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Cornelia Franks, a cosmetic skin and body expert from Dover Shire Walker, shares her expert advice on repairing dry damaged nails. Cornelia Franks, a cosmetic skin and body expert from Dover Shire Walker, shares her expert advice on repairing dry damaged nails.

In a precarious time when most nails are dull, it’s important to ensure they remain and heal well. Cornelia Franks, a cosmetic skin and body expert from Dover Shire Walker, explains the art of healing nails and suggests the methods for doing so in the salon.

How do you heal cracked and dented nails?

It depends on the condition of the nail and what was done wrong. Often the nail bed is flat because there is good blood circulation and great blood flow. A treatment such as a peel will fix all sorts of rough layers. But unless they are really hammered or polished, a self-nail smoothing treatment won’t do much. The nails will be puckered up – both the nail bed and cuticle layers need time to dry. The base and surface of the nail bed should get the best of the peeling out, while the cuticle and tip areas get less treatment.

If a nail is cracked, the nail needs to be puffed out. This is done by wetting the area and patting it back. Add a drop of extra to a little bit of oil and push your finger over the area. The excess pumice will glisten but the tip of the nail and cuticle still have some moisture in them. If you can fit around your nail or mouth, rubbing your finger over the area. This will give the area extra sunlight and help the drying process.

It is vital that the underlying nail bed is also managed to prevent the nail biting and weeping in the future. There needs to be adequate blood flow to the nail bed, which is done by leaving the area in the sun with some coconut oil to soak up the sun. If any chipping or bleeding is occurring, the area should be left a few minutes.

Also maintain a good volume by exfoliating daily to ensure the nail bed retains moisture and there is firmness. There are non-lethal methods – try a giant squeezing bag. By applying a small amount of baking soda, a sucker bag can be applied to a rough or tangy area. This will kill off the little tart rinds and plumps out the area. Ice is often applied to smooth over top of the area for ease of movement. Sliced banana slices are also effective as they provide force and effort.

Do you know any tips to help prevent chipping?

Chipping is caused when the nail’s surface is cracked or puckered up. If you are carpal tunnel-bound, a crease has formed around your wrist which can facilitate the crack. The nail can become jagged if you don’t remove it soon enough after the damage. If you have lots of chipping you will get clumps of nail falling out at varying angles. A fresh coat of a form-lining nail polish is a quick, effective treatment, as it is applied directly over the areas that are chipped. It cannot be seen or it cannot be felt, so you won’t feel the gel.

Do you have any secrets for natural nail polish?

Nail polish itself can be quite greasy so if you love putting on bold shades, you may want to apply a gel. Gel nail polish looks great for this but if you feel a bit uptight or awkward you can try a dusky pink nail polish or even a brown, either will look great and are best served by an extra coat.

Many nail labels claim that the natural compound is more durable than the formulated version. But this cannot be truly proven. The form made by the manufacturer is actually in salt and so has become even stronger than natural formite, which means that in comparison, natural nail polish is weaker.

There is a lot of polish in the market these days which is now improved. Instead of giving you strong edge lines, the form is softer and is harder in application. It doesn’t need as much base coat either, so you can wear it all day without putting pressure on the nails.