Is it safe to apply nail extensions to nails that are separating from the nail bed?


I have a new client whose nails are separating from the nail bed. Is it still safe to apply nail extensions?


It’s not safe to apply nail extensions if the nail bed is separating. The reason the separation is occurring (trauma, fungus, overuse of extensions, etc.) must be dealt with first by a medical professional. The extensions could cause further harm to the nail bed if applied at this time. For example, the nail bed won’t let the nail attach, causing the nails to get short and stubby. The nail bed is under the nail and holds the nail onto the digit. If it is damaged, the nail itself can lift off.  — Dr. Johanna Youner, HealthyfeetNY.com

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