If you own a beauty salon of any sort, you may want to offer nail services to your clients. Many customers appreciate being able to get their hair and nails done at the same time, or may come in for a nail appointment separately. Manicure and pedicure stations can then increase your overall customer base and profits; however, you might note some pros and cons of various artificial nails before deciding which types to offer to your clients. This will ensure you choose the right nail supplies, products and services for your salon, and have the most success with your business overall.
Acrylic nails are popular with many clients, and the materials are very affordable. To apply acrylic nails, a powder is mixed with a liquid resin and then dabbed onto a client's nails, and the nail technician shapes and forms this acrylic so that it fits the client's nails perfectly, building it to their desired length. Acrylic is very tough and strong and rarely suffers breaks or chips, but if it's not applied properly, it can lift along the nail bed and allow moisture to settle into place, risking a nail fungus. If you offer acrylic nails, be sure your nail technicians have experience in applying it, and that your clients are educated in how to treat any potential fungus.
Gel nails are applied like acrylic nails; the gel is dabbed onto the nail bed and then shaped and formed. To harden, the nails are then placed under a UV light for several minutes. This means you need to provide each nail station with these UV light fixtures, so be prepared for that cost and to ensure the nail stations are large enough to accommodate these fixtures.
Materials like silk, linen, and fibreglass can be cut and then applied over nails; a strong resin is then brushed over this material so that it hardens and stays in place. Silk nails are not meant to add length to a person's real nails, as they are not strong enough on their own. Instead, they add a hard coating over those real nails, so that they're protected from chips and cracks. This also allows the real nails to grow naturally under the silk.
Silk nails are good for customers who don't want to fuss with the work involved in maintaining artificial nails, but whose own nails are thin and brittle and unsightly. The materials are also very affordable and easy for any manicurist to apply, making them a good addition to just about any salon's services.