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 1 – Introduction and Course Navigation

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

 

ANT Module 2 – Times have Changed

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 2 Quiz

To alert you to the ANT concepts you will need to study for the ANT Exam,
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 format

ANT Module 3 – The Crisis in the Nail Industry

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 3 Quiz

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