ProTips: 4 Ways to Fix Damaged Nails
Hey Nail Peeps!
Raven here, and today I'm going to touch on different ways to fix your clients' damaged nails.
As a professional, you always know when a client has been abusing their nails. I'm sure most of you have heard that saying, "Your nails are like jewels, don't use them as tools!" I can tell when my clients have been peeling their gel off, when a new client has improperly removed acrylics or other enhancements, when they have been picking at their cuticles, etc. A great foundation is fundamental to any great nail service, so with that being said, I'm going to touch on my favorite fixes for damaged nails.
What I do for a client who has ridges in their nails is first lightly buff the nail to smooth it as much as possible. I then apply a ridge filling base coat to the nails before I polish. OPI has one for lacquer and also a gel formula. IF I don't have a ridge filler available, I do a double base coat, and that usually does the trick.
When a client has a crack, I do a couple of different things.
Sometimes it's just as simple as putting a spot of nail glue on it, then buff it out to smooth the surface of the nail. Proceed with service.
Another option for a cracked nail is to patch it. If you can get your hands on some silk wraps, I know they seem old school, but they are a great tool to have in your kit! If you can't find silk, a teabag will work just as well. To do your patch, buff the surface of the nail, then apply glue to the damaged nail. Place a piece of silk or teabag over the glue and press down to make it flush with the nail surface. Apply more glue on top and let it dry. Once it has set, buff down the surface of the nail again to make it all smooth. Then shape, and proceed with the service as you usually would.
...a light overlay is also a good way to give a smooth and fortified foundation to damaged nails.
If you know that the client's nail is too damaged to work on, LEAVE IT ALONE. Sometimes a client’s nails are so damaged that they just need some tlc and rest. I often tell clients to keep their nails short and moisturized while they are growing out. Massaging a natural oil into them daily, like coconut, almond, or olive oil, helps to keep the nails from being dry and brittle while they are getting back to a healthier state.
I hope these tips are helpful! Until next time....