By Kelly Araneda
Penguin: Do the 2 starred requirements and pick one more
Otter: Do the 2 starred and pick 2 more.
Dolphin: Do the 2 starred and pick at least 3 more
Butterfly: Do the 2 starred and pick at least 4 more
Eagle: Do the 2 starred and pick at least 5 more.
Owls: Do the 2 starred and pick at least 7 more.
_____ 1* Learn how to keep your nails healthy and well groomed, including proper nutrition and personal hygiene Dolphins and above should be able to handle nail clippers and files safely.
_____ 2* Learn how to safely use nail polish and polish remover. Never paint your nails without a parent’s permission. Remember to use a well ventilated area. To avoid over exposure to fumes, some suggest that you avoid changing your polish more than 2-3 times a month. Consider using acetone free remover. Remember to wash hands after using remover. Acetone can weaken your nails if it enters the nail bed.
_____ 3. Check out several books from your library about nail art. Study the various techniques.
_____ 4. With a parent’s permission, search for blogs and Pinterest boards that teach various nail art techniques. Find at least 5
_____ 5. 3. Learn about and describe some of the tools used in nail art such as brushes, pens, stencils, stamps, decals, glitter, gems, etc.
_____ 6. Nail art brushes can be purchased inexpensively at a beauty supply store or online. Consider purchasing some brushes and trying some of the techniques you have learned on friends and family. If friends and family do not wish to have their nails done, you can also purchase a manikin hand or fake fingers to practice on for not much money.
_____ 7. Learn about and/or experiment with magnetic nail art.
_____ 8. Arrange a visit to a nail salon and ask the nail technicians about the training and education they needed to get their job. If possible, watch them perform some of their tasks on the job. Note their attention to cleanliness. Why is cleanliness so important at a nail salon?
_____ 9. Learn about nail fungus and how to prevent and treat it.
_____ 10. Provide service to the community by offering to share your new skills with the elderly, home bound, or possibly a women’s shelter. Avoid using any sharp tools or objects on others, unless you are a trained nail technician. Stick to just polish for now.
_____ 11. Share what you have learned with your family or troop and do their nails.
_____ 12. Some polishes contain Formaldehyde, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), andToluene. Research these chemicals and their possible side effects. Identify at least 3 brands of polish that do not use these chemicals and compare their prices to brands that DO use them. Discuss possible pros and cons of using nail polishes without these chemicals.