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The perfect base for nails – Well begun is half done!

Op 17 08 2017 in

A good base is essential if you want to achieve perfectly polished nails, whether you are using nail polish or gel. Check out the different things you can do or that you can recommend in order to guarantee your customer perfect nails. 


1. Discoloured nails


What is this?  

“There are several reasons why nails become discoloured”, according to Debbie Van Lint, product development manager at ProNails.  “Certain diseases and conditions can cause your nails to turn green or blue for instance. If you suddenly notice this, I would definitely recommend going to see your GP. Nicotine can also leave unsightly yellow-brown stains on your nails. But the most common – and actually most harmless - culprit is nail polish. Certain pigments can penetrate into your nails and turn your nails an unattractive, yellow.”

 

How to avoid it? 

“Always apply a special base coat before you apply a layer of coloured nail polish,” explained the nail specialist. “A layer of ordinary transparent nail polish will not do. It will just add extra shine to your nails. You need a base coat as it provides a protective layer that seals the nail. Thanks to the special formula of the base coat, the coloured nail polish that you apply on top will retain its attractive appearance for longer. It is also important to invest in a good nail polish remover. Be sure to choose one that contains no acetone, because this will damage the natural structure of your nails, which then become porous, which in turn makes them prey to discolouring.”

 

How to solve the problem?  

“If you forget to apply a base coat and your nails turn yellow, you can remove the upper, discoloured layer by polishing it with a buffer. However, you should avoid doing this too often and limit it to maximum twice a month. Another option is to soak your fingertips in a bath of lemon juice or water with a whitening powder. But don’t forget to use a nourishing nail polish or a serum in order to help restore your nails to their original condition.’

PN LongWear Start 10 ml  (€ 14,95)

PN Non acetone remover 100 ml(€ 6,90)

 

2. White patches


 

What is this?  

“Everyone gets white patches on their nails at some point in their life. They are quite harmless. They are absolutely not an indication of a lack of calcium or other minerals as is often stated. They are actually little blips that occur as the nail grows. They are made up of keratinocytes that are white when the nail first emerges. You can see this clearly if you look at the lunula (moon shape) that is visible at the root of the nail; it is much lighter than the rest of your nail. As your nail grows, the keratinocytes become transparent, so that they appear to be pale pink. But if you bang your nail against something or if your cuticle, at the base of your nail, is damaged, the growth of these keratinocytes is disturbed and they stay white. This is when you end up with white patches,” Debbie explains. 

 

How to avoid it? 

“The only think you can do in order to avoid white patches is to take good care of your cuticles and try not to bang your nails against anything. But that’s easier said than done of course.” 

 

How to solve the problem?  

“An attractive bright colour will easily cover and camouflage imperfections. And really, you shouldn’t despair if you find yourself with a white patch on your nail; it will simply grow out after a while.”

 

Nail Serum 10 ml ( €19,50)
PN LongWear Nail Polish ( €14,95)

3. Uneven nails


 

What is this?  

“Some people have nails that are never lovely and smooth, but have horizontal or vertical ridges. It’s nothing to be concerned about, but some people may find it unattractive.”

How to avoid it? 

“Uneven nails are often the result of a past injury. If your nail matrix is damaged, it may change shape and the growth of the nail will follow this shape. Unfortunately, there is no solution for this problem; you can only try to avoid accidents and injuries. Ridges on nails are also a typical sign of growing older.” 

 

How to solve the problem?  

“You can camouflage irregularities by using a filler base coat. If you apply this under your coloured nail polish, you will hardly notice the uneven texture any more at all. You could also try to use a buffer to remove less prominent ridges. But don’t go about it wildly or you might end up damaging your nail.”
 

Even Nails (€14,25)

 

 



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