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A Guide to Servicing Common Nail Conditions

Troubleshoot common nail conditions by targeting the cause and customizing your care — both in the salon and with home care recommendations.

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Something to Talk About: Onycholysis

Onycholysis is a relatively common condition where the nail plate separates from the nail bed. Sometimes the only treatment required is a gentle touch and a little bit of patience.

Just Say No to Capping Gels!

Amy Becker shows how to prevent hard gel from separating from the natural nail without capping the edge. "Capping your gels makes the edge of the nail look bubbled. When you file a gel nail after the sealant and do this technique I demonstrate, you will have a very natural looking nail and less separation," she says.

The Truth About Hormones and Nails

There’s a theory floating around that suggests hormones can wreak havoc on nails, causing the product to lift and nails to “fall off .” Is there any truth to the tale or are the affects of hormones the stuff of urban legends?

What Is Onycholysis?

Onycholysis is when the nail separates from the nail bed. It’s a very common condition, and one that, if treated quickly, poses no danger to clients.

When Nails Separate

Onycholysis may look scary, but fortunately, a separated nail can re-attach itself. Nail techs can do their part by offering gentle, soothing services that help prevent further irritation to the affected nail.

Nail Separation Anxiety

Onycholysis - separation of the nail plate from the nail bed - may appear innocuous at first, but caution clients against a “wait and see” approach. While you can’t diagnose the condition or its cause, arm yourself and your clients with information.

Bacteria: Back to the Basics

As a nail tech, you come in close contact with a number of people on a regular basis, in a type of interaction that makes the spread of bacteria and disease not only possible, but likely. With the recent spotlight on bacteria-related mishaps in the nail industry, we decided to revisit its history, causes, and remedies.

The Nail Doctor: Onycholysis, or Nail Separation, Has Different Varieties

One of the most common conditions that affects the nail is onycholysis, which is the separation of the nail plate from the nail bed. Onycholysis occurs as a result of or along with a great variety of nail traumas and disorders. Probably the most common cause of onycholysis is a fungal infection of the nail.

Aging Nails Grow More Slowly

Could a client's recent surgery being affecting her nails?