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Ragged nails and nail biting

Ragged nails and nail biting… Ow… ow… ow!

Op 01 09 2017 in

 

In this series we deal with the most commonly occurring and slightly painful nail problems that can sometimes be a real eyesore. But that doesn’t present a problem for nail stylists like you.

 

1. Split nails


What is this? 

“Our nails are made up of several different layers. Normally they all meld beautifully together to form one attractive entity. But sometimes the top layer can start to peel off. This is when your nails start to look as though they are literally splitting apart.”

How to avoid this?

“The most common reason for nails to split is because they have become dry. Nails can become dry if they are lacking vitamins, but in most instances you don’t have to look too far to find the reason. Corrosive cleaning products and nail polish remover with acetone often bear the responsibility for this problem. Too much contact with water is also detrimental to the condition of your nails. In order to guarantee strong nails, you need to be sure that the nail canals are supplied with the right balance of water and oil. If your nails spend too much time under water, this balance is upset and your nails will become brittle and start to split. Another tip: never peel off nail polish or gel nails yourself. This can also damage the corneous layer. Unless you have applied the Sopolish Protect & Peel system to your nails, which has been specifically conceived for this.”

 

How to solve the problem?

“Use a nail serum or cream in order to restore strength to your split nails. Our ProNails nail serum contains keratin for instance. This is one of the building blocks of our nails. It strengthens nails overnight. It also contains panthenol a substance that penetrates deep into your nail plate and hydrates the nail from the inside.”

 

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2. Breaks or tears


What is this?

“Nails that break or tear easily often occur, in the same way as split nails, when nails become dry. It’s a good idea therefore to buy yourself some nail serum if you suffer from this. Using the wrong filing technique can also cause nails to break easily.”

How to avoid it?

“If you file your nails to a point, the breaking line of your nail will very soon come under too much pressure which will increase the risk of tears and breaks. So don’t file nails too pointedly. Make sure that you always file in one single direction. Filing backwards and forwards makes nails more brittle. Is it better to cut nails? No, because when you cut nails, you squeeze the different layers very close to each other and you then release them abruptly. This means that they lose their natural shape and strength. Toenails are naturally quite a bit stronger, so they can withstand this procedure.”

 

How to solve the problem?

‘You might be thinking about trying to glue a torn nail back together, but we seriously recommend not doing so. Nail glues are rather aggressive products. They solidify immediately like superglue. So achieving an attractive, even result is quite tricky. If the glue squirts out somewhere, you will end up with a notch in your nail that that is the ideal place for moisture and for bacteria to develop. Then you will run the risk of getting a fungal infection or inflammation. So, you are best leaving this job to a professional, or just file your broken nail until it is nice and neat to avoid any further damage.”

 

3. Nail biting


 

What is this? 

“It’s not only children who bite their nails and the surrounding skin. It is also a real addictive habit among adults too.”

How to avoid it?

“The only way to avoid this very problematic habit is to never start it, I’m afraid,” the nail specialist tells us with a dose of humour. “However, if you have already started it, try to always bear in mind that bitten nails are really not pretty. And you want to look attractive and nicely turned out don’t you? So remind yourself of this every time you feel an urge to bite your nails. I believe that this type of psychological approach works a lot better than simply applying nail polish with a nasty taste. This may well work for some people, but determined nail biters will simply bite their way through it. The same applies to gel nails or semi-permanent gel nails. However, it is true that an attractive manicure is quite effective at providing the motivation for keeping your fingers out of your mouth.”

 

How to solve this problem?

‘If you bite your nails, there is a considerable risk that you are also damaging the skin around your nail as well as the cuticles. Make sure you treat the wounds effectively to avoid infections taking hold. File bitten nails as often as possible, so that they look tidier and so that you reduce the temptation to bite off loose bits of nail and skin. Make sure that you never bite or file your nails too short otherwise you might open the way for infections or you might end up with ingrowing nails.”

 



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