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Re: Splitting Finger Nails From The Side

Re: Splitting Finger Nails From The Side

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Posted by Marti on November 20, 2000 at 09:03:32:

In Reply to: Re: Splitting Finger Nails From The Side posted by Roi on November 17, 2000 at 22:56:20:

: : : I have never filed my nails. But when this crack appears and spreads I must remove the nail from the split point before it accidently get ripped off. Is that why it again starts a split in that area ?

: : Cutting, filing or otherwise removing any area of the sidewall of the nail plate will result in a loss of structural balance, will compromise the integrity of the nail plate, and eventually result in a split, crack or repetitive break in this area. Repeatedly trying to 'fix it' by any of the above means will allow the crack to penetrate further into the nail plate.

: How can I possibly NOT remove the nail when the nail is hanging there and the split is half way across my thumb ? It takes about 3 days for the split to advance across the nail and any kind of movement can rip it off. Thank you Marti !

Easy!! You can do a 'wrap' over the crack which will allow it to grow out past the free edge. Sally Beauty Supply or any other over-the-counter beauty supply house will sell nail adhesives and silk or fiberglass strips that can be glued onto the nail plate. You will need to purchase a 240 grit buffer and a 240 grit file, a roll of sild, or a package of pre-cut strips, a container of 5 second nail resin and a can of fast setting spray to cure the resin. With the 240 grit buffer, gently file the surface of thenail plate to comopletely remove the surface shine. Wipe the nail palte with alcohol to remove all nail dust and the alcohol will temporarily dehydrate the nail plate. Apply the strip (the easiest is the pre-cut with self-adhesive on the back.) Use an orangewood stick to press the silk to the nail plate - using your fingers will allow skin oils to penetrate the fabric, and oil is a separating medium. If you are not using self-adhesive strips, coat the nail surface with the resin, then lay the silk into the resin. If using pre-adhesive strips, after you lay the silk on the nail plate, apply a coating of the resin, then spray to set. Apply a second coat, set, then using the 240-grit file, file in a downward sweep across the free edge to remove any excess silk. If the surface is 'bumpy', simply use the 240-grit buffer to smooth the surface, then apply a coat of basecoat. Walla!

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