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Damage to the Nail Plate is Not Caused by Products

by Holly Schippers | April 18, 2016

As previously mentioned on the blog, I had the privilege of editing Doug Schoon’s upcoming book. He has been generous enough to allow me to pull a few segments from the book to give my readers a sneak peek at the valuable information it contains. The first part of this segment would be perfect for sharing on your salon page or posting it in the salon. It lets your guests know that damage to the nail plate does not come from the product. If you are in a salon that offers other services, it would serve as silent advertising to the guests arriving for other services that use other salons for their nails. This is a very important message as for far too long products have been the scape goat for what is actually lack of education or care on the part of the nail professional.

This close up shows the microscopic effect that happens when nail plates are damaged by improper removal. Photo via schoonscientific.com

This close up shows the microscopic effect that happens when nail plates are damaged by improper removal. Photo via schoonscientific.com

"If the nail plate shows thinning after removal, that thinning was done by the nail file not the enhancement or UV gel manicure product. Some are fooled because while wearing an artificial nail coating, the water content of the natural nail plate can increase from 15 to 25%. When the nail enhancements are removed, this extra 10% of water will dramatically increase the flexibility of the plate. By the next day, the moisture content will return to normal and so will the nail’s flexibility. Some nail professionals and clients will misinterpret this extra flexibility as “weakness”. The nail isn’t any weaker, just temporarily more flexible. Even so, if you determine that the client’s nails are too weak or fragile for nail services, you should discontinue any nail service that may further thin or weaken the nail plate."

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