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Nail Care – Do’s and Don’ts

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Long ago, nail care was only for the rich and important women in society. Still, there were very few nail polish colors like blood red, bright pink, and maroon. How were these women happy with such restrictions? You wonder!

Because change is inevitable, the nail polish spectrum has kept on broadening. Nowadays, there’s every color you could think of for your polish. You can match your polish with your outfit every day, or even polish your nails to look like your favorite team. People even blend more than one color at once and get eye-catching results.

However, caring for your nails is beyond wearing nail polish. It’s a major routine that consists of daily procedures.

Fingernails: Healthy or Not?

Your fingernails comprise coated layers of a protein called keratin. Keratin grows from under the cuticle at the base of the nail. Are your fingernails healthy?

Healthy fingernails have a smooth appearance that has no grooves or pits. Better still, they have a uniform and consistent color without any spots or discoloration.

Now and then, fingernails form painless vertical grooves running from the cuticle to the end of the nail. As you age, the vertical grooves on your fingernails tend to be more noticeable. Additionally, fingernails can form white spots and lines from injuries, but they disappear as the nail grows.

However, beware because some nail conditions might be abnormal. Please visit a doctor if you notice the following;

  •          Bleeding nails
  •          Discoloration of the whole nail or a dark line under the nail
  •          Strange or changed nail shape, like curled nails
  •          In-grown nails
  •          Nail separating from the attached surrounding skin
  •          Pain or inflammation around the nails
  •          Nail thinning or thickening

Why Should You Care For Your Nails?

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Your nails need utmost care. Besides, your nails are a reflection of your health. So, it’s very easy to tell a sick person from the appearance of their nails.

Moreover, nail infection can cause swelling and other health problems to other body parts. Worse still, some nail problems tend to be embarrassing, such as fungus. Nail fungus can make you hide your hands and feet.

Conversely, maintaining clean and trimmed nails is healthy and helps avoid developing future health issues. Keeping clean, short, and well-groomed nails will prevent fungal and bacterial infections from developing from under the nail bed.

In fungal infection, see a health specialist to prescribe suitable treatment like antifungal or antibiotics.

Nail Care Do’s

File in the Same Direction with a Glass File

Preferably, glass files are the best for filing your nails. They are gentle and accurate. Glass files prevent nail cracking or breaking. So, it would be best to file in one direction with your glass file. This will help avoid any or further damage to the nail bed.

While this needs getting used to, it’s an effective technique that often breaks nails. As a nail technician, you can improve your skills and evaluate yourself through a nail practice test. This way, you get prepared for the nail state board exam. And later, you can even open your nail parlor because of your qualifications. This is after you pass the nail technician theory exam and the nail technician practical exam.

Indeed, exams can be a daunting task. The majority find the examination process to be quite nerve-wracking. However, there’s a good cause behind every US state’s licensing requirement.

They want to guarantee the public’s safety and keep upholding the nail care industry’s high standards. So, you should get prepared to take the practical and written nail state board exam.

Maintain Short and Clean Nails

Normally, short and clean nails feel good and healthy. You may also choose to polish your nails. But, not all nail polishes are good-looking, and some may not complement your nails.

However, the best nail polishes contain hardening ingredients that prevent the cracking of your nails. Also, some polishes encourage nail growth. Above all, it’s important to treat any case of fungus before covering it with nail polish.

Purchase New Tools Regularly

Just like your toothbrush, it would be best to replace nail care tools regularlypreferably after a few months.

Not only does this stop the use of worn-out and rust tools, but it also supports hygiene. This way, your nails or the clients’ are unlikely to contact bacteria and fungus.

Clean Nail Care Tools Immediately After Use

An instant method of cleaning nail care tools is sterilizing them. Soak them before and after using alcohol for some time, or wipe using alcohol-soaked cotton wool.

However, don’t let any tool overstay in disinfecting solution because it may cause corrosion. Most importantly, dry the tools thoroughly after cleaning them, and store them in a clean and dry place. It would be best to have an organizer to place your tools neatly.

Use Cuticle Oil


Cuticle oil will moisturize the cuticle area to dissolve them quickly. This way, it becomes easy to push back or cut the excess growing cuticles to have a uniformed nail bed.

Remember never to push back or cut the cuticles without using the cuticle oil. The cuticle oil will keep your nails healthy and clean as a moisturizer.

Work With Protective Gloves

Ideally, it’s healthy to wear gloves when doing household chores like washing dishes and even gardening. Gloves will protect your nails from discoloring, chipping, or even breaking.

Besides, gloves will protect your nail polish from quickly wearing away. Also, wear gloves when working with harsh products like bleach, furniture polish, and bathroom cleaners. Always keep your gloves clean, dry, and in an easy-to-reach place.

Nail Care Don’ts

Push the Cuticles Far Back

Cuticles are unsightly. However, grooming your nails will need proper handling of the cuticles. Therefore, please don’t push the cuticles far back, or cut them excessively.

Most importantly, avoid using electric nail trimmers to injure the nail bed. Worse still, they can cause a breeding spot for the fungus and bacteria.

Share Nail Care Tools

Nail care tools are personal. Thus, sharing them will highly risk you getting contaminated. Imagine sharing nail cutters with someone suffering from nail fungus?

Warts are a skin-related condition that can even occur from sharing nail care tools.

Ignore Signs of Infection

Usually, nail infections start mild and small. Without immediate attention or seeking medical help, they get worse quickly.

Most people mistake nail fungus for excess keratin because of the white spots on the nail bed. The white spots start making the nail bend and split with time, causing inflammation and pain. If your nail appears abnormal, don’t hesitate to seek immediate attention from a doctor.

Use Your Nails as Tools

Most people use their nails as tools. You’ll find them ripping paper clips, opening cans, and even scraping food from pots.

Using your nails as tools will break or crack them. Also, you will introduce bacteria under your nails, which can cause infections.


Nail care is relatively simple. Keep your nails short, shaped, dry, polished, and adhere to the basic and frequent hygiene routine.

Still, don’t forget to create an appointment with your nail technician every time you visit the salon. Rest assured you’ll have beautiful nails for as long as you maintain the process.

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