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During my many years of experience at doing manicures and pedicures, I have come across several different nail issues. From chipping, to breaking to weak nails to how to make them grow, you name it.
Recently I was testing out a product on several different women, whom I have never met. They were to receive pedicures while using the product. While removing old polish, I noticed 9 out of 10 of the women all had very dry, white spotting toes nails. I couldn’t understand why so many of them were dealing with this issue. My clients all have very nourished nails so to see so many toes that did not was alarming. I ruled out certain issues because it was a common thread with practically all of them. The one thing I did not rule out was the polish being on their nails longer than they should and maybe the polishes were being diluted with acetone which can really dry out the nails. Now, Im not saying that this was the exact issue, but from seeing toe nails for years, I have a pretty good eye in knowing what it could be.
If this is the case, let’s go over some things you can do to avoid this from happening to you.
It starts with your nail tech/manicurist. She should be a licensed professional that cares about your nails and their treatment. She should also recommend that you don’t keep your nail polish on for more than 3 weeks. Nail polish removal is important. So after 2-3 weeks remove the polish to see what your nails are doing. A white base coat or ridge filler should be use before applying colored polish. This will aid in allowing the polish to not stain your nails. You can also buff the nail lightly and the white spots may disappear. Afterwards, make sure the nail is hydrated with a cuticle oil or vitamin E
Another way to help in the health of your toe nails, is, bring your own nail polish. Old polish or diluted polish that is left on the nails for a period of time will possibly dry your nails out. You want to be sure that the polish being applied is at its maximum performance.
Again, this may or may not be your issue. This is what I see with the naked eye that could be the cause of your dry nails. You may require to seek medical attention if you’re not sure what the problem is.
Your next nail appointment, should be a breeze now that you know what to look for and what to do. If you’re in the New York area, you can always come see me :).