Monday, March 18, 2013

How to Handle a Hangnail

hang nail

What is a Hangnail?

A hangnail is that hard dry piece of skin that sticks out at the side of your nail. They occur when the skin gets dry from the environment or too much contact with water, paper,chemicals or other drying substances. My friend calls them stepmothers.


How to Removal a Hangnail


cuticle nippers to remove hang nail

Don't pull it! Don't bite it! 

If your do, you will leave a opening in the skin that gets sore and can easily become infected. 

Use cuticle nippers to trim off the hangnail or wrap a bandaid around it until you can get to your nail technician to have it trimmed off. 

How to Prevent a Hangnail


trimmed off hangnail
Help prevent hangnails by applying a little cuticle oil and a good moisturizer several times a day to help keep the skin moist. 

Protect the nails and skin by wearing gloves when cleaning to avoid excess exposure to water and cleaning products. 

Wear gloves when it's cold outside to protect the skin from dehydrating in the cold dry air.
    

My favorite cuticle nippers size is 1/4 jaw nippers. 
1/4 jaw cuticle nipper

1/4 is the size of the cutting area on the nipper. Sometimes this size nipper can be hard to find.

I hope this post helps you handle those annoying hangnails

  Have a Beautiful Nail Day!
xo
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist
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