With the cold air & dry heat, hangnails seem to pop up when we’re not looking. They snag in your hair or clothes and can be oh so painful…. amiright? We’re asked about hangnails sooo often, we thought we’d break them down for ya here.
What is a hangnail?
Hangnails can be made up of hardened, dead skin on the side of the nails, but they can also be part of your actual nail plate that has been damaged & frayed.
How do we get hangnails?
They’re typically caused by the thickening of the skin due to dehydration/hardening or picking the skin surrounding the sides of the nail. Biting your nails, creates weakness to the fragile nail layers and can cause them, as well.
Is there any help for the ragged?
Of Course! Once you spot the hangnail, immediately apply a hydrating cuticle oil to the hangnail itself and nail plate. Massage it in for at least 10 seconds (treat your other fingers too, while you’re at it!). Re-apply several times a day to keep the area hydrated. The oil is absorbed very quickly to soften the hangnail and assists in the healing process. Once the hangnail is softened, you can carefully trim it with a cuticle scissor or nipper. And never, ever, pick at it!
How do you prevent these little buggers from poppin’ up again?
- Do not bite your nails or your skin surrounding your nails.
- Getting professional manicures will help, but Do not soak your fingers in water for your manicure. Nails absorb the water and when it evaporates it takes valuable nutrients & hydration with it.
- Nail polish remover can be drying. Use nail polish remover that keeps nails hydrated and healthy. (we LOVE this one)
- When polishing your nails, always remove any polish that gets on your skin right away.(that includes base and topcoat, which is all very drying).
- Get in the habit of moisturizing your cuticles daily with an oil or oil based balm. (We LOVE this one) It’ll hydrate your skin & keep nails from getting dry or brittle.