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Students teach girls about nails

November 22, 2004|by JANET HEIM

janeth@herald-mail.com

Fourteen cosmetology students at Washington County Technical High School nailed their studies as they switched smocks and volunteered their time as teachers for an hour on the evening of Nov. 9.

The students of cosmetology teachers Marie Bikle and Tammy Wilson hosted 21 Brownies and Junior Girl Scouts - ages 6 to 10 - from Troop 757 in Keedysville for lessons in nail care. The goal of the evening was to teach the younger girls how to take care of and polish their own nails, Bikle said.

The Scouts learned to wash their hands thoroughly, how to shape their nails using an emery board, moisturize their hands, prepare nails for a manicure by pushing back their cuticles with an orangewood stick and removing old polish. Then it was on to choosing and applying polish, followed by instructions on how to clean up extra polish on skin.

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"I learned you paint your house and polish your nails," said Allison Atkins, a fifth-grader at Boonsboro Elementary School, whose nails were the color of ruby slippers.

The high school students seemed to enjoy the experience as much as the Scouts.

"I like it. I think it's good for both of us," said 16-year-old cosmetology student Brittany Smith.

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