Foot Care as a Wellness Service

More salons and spas are incorporating “wellness” into their culture. ANTs can easily slip into this role.        

BE AWARE

Nail services have evolved over the years–the original “nail salons” were focused mostly on artificial nail enhancements, but today’s nail departments now encompass a wide variety of nail services. Not only are artificial nails a part of the service menu, but there are now slots for natural nails, pedicures, “spa” treatments such as hand facials and reconstructed toe nails. As an ANT, you can add soakless, safe “routine foot care” and become a resource for the elderly and those with special health needs.

As a part of wellness, you can be the first party in the team to observe and recommend additional treatments if needed: medical providers, orthotic specialists, physical therapists and so on. You have the luxury of spending more time with your clients than many other professionals, and you can get to know them and they become comfortable with discussing their little aches and pains–when they might not “bother the doctor.” As their confidant and advocate, you can steer them in a direction for relief and wellness.

TAKE ACTION

Take steps to develop this ethos in your work – create special brochures that discuss the wellness aspect of foot care. Did you know that the toes and toe nails are highly indicative of many health conditions in the body? You are in a position to demonstrate your caring by being educated and taking the time to explain why nail trimming must be done correctly on a timely basis, for example.

You can reach out to your target group of potential clients – specifically focus your marketing activities on wellness and foot health. Volunteer to speak at community events, have a table at a health fair or offer lectures in senior facilities.

Don’t forget to ask your current clientele if they know anyone who has a chronic illness…ANTs are specifically trained to help those who need them the most.

FOLLOW UP

When is the last time you looked at your client list, and thought…hmmm…I haven’t seen this person in a while? Why not take a few minutes and run through your contacts to see who’s missing? They might love to hear from you! Surprise them with a pretty post card with a hand written note.

A wellness attitude is rewarded by great response and loyalty, but you must extend some effort and commit to taking actions which enhance this aspect of your business.

 

 

New Delivery Format & Features!

The just-released 3rd Edition of the ANT Program offers user-friendly viewing options

One of the many changes made in this latest edition of the Advanced Nail Technician Certification Program is the ease of access to the module material. Co-Founder Janet McCormick says, “We have been working on a solutionnew-features-on-ant-modules that would give some flexibility to our students and instructors for months! Some prefer to click “Play” and sit back and take notes, while others wish to have the ability to stop and advance at will. This new delivery software handles both methods–a huge win for all!”

“Part of the equation is being able to deliver the slides in a user-friendly way while protect them from pirating. Our web designer, Claudio Barbieri of Page1Ranking in Fort Myers, FL is a genius!” shares Co-Founder, Karen Hodges.  “We now have the ability to offer students a choice and the ability to move freely among the slides–a huge boon in the class room,” she adds.

Another new and very helpful feature is the ability to instantly search the entire module for any word or phrase. This will help enormously when the students need to review a topic at a future date. Sometimes they’ll remember they saw some information they need in the salon, and now it’s so easy to find the exact reference.

Along with the crisp, clean new graphic design, the hundreds of graphic images and photos that have been incorporated and the revised and updated content, this program is better than ever. It’s a tremendous resource for nail techs.

 

ANT Module 4 – OSHA Regulations in Nail Salons

To begin, click on the “play” button at the bottom left of the view screen.

 

To view videos demonstrating proper mask seating and fitting,
click the links below to be directed to YouTube:

3M-Proper Mask Fitting
Preventing your Glasses from Fogging
Properly Wearing your N-95 Mask

To view OSHA Health Hazards for Nail salons, click here.

To check your learning for this module click here to download the Module 4 Quiz.

ANT Module 5 – Upgrading Infection Control

To begin, click on the “play” button at the bottom left of the view screen.

 

List of Distributors for Salon AHP products – more may be available, soon.

ProFiles/Backstage
www.profilesbackstage.com
2323 Delprado Blvd.
Cape Coral, FL 33990
(888)545-1200
[email protected]

Cordoza Nail Supply
www.cordozanailsupply.com 
140 W Grant St ,
Lebanon , Oregon , 97355
541-409-8433

Spa Order
www.spaorder.com
1350 Ritchey St,
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(800)446-3751

To check your learning for this module click here to download the Module 5 Quiz

ANT Module 6 – Diseases and Disorders

To begin, click on the “play” button at the bottom left of the view screen.

 

To check your learning for this module click here to download the Module 6 Quiz

To view a case study of melanoma of the plantar surface of the foot, click the “play” icon at the lower left corner of the video screen below.

ANT Module 7 – Pedicures for At-Risk Clients

To begin, click on the “play” button at the bottom left of the view screen.

 

Click here to read an article on application of an ingrown nail brace

To check your learning for this module click here to download the Module 7 Quiz

Click here to download the Health Condition Summary Sheet

ANT Module 8 – Education and Referral

To begin, click on the “play” button at the bottom left of the view screen.

 

To check your learning for this module click here to download the Module 8 Quiz

Click here to download the ANT Study Questions for Modules 2-8 – Word Document

Click here to download the Study Questions for Modules 2-8 – PDF format

School students click here to complete the course survey

ANT Module 9 – Marketing a Safe Salon

To begin, click on the “play” button at the bottom left of the view screen.

 

Once you have built your new skill set as a Certified ANT, you need to attract the clients in your community that need you. This module will teach you proven techniques for filling your appointment book with loyal clients who will never leave you.

ANT Module 10 – Resources and Links

To begin, click on the “play” button at the bottom left of the view screen.

 

Exam Info **IMPORTANT** Read this!

There is a list of  Exam Review Questions to help you prepare for the ANT Exam. These questions cover material the ANT should know by now, or know how to find answers.  You may use the “Search” feature in any of the modules (on each module view screen, there is a search box on the left above the column where the slides are shown). See the link below to download the Study Questions for Modules 2-8.

To start the exam, click on the Exam link on the course summary page, then click on “Start Quiz” and wait for the exam to load. Do not start the exam if you will get interrupted–if you close your browser, your answers will be lost and you will have to start the exam all over again with new questions. This includes answering your phone!

You may restart the exam one (1) time to try for a higher grade. Simply go to My Courses, then into the program and click on the exam unit. You will have the choice to review the questions to learn from your mistakes….and to start over one (1) time.   If you did not pass after two tries, click on the Contact tab on the top menu to email us at [email protected]

***Important Note – Please Read***
We have found that some computers/devices manage cookies in a way that prevents automatic redirects to function properly. After completing the exam, you should be automatically directed to the Survey. In the event that doesn’t happen, click here to go to the Survey.

In the event you are not redirected to PayPal upon submission of the Survey form, here is the link for the ANT Certificat Packet: Advanced Nail Technician (ANT) Certification Packet

Good luck!!

Essential Downloads

Click here to download the Advance Nail Technician Handbook

Click here to download the Study Questions for Modules 2-8 – Word Document

Click here to download the Study Questions for Modules 2-8 – PDF

Click here to download a Profile Sheet if you wish to be listed on our referral website

ANT Supplies & Equipment Checklist

AHP – Education and Protocols

AHP Hard Surface Disinfections Protocol

AHP Immersion Disinfection Protocol

AHP Circulating Footbath Disinfection Protocol

AHP Non-Circulating Foot Bath Disinfection Protocol

Click here to view an educational product review video by Virox
(a new window will open and you will be directed to their website)

Forms

New Client Questionnaire – pdf

New Client Questionnaire – doc

Consent and Waiver for Photographs

Form for ANT Referral to Physician

Physician Authorization Form for Pedicure

Marketing Materials and Templates

Marketing Materials BookletClick here to download the ANT Marketing Materials booklet

Brochures

Because we care – Lge autoclave – Word

Because we care – no autoclave – Word

Website Content Examples

Webpage Example 1

Webpage Example 2

Webpage Example with Pledge

Salon Signage

Because we care – Word

Because we care – no autoclave – Word

Letter to Physicians

Letter to Phys Seeking Referrals

Postcards

ANT Postcard 2 per page – Word

Press Releases

Physician’s Ofc Promoting ANTs

Salon announcing ANTs

Salon announcing ANTs (2)

Letter from Physician’s Ofc to Newspaper Promoting Safe Salons

Pedicure Protocols

ANT Health Condition Summary Sheet

Click here to download the ANT Pedicure Protocols booklet

LINKS & RESOURCES

Click the links shown here for:

Associated Nail Professionals

Membership benefits include webinars, free website and insurance designed for Nail Techs –  Nailcare Academy special discount of $20 off your annual membership fee:  use Vendor Code 1105166

Associated Skin Care Professionals

Membership benefits designed for Estheticians and dual-licensed Nail Techs (Originators of the ANP program, above.) Nailcare Academy special discount of $20 off your annual membership fee:  use Vendor Code 1105166

Best Foot Forward Distribution – Brenda Ribble

Source for top-quality supplies: stainless steel implements, pedicure products, autoclaves (Prestige and Saniclave), disinfection  control and much more.

CJ’s Centre for Beauty

All about feet and more. Footcare products and equipment, education and product support

Erica’s ATA

Electric files, evacuation systems and bits. Use Coupon Code: ERICA20ANT to get 20% off all bits and implements

Footlogix

Restorative skin and foot care – follow the link for special pricing for our students on their initial order

NASNPRO – National Aesthetic Spa Network

Networking and education for the salon and spa industry

ProFiles BackStage Pass

Amazing skills training…and “Bling Boxes”

ANT Module 1 – Introduction and Course Navigation

To begin, click on the “play” button at the bottom left of the view screen.