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Dry, torn, overgrown cuticles? My approach might surprise you (aka. KISS method)

Updated: Mar 13, 2018

What is a KISS method?

It's my favourite method! It's "Keep It Simple Stupid"- method!

Long time ago I was into fitness and I had a really cool trainer. He was a very laid back guy and he gave me advice that stuck. Keep it simple stupid! It worked! He was so right.

I got amazing results training with him!

Why? Because I kept it simple and constant.

I believe in the same approach when it comes to nails.

Simple steps, nothing super complicated. Regular manicures and basic home care. Guess what? It works!

Just like with my training, there was no drastic diets, magic pills or cleanses. But I did make changes in my eating routine and I did work out (2.5 hours a week, nothing extreme)

To get results for my clients I do this simple manicures which usually take me about 10-15 minutes (that's without polish).

I ask clients (OK, I tell them! lol) to use good quality treatment oil (currently I use and retail Dadi oil from Famous Names) at least twice a day and wear gloves when doing dishes or when their hands are exposed to water a lot.

If client's nails are challenging I schedule a follow up manicure 1 week to 10 days later.

If the client's nails are in a decent condition 2 week follow up is perfect.

If they don't want to do any type of maintenance and they want miracle in 1 treatment, I really don't want those type of "unrealistic expectations" clients.

As you can see from my videos, my regular client's manicures are easy and simple. They take me about 10-15 minutes max.

efile used: Erica MT20

hand file used: Erica Diamond File (medium/smooth)

drill bit used: Erica's tapered barrel (small)


Filing the cuticle (the thin film of compacted, dead cells that stick to the nail) with electric file requires a lot of skill.

If you are not very skilled with efile and you don't posses feather light touch or don't own an efile that is designed for nails DO NOT attempt this, especially on clients.

For this technique you need a skilled hand and efile that you can set on a low speed (hence my preference of Erica MT20)

Erica MT20 has a cruise control (so it maintains speed even on the slowest setting, which is the only correct setting for natural nails)

Use only fine or medium (worn out) diamond bits on the nail, on the lowest speed and don't apply pressure.

People who are used to hand files ALWAYS use too much pressure. Remember, the machine does the work for you so you do not have to apply pressure.

The efile is always used for precision- not speed.

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