Q&A

Is it safe to put gel on a natural nail that is cracked down to the nail bed?

Q.

Is it safe to put gel on a natural nail that is cracked down to the nail bed? What’s the best way to go about fixing the nail for my client?

A.

Nail technicians are licensed to work on healthy, intact nails and skin. If the nail plate is cracked through to the nail bed, the nail technician should not service this nail if the nail bed is exposed. Such work is outside the scope of her practice since this is a medical condition. If a nail becomes seriously injured, it is the nail technician’s professional duty to refer the client to a qualified medical professional for diagnosis and treatment, if required.  

— Doug Schoon is chief scientific advisor for CND. You can find more nail-related info at www.facebook.com/doug.schoon.

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