Is it true that it’s common for cross country runners to lose their toenails? Will they grow back? How do you handle this situation with a pedicure client?
When I have a client who doesn’t have a toenail, I sometimes make a prosthetic nail the client can apply with resin/nail glue for special occasions. To make the nail, I use a natural colored acrylic on a paper form (gel or colored gel works too). I first measure the client’s toe by taking a form, folding it vertically, and using the grid lines to measure. Then, apply the form to a bottle so the prosthetic has a slight contour like that of a natural nail bed. Apply the acrylic in the shape of the toenail, and let it cure. Finally, file, shape, and buff the prosthetic, and polish if desired. — MaeLing Parish is co-owner of Nail Sensation in Columbus, Ohio.