Unattractive lines that run horizontally across the nails, Beau’s lines present an excellent opportunity for techs to showcase their skills.
Let the client know that her body has experienced a trauma, and the lines are simply evidence that the body had a problem. Show her the healthy nail that is growing at the cuticle behind the Beau’s lines. Let her know that as the healthy nail continues to grow, the lines will grow out and will eventually be filed off. “Normal nails are produced and the Beau’s line grows out over time,” says Dr. Brodell.
Beau's lines result from an interruption or cessation of growth due to serious illness, shock, injury, or disease.
It’s unlikely that multiple rings of Beau’s lines will appear on a client’s nails without her being aware that her body has undergone either local or systemic trauma. However, if techs see Beau’s lines recurring in the same client without the client being able to identify the reason, insist the client see her doctor to troubleshoot the cause.
Nail enhancements are the ideal solution to the appearance of Beau’s lines, because nail products such as acrylic or gel can fill in the grooves and smooth out the nail. However, there is a caution here. Be aware that all angles of the ridged or grooved nails need to be prepared well so oils will be removed entirely before product is applied. It’s possible that without proper prep, an air pocket could develop in the groove of the lines, which could lead to trapped water and an infection. Diligence and thorough cleansing of the nail plate are required.
Clients will most likely need colored product or polish, since the lines will likely be visible through a clear or pink product. For natural-nail clients, apply a thin coating of product to the entire nail to even out the deformed nails. As the nail grows, the Beau’s line will grow out, and the product will grow off. For existing enhancement clients, perform services as usual, suggesting colored acrylic, gel, or polish as necessary. Clients will be thrilled that you not only relieved the concern over their nails, but you also made them beautiful again.