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You wouldn’t let just anyone cut your hair, so why should your nails be any different? Finding the right nail tech takes time, patience, money—and yes, trial-and-error. But once you’ve found “your tech,” you’ll notice that your nails have never looked better. So how do you know if you’ve met your match? Keep reading to discover five easy ways to tell that you’ve met “the one”—at least when it comes to your nails.

Your tech always starts out your appointments with a thorough consultation

Even if you always go into the salon for the same type of nail look, your tech takes the time to make sure she or he knows exactly what kind of manicure you want. Your tech should always confirm the shape, length, color, finish and design before even touching your tips.

Your tech doesn’t rush the removal process

Many run-of-the-mill salons schedule back-to-back appointments in order to bank the most profit, leaving little to no room for error or wasted time. Unfortunately, this means many techs try to rush the removal process, especially when it comes to gel and acrylic. If your tech only has you soak for a couple of minutes, then lifts, scraps or uses the e-file to remove your gel polish off your natural nail, it’s definitely time to go to another salon.

Your tech uses quality products and isn’t afraid to show you the packaging

Another mistakes lower-end salons make? Using cheap nail products that are chock-full of toxic ingredients. Some salons even pour lower-end products into high-end bottles to fool clients. Don’t be afraid to ask your tech what products she or he uses, or ask the salon manager to give you a rundown of the brands in the salon.

Your tech always uses freshly sanitized tools

Sanitation should be every nail professional’s number one concern. A good tech should always open a fresh set of implements or pull them out of an autoclave at the start of every appointment to clients peace of mind.

Your tech treats you with respect

The saying, “The client is always right” especially rings true in the nail salon. A good tech should be well-mannered and respectful throughout the service. Techs should pay all of their attention to the client. They shouldn’t be answering their cellphone, texting, talking across the salon to other staff or pushing you to buy an add-on service. If your tech makes you feel comfortable, engages in conversation with you and always make sure that you’re happy with your mani, then it’s safe to say that you’ve found a match made in nail heaven!

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