Your Nastiest Nail Issues Solved
We all deal with chipped polish and a hangnail here and there. Next time you have a nail issue that's truly gross, here's what to do about it
Ridges on your thumbAlong with leg shaking and hair twirling, thumbnail flicking is another unconscious habit. The repeated backwards pressure causes "the thumbnail to become thick and ridged," says Bailey.
The fix? Grab some Bag Balm, $8.89. It's an old-time farm remedy for repairing horses' hooves, but it's also great for softening human nails, says Bailey. "It's loaded with lanolin, which comes from wool and softens the keratin in nails." Whether you have ridged or splitting nails, Bailey says, "it's a wonderful cure-all for nail abnormalities."
Make sure to apply the ointment soon after you come out of the shower. "Your nails soak up more water than your skin or hair. You can seal the water in with the ointment, which helps make the nail soft and pliable," she says.
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