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We are starting a series sharing tips and tricks on how to grow healthy nails. What better way to kick things off than with a mini breakdown of  what makes up a Finger-nail. The first step to achieving strong and healthy nails is understanding your nail structure. There’s more to your nails than your cuticles you know:

Matrix
Where new nail plate cells are created and the nail plate begins to form.

Lunula
A bluish-white, opaque area that is visible through the nail plate. This area is the front part of the nail matrix. Sometimes, it’s called the “moon.” The lunula is the front part of the matrix we can see, or in other words, the visible matrix.Since it is the exposed portion of the matrix, this area is not protected by the eponychium. It is easy bruised with every day life tasks.

Eponychium
Living skin at the base of the nail plate that covers the matrix area. This should NOT be confused with the “cuticle”.
Proximal Fold Of The Eponychium

Healthy Proximal Fold
A tight band of living tissue that most people incorrectly think is their “cuticle”.The proximal fold is a required guardian seal that prevents germs and bacteria from getting to the nail matrix, where new cells are created.The best way to keep this skin soft and tight to the nail plate is with a high quality, penetrating nail and cuticle oil.

Cuticle
A thin layer of dead tissue riding on the nail plate to form a seal between the nail plate and the eponychim to prevent pathogens from infecting the matrix area. The cuticle pulls away from the underside of the eponychium and attaches tenaciously to the nail plate

Nail Plate
Composed of hardened, flat, translucent, non-living, keratin nail cells that form a solid, protective layer over the underlying soft tissue.The average person has 50 layers of keratin cells that make up the nail plate.The thickness of your nails is determined by the size of your matrix.

Nail Bed
The soft, pink tissue that sits underneath and supports the nail plate while it grows. The nail bed should NOT be confused with the nail “plate”.

Hyponychium
A soft tissue seal underneath the extended “free” edge of the nail plate whose purpose is to prevent pathogens from infecting the nail bed.

Bone
Bone supports and shapes both the nail matrix and nail bed. The flat or curved shape of your nails is determined by the shape of your fingertip bone.

Now you know what different parts makeup your precious fingernails, stay tuned to learn more valuable knowledge about how to grow healthy nails!

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Ify is an avid Healthy Nails advocate who believes simply caring for your Natural nails is the key to growing healthy nails. She is the CEO of Maison de Ongles,  an online beauty store that retails a wide variety of nail care tools, enhancers and equipment.

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If you missed Part 1 of this series, click here. Here we are with the second and final part to this series, sharing some of the best Nail Technicians in Nigeria recommended by YOU, our beautiful followers (via Instagram). We strongly recommend you bookmark this post for easy  reference when next you need a Manicure.

To discover even MORE Nigerian Nail Technicians/Manicurists visit: BeautyDirectoryNG.com

1. NAILS BY RONNY

 

 

BeautyDirectoryNG Listing: Nails By Ronny

Location: By Appointment Only


2. SAM X NAILS

 

 

BeautyDirectoryNG Listing: Sam X Nails

Location: Abule Oja, Lagos


3. JAMES NAILS

 

 

 

BeautyDirectoryNG Listing: James Nails

Location: Lekki Phase 1, Lagos


 

4. THE NAIL COTTAGE

 

 

 

BeautyDirectoryNG Listing: The Nail Cottage

Location: Oniru, Lagos


 

5. NAIL MAESTRO COUTURE

 

 

 

BeautyDirectoryNG Listing: Nail Maestro Couture

Location: Abule Oja, Lagos


 

6. NAIL ARCADE

 

 

BeautyDirectoryNG Listing: Nail Arcade

Location: Lekki Phase 1, Lagos


 

7. CRAFTY NAILS

 

 

 

BeautyDirectoryNG Listing: Crafty Nails

Location: By Appointment Only


 

8. SHARON’S SIGNATURE

 

 

 

BeautyDirectoryNG Listing: Sharon’s Signature

Location: Lekki Phase 1, Lagos


9. GEENITE

 

 

 

BeautyDirectoryNG Listing: Geenite

Location: Abulegba, Lagos


10. DARLYNTINS NAILS

BeautyDirectoryNG Listing: Darlyntins Nails

Location: Lekki Phase 1, Lagos


 

Be sure to check out BeautyDirectoryNG to discover even MORE Nigerian Nail Technicians!

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From Surulere to Lekki, Abuja to Portharcourt, we are sharing some of the best Nail Technicians in Nigeria recommended by YOU, our beautiful followers (via Instagram). We strongly recommend you bookmark this post for easy  reference when next you need a Manicure.

To discover even MORE Nigerian Nail Technicians/Manicurists visit: BeautyDirectoryNG.com

1. VERSCHONA

 

 

BeautyDirectoryNG Listing: Verschona

Location: Surulere, Lagos


2. DAYO SAMUEL NAILS

 

BeautyDirectoryNG Listing: Dayo Samuel Nails

Location: Lekki Phase 1, Lagos


3. LUV MARIAM NAILS

 

BeautyDirectoryNG Listing: Luv Mariam Nails

Location: Lekki Phase 1, Lagos


 

4. MICHAEL’S NAILS

 

BeautyDirectoryNG Listing: Michael’s Nails

Location: Lekki Phase 1, Lagos


 

5. FEDINAND NAILS

 

BeautyDirectoryNG Listing: Fedinand Nails

Location: Lekki Phase 1, Lagos


 

6. PRINCE NAILS

 

BeautyDirectoryNG Listing: Prince Nails

Location: Abuja


 

7. NAIL GLAZE

 

BeautyDirectoryNG Listing: Nail Glaze

Location: Surulere, Lagos


 

8. BELLEZZA STUDS NAILS

 

BeautyDirectoryNG Listing: Belleza Studs Nails

Location: Port-Harcourt


9. KENNY’S NAIL BAR

 

BeautyDirectoryNG Listing: Kenny’s Nail Bar

Location: Lekki Phase 1, Lagos


10. HAIR BY KOKO BEAUTY LOUNGE

BeautyDirectoryNG Listing: Hair By Koko Beauty Lounge

Location: Lekki Phase 1, Lagos


 

Be sure to check out BeautyDirectoryNG to discover even MORE Nigerian Nail Technicians!

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I sometimes get comments about how the Manicures I share look good on my nails but won’t work on short(er) nails. So I decided to share a few pictures of perfectly manicured short nails to let you know that the perfect manicure doesn’t depend on the length of the nails. These pictures also show different nail shapes that can be achieved on shorter nails.

Neat cuticles, well-shaped & perfectly applied polish are the elements that contribute to the perfect manicure!

Photo cred: @VipNailsRU on Instagram

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