Natural gel manicures and other manicure tools are becoming more popular in recent years, with sales increasing from £5.7bn in 2011 to £17.6bn in 2015.
The products have come in a variety of shapes and sizes, including flossy paper, plastic and cotton, and have even been used in children’s hospital.
But they are still expensive.
Some manicurists charge more than the NHS for a single manicure.
In the past two years, more than 1,100 manicurers have been fined by the Department of Health for failing to pay the NHS, while there were also reports of more than 400 being fined in 2016 alone.
This week, the Health Service Executive (HSE) launched a £1m pilot scheme to give some people more choice in the manicure market.
“This new pilot will enable more people to use natural gel with the same level of care and safety as they would if they used a traditional manicure or other nail polish,” the HSE said.
The scheme is part of a wider initiative to improve the safety of nail products, including by introducing an online safety system for the nail industry.
Drilling the nail “A new type of nail is being introduced,” said Dr Sarah Farr, chief executive of the National Society of Cosmetic Technologists (NSCTT), which represents the nail professionals in the UK.
Nail-dressing is a very common practice, and it’s important that the NHS gets on board.
“Nail polishes are a very safe way of removing skin and it is really important that people can use nail polish safely, and that’s why we have an online system for nail polishes,” she said.
The nail polish industry has seen an explosion in popularity in recent times, with manicurings and nail-making services now worth up to £40bn. “
We also have a lot more people who are looking to use nail tools in a non-traditional way.”
The nail polish industry has seen an explosion in popularity in recent times, with manicurings and nail-making services now worth up to £40bn.
The industry employs more than 11,000 people in the country and employs almost a million people in total, according to the Department for Health.
The number of licensed manicurants has grown from fewer than 500 in 2014 to 1,000 in 2016.
The NHS is keen to see more people using nail polishing services, with the aim of helping to keep the NHS safe, while helping to make the nail-polishing industry more competitive.
Nail polish manufacturers, such in Australia and the United States, have also been hit hard by the nail clamping crackdown.
But the Hse has a range of measures in place to help nail-care professionals and patients, including new training, tighter rules on where people can go and what they can and cannot do.
One of the key points of the pilot is to help people to get the most out of their nails and to help make nail-picking more accessible and safe.
It is also trying to reduce the amount of people getting nail-clamp injuries.
Dr Farr said: “We are keen to make sure the nail shop is open to everyone who wants to buy nails, but we need to make it more accessible to people who might be out of work.”
We need to help keep the nail salon open, which we have done by restricting the hours and giving people a wider choice of products.
“There is a huge demand for nail care in the NHS but unfortunately the nail service is very limited in its range.”
This is part three of a three-part series.
Read part two on nail care and the nail.