asymmetric, non-centered (which hangs in the machine handle and rotates with different amplitude), interspersed with large particles. You should not work with such a drill bit because the risk of injury increases to heaven.
STALEKS takes every stage of production seriously, and at the final stages, EVERY drill bit undergoes quality control. We test all drill bits on special standardization equipment. The risk of buying a defect is minimal because a drill bit is not allowed for sale, even with a slight aberration.
The drill bit is in contact with the smallest particles of the skin and the nail plate, so it is essential to control its condition. Not only the accuracy of the manicure depends on this, but also the health of the client.
The drill bit will not do clean and tidy work if it is poorly cleaned after disinfection and has pterygium residues on it. It will stroke the nail, which will have to increase the speed and create pressure, and with this, the risk of injuries will increase.
A manicure in half an hour is super only if the nail stylist KNOWS it and all movements are improved to automatism. For work in the sinus zone, lightning speed is not entirely appropriate. It is better to spend more time but not cover the entire trajectory from the cuticle’s center to the lateral nail fold in one motion. The result of this rush is injured sinuses, redness, and wounds. Do not do like this.
The drill bit should move slightly, in small intervals by a millimeter, and its movements should repeat the cuticle’s bend. An essential piece of advice is not to repeat after the instructor, but to approach individually to work with a specific person’s hands.