What's the right way to deal with a client with a bleeding, broken nail under acrylic?
Yesterday a client came into the salon who had broken her acrylic nail and also broke the natural nail underneath, which was bleeding. Her technician just wiped off the blood and put acrylic right on top of the broken nail. What’s the right way to handle this situation?
Dr. Phoebe Rich: It was the nail bed that was bleeding, probably due to the trauma that caused the nail to break. It would have been preferable for the injured nail bed to heal for several days prior to reapplication of the acrylic. Once the injured skin is repaired, there is no harm replacing the tip and acrylic, but to apply acrylic over a freshly wounded nail bed is asking for trouble. The main worries are infection, sensitization, and pain.