matrix


Small area of living tissue directly below the proximal nail fold; contains nerves together with lymph and blood vessels; produces nail cells and controls the rate of growth of the nail; a very sensitive part of the nail that if injured will produce nails with irregular growth and disorders.

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Required Reading

The Nail Doctor

October 1, 1996

A very delicate anatomical structure, the nail matrix is easily injured, damaged, and scarred. Any injury or trauma to tills matrix can show up as a visible change in the nail plate or affect how it grows out.

Nails Under The Microscope - Understanding Nail Anatomy & Disorders

June 1, 1996

Nail technicians should know as much about the inside of the nail as the outside. Here’s an anatomy lesson on the onychium. Pay attention – there’s going to be a test at the end.

The Nail Doctor: Healthy Nails Only Come From a Healthy Matrix

August 1, 1995

The most important part of the nail unit is its growth center known as the matrix. The nail plate, the unit’s cosmetic structure upon which nail polish is placed, is derived from the matrix.

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