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A client with gels has ridges on her thumbnails that never seem to grow out. How can I hide them?

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A client with gels has ridges on her thumbnails that never seem to grow out. How can I hide them?

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I have a client who wears tips with a gel overlay. Both of her thumb nails have three ridges in them that never seem to grow out. She is in the habit of biting down on her thumbs starting at the cuticle and working down to the free edge. Could this habit have caused permanent damage to the nail matrix? How can I, as a nail tech, hide these flaws?

Dr.Rich: She should stop that habit immediately! If the nail is still growing she has probably not irreversibly damaged the nail matrix, but continued trauma to that area could cause eventual permanent nail loss. The ridges that occur in the nail plate (I assume you mean horizontal ridges) are due to trauma to the new tail as it is being formed in the area under the nail fold and cuticle. If she stops the biting of her nail, there is a good chance that the nail will grow in normally.

Mary Metscaviz: You can cover this flaw by using a “natural” colored acrylic, or mix your own combination of white and pink powders to create a slightly opaque color that hides flaws. Of course, always use the same brand of product when mixing shades of powders.

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