👣Pedicure Tutorial:  How to Remove Dead Skin on Toenails 👣
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👣Pedicure Tutorial: How to Remove Dead Skin on Toenails 👣


during today’s pedicure tutorial we’re going to be talking about these white dehydration marks that are on this clients big toe and she has a little bit on her second toe we’re going to talk about why they come how to prevent them in the future and talk to her about home care in between getting her professional pedicures done as well, after the clients foot has been soaking in the warm pedicure bath the water does soften the dead skin and even before we put on any product besides what is in the pedicure soaked to help soften the skin you’re going to get a lot of dead skin so you’re gonna want to rub that off with the towel get in between the toes and then we’re going to apply the callus eliminator to the bottom of her feet we’re going to wrap her foot nice and tight and secure so it’s comfortable and set the foot in a position where you can easily work I always use acetone when I do my pedicures to remove the polish some people might choose to use non acetone polish remover however for me it just takes too long and I prefer to get the polish off quickly and easily, the nail plate isn’t exposed to the chemical for long when you use pure acetone now you can see the little white spots on her big toe we’re going to put some cuticle oil on that in a minute so it can start moisturizing the nail plate but first i’m applying the cuticle remover to help dissolve any dead skin that is around the nail plate and adhered to the nail plate I’ve recently had some questions about what is the difference between the cuticle area and the eponychium area and I just wanted to talk for a second while I’m trimming the toenails the cuticle area is skin that surrounds the nail the cuticle is the dead part so when I put cuticle remover on that area anything that’s dead is going to turn white and it’s going to come off very easily you never want to trim skin that is alive this is some cuticle oil and just dripping a couple of drops I’m not touching it to the nail plate because you never know if somebody does have any kind of microbe or by looking at it my best guess is that it’s not a fungal infection it’s just dehydration but i’m not going to take the chance and actually touch my cuticle applicator to it and even though I’m touching her feet with my hands I’m going to wash and sterilize my hands when i’m finished with her pedicure service so there’s no risk for me to contract anything either. I always like to use my cuticle nippers to trim the nails if you haven’t seen my video on nail clippers you should watch that I hate nail clippers nail, clippers bend and cause the nail plate to peel and break and split and crack so after we shorten the nails then we’re going to use a file to get off any of the roughness and I always try to shape the nail with the nippers so I have very little filing to do now that cuticle oil is starting to penetrate into the nail and moisturize all of those dehydration spots and we are going to buff the nail plate to help remove any of the like flared up layers of the nail you want to be careful not to remove too much nail because that could cause a problem as well you see how I’m kind of pushing up her toe you want to make sure that the clients toe is accessible for you never put your body in a position that’s so uncomfortable because you can’t see the toenail get to the area you need to use your fingers in your hands to manipulate the toes to get them in a position where you can work easily so another layer cuticle remover I’ve got my little cuticle pusher knife tool and you can see I’m just pushing back the skin and you can see that in accumulating on the top of the cuticle pusher that’s all dead skin that stuff that’s adhere to the nail plate it’s called pterygium it is the excess part of the cuticle that adheres to the nail plate as the nail grows up out of the matrix area you need to remove that so your polish will adhere to the nail before we get to the next section i just want to throw this photo in here i want you to see how far up the toenail polish is growing on her second toe because i’m going to explain to you how far up the pterygium has grown on her toe do you see that little light line right there where the arrows pointing to that is actually adhered to pterygium to her nail plate and you need to remove that or her nail polish won’t stick to her nail we’re going to remove that I’m not pressing hard but i am going to go a little bit slower than i would normally do just so you guys can see it moving from the nail plate backwards sometimes people have more of an excess of that than other people do and i’m just using the tip just scrape across to remove some of that and see this toenail doesn’t have as much of it and I’m just moving a little faster I do think that if I can remember because I filmed this like a week ago that she does have some excess skin there that i’m going to show you how remove properly with the nippers to so stay tuned for that next I’m going to use the buffer block and when you buff someone’s nails your only goal is to remove anything that’s like burred up off the nail plate you don’t want to file down into the layers of the nail unless it’s really necessary like unless they have a big groove or gouge and I always buff before I use the nippers because when you buff a lot of that excess skin comes off if you nip first you spend a lot of time thinking something’s attached and you’re trying to remove it and it’s not even really attached always move in small little motions back and forth up and down or little tiny circles because you don’t want to hit the sides of their nail wall you don’t want to cut them with the buffer block and I always take a nail file and I file the edges off that buffer block to make sure I don’t have any sharp edges as well this little area has been hitting the top of one of her shoes and cause like a little callous so we’re just going to file that off with our nail file and nip off that layer that’s kind of hanging there we’re going to repeat all the same steps on the left foot that we did on the right foot going in between your toes removing the polish apply the cuticle remover shorten the nail file the nail etc. and I skip the filing the feet just because I was trying to keep my camera so close that you guys could see it that you really cannot see the foot filing section that well so i just deleted that but you can look at other pedicure videos where you can see that really well big toenail has had some kind of trauma to it and it has created this line that’s going all the way across to nail you can see it’s a tiny bit darker now when i start to buff it i noticed that it’s indented that the surface in the center is popping down a little bit but there’s actually a ridge and then I feel it with my finger and I decide I’m going to blend that in with my nail file so this is a hundred and eighty grit nail file and I’m just very lightly smoothing it across the nail to try to blend and where that lump is so she there stubbed her toe some she did something to it and it interrupted the growth / nail plate and caused it to grow a little bit wonky but this should grow up and eventually disappear and she shouldn’t have any more problems and maybe that’s why she has those white spots maybe that’s where it got interrupted but you see I’m trying to buff out that unevenness you can see the darker discoloration is still there that’s because it’s down in that divot time to clean up the nail plate and get ready for the polish and clean it off really really well sometimes when i use the cotton and acetone i’ll actually use the cotton to press back the cuticle area even more so i can see if there’s any little bits of skin that I didn’t get that need to be removed so you’re always trying to pay attention making mental notes of what you need to go back and correct before you apply the Polish you see I’m pressing back the skin there and on the pinky as I noticed that there is some skin there that I need to get and i’ll get those with my nippers here in a minute I’m going to put this in slow motion for you so remember that anything that is white is dead tissue don’t ever cut anything that is pink but we’ve already pushed back that excess skin and remember there was a lot so i’m going to go ahead and push it back again because I can still see some hanging out there around that cuticle line and then when i go to use my nippers I want you to pay really close attention going to sit the nipper blade down and then I’m gonna open them and i’m going to use the back blade to push the back in away so I can isolate the dead skin in between the nipper blades so I squeeze them together now I liftoff a tiny bit oh my hands in from of the light darn it okay their I squeeze them but then I push them open because I’m pushing that skin out of my way only want that dead white skin in between the nipper blades so if you shut your nippers and then you open them a tiny bit it’ll push that back live skin out-of-the-way so only the dead skin will go in between your nipper blades gonna have to add another light to the side view so i don’t get shadow when i do that turn it here’s another slow motion view of how you sit the nippers down close to the cuticle you sit them down closed and then you open them a tiny bit to push away the back skin so you can get the dead skin in between the nipper blades you always want to be very careful to only get the dead skin in between there ok it’s time to polish I’m just cleaning the nail plate off one last time going to put on her flip-flops or toe separators two coats of base coat two coats of polish topcoat and cuticle oil and before we get to the end of the video i just want to thank you guys for watching and if you enjoy my videos and are learning something please remember to share them on your social media sites there is a share button right on the YouTube channel that’s next to the title and where that little picture and the name of the channel is just click Share and a whole bunch of little icons pop where you can post it to Facebook Twitter Pinterest all kinds of stuff and if you haven’t subscribed click that little subscribe i love nails button down the lower right-hand corner so you can be notified every single time I post a new video thanks again for watching and everybody have a great day

100 Comments

  • Stephanie Farrah

    I've always done my own pedicures. I find your videos informative and relaxing. Lol I tried a pro pedicure last yr, I could NOT stand it. Every clip, file, cuticle push literally took my breath away. She she had to stop and let me relax before she could move on. Guess I have to cont to do my own but watching this makes me wish I could go get my toes done 🙁 Love your videos.

  • Vanessa Fleurimond

    I love listening to you talk. I know that's weird just. but I learn a lot from this video. question: which should you do first; the pedicure or scrubbing the feet or it doesn't matter???

  • Jennifer Goldstein

    Thank you, thank you- retuning to a spa after raising babies to teens..your tutorials are a godsend when I'm feeling unsure of my technique.

  • gizem sarıca

    my thumbnails are just like that. the others are not yellow. i dont actually use nail polish on them and clean them regularly and i dont usually smoke. :/ what could be the cause?

  • Marie Smith

    This isn't related to anything in your video, but what is the cause of dark knuckles? I noticed the knuckle on my big toe and sometimes one of the smaller ones, gets dark, almost like a bruise. It somewhat goes away with extra moisturizing, but for the most part it doesn't go away. What is causing that, and is there anything I can do to prevent and remove it?

  • Mrs.Clarissa Moorefield

    What is the solvent you use on her heel and bottom of foot before you wrap in towel? I need some of that on me I need a miracle lol but I do not think I can handle the digging into my sidewalls

  • Care Bear

    what are some tips for toenail fungus? towards the cuticle you can see the new clear nail what about the dead part? i'm on meds

  • Care Bear

    you look like you're being so gentle and really know your stuff and aren't rough i hate salons they're rushed and don't care about people's health or anything i would totally pay $50 for your skills!

  • terri e

    very detailed and informative. I'm not a pro, I just do my own because I don't think shops are very sanitary. you helped a lot. I'm going to watch more from your videos. TFS

  • lovelylouro

    I really hope you have someone who pays as much attention to your nails, as you do for everyone else's whenever your due for a pedi. 🙂 Great vids!

  • Makeup Mobster

    Omg that tirigium thing. I have soooooooo much. My feet need so much help! Hence the reason I found your video! It's very good!

  • ritzd1999

    Hi! do you have an email where I can send you a picture of my daughter's toe nails. i really need your professional advice. I hear it may be fungus, but doesn't look like it to me. Thanks!

  • Sad Becky

    how can work without using gloves ? im just wondering, like touching people's feet and germs doesn't it bother you ? I know it's a weird question. I'm just curious. Can't even do my own nails without cringing 😂

  • Chelsea Suther

    Love how you take your time with the client. Every time I go to a cheapo place, I feel like they're just manhandling me. I know they need volume, but still… As it is, paying for a pedi is a little low on my monetary priority list, so here's hoping I can reach my toes! 😂

  • Greeneyespinknails

    Beautiful pedicure. What's the name of the OPI polish you used? Is it Brisbane Bronze or Meet me at the star ferry?

  • Jane Ayers

    I learn so much watching your videos. Most of all the pedicures! Love watching those to see how you handle the ingrown toenails

  • Doreen C

    I enjoyed your video. You did a professional job. I don't think our local nail shops use professional tools like your nail clippers or cuticle remover. Now I know what a professional pedicure looks like! I need that nail clippers. Can I use it on my hand nails too? Is the nail clippers part of your link that takes you to amazon?

  • Star Fish

    Where can I buy the tool you use to clean the nail plate and cuticle ? I am a chiropodist working in Germany! Even though I mostly work on diabetics, I love watching different techniques . Great work!

  • Elodie Grvl

    hi i have a question !! how do you cut the nails with the cuticule clipper if the nail is superrrrr thick …. thanks xxx

  • Katherine Quin

    What about the "Han extra toenail"? How is that removed? I didn't realize I had one until I had my first pedicure. I went with a friend and did not really watch the technician work but once they were done I noticed how they had removed the excess dry, cracked and yucky skin that mimics an extra toenail and I hadn't felt a thing! What is that process like?

  • Arianna P

    Hi Lori, hope I spelled that right. I'm a cosmetologist in Farmington hills but I actually do more nails than hair and I love it!! Just a question though, what can we do as manicurists or advise our guests to do about the dehydration spots? My guests only seem to get them on their toes but they sometimes get self conscious. I just reassure them it's nothing to be worried about but is it possible to treat them so they go away or do they just have to grow out with the nail plate? Also, what are the best treatments for it? Buffing oil into the nail plates, drinking more water etc? Thanks again and I look forward to all the knowledge I'll gain from your videos!!

  • Arianna P

    One other question (sorry about bombarding you but you just are so knowledgable) but fungus can grow in tainted bottles of polish, correct? As in, if a polish was used on somebody with possible yet unknown fungal infection it could grow and multiple in the polish bottle?. I don't have any guests that this is a problem for currently but there were two questionable times this happened to me and I got so worried and scared about the polishes being tainted so I threw out all the base coats, color polish and top coat I used on them. Can fungus survive in the harsh environment of polish or are there so many chemicals in the polish itself that it's not much of a concern? I use All OPI products if that maters! Thanks again so much!!!!

  • Catherine Cossano

    Hi MM –
    I saw the vid where you were cutting your own toenails, and there was an area where your toenail keeps cracking. It looks to me like you have "Beau's lines" on your big toe and maybe a couple of your smaller toes….

  • Kareen Mondesir

    I get many clientswhos pinky toe has so much brittle nail that it beaks during pedicue service, please advise, thank you.

  • Kaylee Mitchell

    One thing you can definitely say is she is very knowledgeable when it comes to healthy nails. I would totally trust her do my nails…..alas she is nowhere close to me.

  • Patrick Peveto

    I quit going to salons because they’d nip my cuticles nearly every time! Then they’d just ignore the bleeding. So annoying.

  • Jennifer Wong

    Which callous remover do you use? Is the brush you apply it with cleanable /sanitizable or disposable? Thanks! Love love your videos!

  • The Meticulous Manicurist Nail Tutorials

    Hi everyone! I am going to start doing lives as soon as I get enough people interested in watching them! Are you in? Text the word "Live" to 43506 I will be doing Q&A Lives and answering questions for all my super chat doners 😍So get your questions ready! I will be able to upload more videos this way because I won't be editing them, just doing the service live and answering all your questions during 🙂 You will get a text notification letting you know what time I am going to start. I am really hoping enough people are interested I have a new client coming in soon with a condition on the bottom of her feet that causes very deep cracks and I want to start a series of live videos with her services too. Sign up so I can get super excited about looking forward to them 🙏😘😍

  • Darlene Garcia

    Omgoodness. Your voice is relaxing. You'll be a good voice for bedtime or when a baby can't sleep. Anyway, thank you for the video . thank you

  • Natividad Torres

    Do use clean tools for each person you do a pedi for? The reason I asked is because that nail filer is pretty worn out.

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  • Neftaly Bueno

    My two big toenails are yellow but the others aren’t and they’re been like that for quite a while. What could be the cause of it ? I don’t smoke or any of the following that you mentioned. I do always have my toes painted but why just my two big toenails ? what can I do to get rid of it ?

  • Dee MS

    Hello. Love your video.

    Quick question. Is there a way that I’m able to cut some of the excess dead skin without hurting myself? I just find that I’m unable to use the clipper because of the angle that I’m trying to cut. I always end up hurt.

  • Pakpak

    the only thing I don’t like it’s that she has aesthetic square shape and when you cut and trim you always doing this almost round shape nail.. if somebody can tell me why i guess maybe for have much shorts nails but yeah idk.. I always do square shape cuz it’s so much aesthetically pleasing. It’s not a critic on her work cuz I love what she’s doing and I always watch hers videos so…! xx♥️

  • reincarnation believers

    I think I missed the part where she talks about the nail dehydration 🤔 how can we prevent it? If someone kindly answers my question 🙏 I will appreciate it 😊😉

  • 00inwiththenew00

    Question… you said you don't touch the cuticle oil on the nail plate out of precaution if the person has a fungal infection etc. So why does the nail polish get applied directly to the nail bed? If the polish is being used on other customers is that not a possibility for cross-contamination? Also, why do you leave your jewelry on when you do pedicures? Microbes could be hiding in your jewelry and aren't acrylic nails are a no-no when having direct contact with patients/clients especially wet environments?

  • Mia K

    Can you post a video showing how to give one's self a pedicure using your tools. I've watched a couple videos and honestly I'm afraid I might bleed out trying to use tools on myself.

  • Honest AF

    I love your videos! You do amazing work. Would you happen to know or remember what polish was used in this one? I love the color.

  • lionz

    Hi, great work 🙂 please tell me your heel filing technique .. when you file the heels and why, also when to and not to use the callous eliminator ..tia

  • marie valadez

    Loved your video, hate the salons, clip too much. Wish I could find someone like you in Texas. What color is that polish? Gorgeous

  • AllergicRants

    Lovely video! Thanks for teaching us all that 🙂
    I just want to say one thing: even if you disinfect your hands later, you should still use gloves. Especially if you have such long fingernails with nail polish. I work in a hospital and the length + the nail polish make it harder for you to disinfect. Think about this, please. Hygiene is the most important rule of all.

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