Natural Nails

According to an article published in the journal Nailpro, the desire to have long beautiful nails first began in China during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), when aristocratic women grew their nails up to 10 inches long as a sign that they performed any manual labor. To protect their nails, they often sheathed them in gold or silver. Chinese men also grew long nails as a sign of manhood and to protect themselves from evil. Our fascination with long nails are still growing, and has established nails as a multi-billion dollar industry.

Ask someone to show you their nails, and they usually refer to the nail, however, the plate and only one in many parts that make up the whole unit nails.

Nail unit
  • Near the nail fold: means 'soon annexed the end' soft tissue that protects the emerging nail plate.
  • Lateral nail fold: Is it an extension of the nail near the fold, and protects each side of the nail.
  • Eponychium is the tip of the nail fold that appears close to finish at the base of the nail.
  • Eponychium will deliver a thin layer of skin that are colorless and riding on the nail plate, and it seems to grow from under the nails near the fold. This skin is transparent, which is called 'true cuticle', which was removed during the process of manicuring.
  • Lunula: white and opaque pale 'half moon' in the base of the nail, and forms an immature and emerging plump cells nail plate. And these cells grow forward, they lose the internal material and become flat, hard and transparent.
  • Noticeably Edge: the long and often referred to as the 'edge-free'.
Nail Plate:
  • The nail plate is made of keratin protein consisting of amino acids. These proteins are strong and flexible materials made of several layers of dead, flattened cells. Hair and skin are also keratin protein, but it was lighter and more flexible.
  • Matrix: the matrix produces the cells that become the nail plate. Size and length and form of a matrix display and determine the thickness of the nail. Is a form of finger bone, which determines if the nail flat, ski-jump, arched or hooked.
Nail Bed:
  • The nail is made of two types of tissue: the epidermis and dermis. The dermis is the lower part of which is attached to the bone, while the skin is just under the nail plate. Skin forward with the nail plate and attached to the dermis of the bars 'small grooves' that allow the nail plate to move - like a lot of riding the train derailed. As we age, the nail plate becomes thinner and we see evidence on the 'rail and groove' as it rises in the vertical plate of the nail.
  • This type of cuticle is a layer of transparent, and dead cells that are shed from the seal between the nail and hyponychium. Either peel off on its own, or are removed during the process of manicures. This skin, and if not removed, can become stained with nicotine and / or other chemicals, and will give the appearance that the remote edge of the nail plate is distorted.
  • refers to the pale skin, which is the end of the remote unit the nail and nail. It is located directly under the 'edge-free'. Onychodermal Band: This is the seal between the nail and hyponychium. It is found only under the free edge, and can be identified from the glass, gray color.


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