Nail Problems

Healthy nail

healthy nailProblem: A healthy nail is firm yet flexible, and can absorb normal shocks without splitting or chipping. Its surface is smooth with a subtle sheen and doesn't peel or flake at the tip.

Solution: Even normal nails need protection. MAVALA 002 double-action base coat protects the nail plate and lengthens the life of a manicure. MAVALA Colorfix applied after the color has dried adds further protection and makes a manicure last even longer. For busy women, Mavadry 918 dries nail polish in a few seconds and enhances the color. Use MAVALA Extra-Mild Nail Polish Remover to remove nail enamel, as it is acetone-free, and will treat your nails with care.

Dry, breaking nail

breaking nailProblem: A dry nail breaks and flakes. This type of nail has to be nourished and reinforced. The problem is frequently due to insufficient nutrients in the diet, but also can be caused by contact with harsh substances such as detergents.

Solution: Apply Nailactan cream at night to counteract dryness and increase the nail's elasticity and suppleness by providing all the necessary elements to their roots. MAVALA Scientifique penetrating nail hardener brushed onto the tip of the nails in advance of a manicure adds necessary reinforcement against splitting and breaking. These type of nails should always wear the protective base coat, Barrier Base. Use MAVALA Extra-Mild Nail Polish Remover to remove nail enamel, as it is acetone-free, and will treat your nails with care.

Delicate, fragile nail

fragile nailProblem: A delicate nail chips or breaks with rough treatment. It often results from mineral and calcium deficiencies, or overexposure to water and harsh cleaning products.

Solution: Delicate tips can benefit from a weekly application of MAVALA Scientifique penetrating hardener. When dry, brush on Barrier Base, which will add further strength. Nailactan, nourishing treatment cream, massaged into the nail base each night increases nail's elasticity and suppleness and stimulates healthy and vigorous growth. Use MAVALA Extra-Mild Nail Polish Remover to remove nail enamel, as it is acetone-free, and will treat your nails with care.

Soft nail

soft nailProblem: A soft nail bends and tears easily, and needs extra protection. Its cause is often a lack of proper vitamins and minerals in the daily diet. It can also be caused by illness.

Solution: MAVALA Scientifique penetrating nail hardener applied to the tips of nails only, adds strength at the nails' most vulnerable point. When completely dry, proceed with your manicure. MAVALA Nail Shield, a two-phase treatment comprised of nylonized base coat and sealer, mechanically reinforces the entire nail. Nailactan, nourishing treatment cream, massaged into the nail base each night, stimulates the development of healthy nails. Use MAVALA Extra-Mild Nail Polish Remover to remove nail enamel, as it is acetone-free, and will treat your nails with care.

Thin nail

thin nailProblem: A thin nail is subject to breaking and splitting, and should be reinforced. It is usually caused by dietary deficiencies of calcium, minerals and vitamins, but also can be brought on by illness.

Solution: MAVALA Scientifique penetrating nail hardener applied to the tips of nails only, adds strength at the nails' most vulnerable point. MAVALA Nail Shield, a two-phase treatment comprised of nylonized base coat and sealer, reinforces the entire nail. Nailactan, nourishing treatment cream, massaged into the nail base each night, provides suppleness and elasticity, and stimulates healthy and vigorous growth. Use MAVALA Extra-Mild Nail Polish Remover to remove nail enamel, as it is acetone-free, and will treat your nails with care.

Damaged, brittle nail

damaged nailProblem: It lacks sheen, elasticity and resistance to impact. It is frequently due to insufficient nutrients in the diet, but also can be caused by contact with harsh substances such as detergents.

Solution: Apply Nailactan cream at night to counteract dryness and increase the nail's elasticity and suppleness by providing all the necessary nourishing elements to their roots. MAVALA Scientifique penetrating nail hardener brushed onto the tips of the nails, once a week, in advance of a manicure, adds necessary reinforcement against splitting and breaking. These nails should always wear a moisturizing base coat such as Barrier-Base. It is also important to use Extra-Mild Polish Remover, as it is acetone-free, and will treat your nails with care.

Lightly ridged nail

ridged nailProblem: A ridged nail has surface irregularities, usually in the form of ridges which run the length of the nail from matrix to tip. This condition has been linked to various dermatological disorders as well as illness.

Solution: MAVALA Buffer Kit is an effective solution for slightly ridged nails. The gray buffer smoothes the surface, and the pink buffer gives the nails a healthy sheen. Ridge Filler, a specific treatment product developed for more deeply ridged nails, evens out surface irregularities and prepares the nail for manicure. Nailactan nourishing treatment cream, massaged into the nail base each night, will help promote the growth of healthy nails.

Splitting nail

splitting nailProblem: It has fragile tips which can easily split or break off. It is often due to dietary deficiencies or overexposure to water and strong cleaning substances.

Solution: MAVALA Scientifique penetrating nail hardener, applied to the tip of the nail only, bonds the three layers of the nail plate and makes it more resistant. Always apply the moisturizing base coat Barrier Base for additional protection before the application of nail polish. Nailactan nourishing treatment cream, massaged daily into the nail base, will give them suppleness and elasticity. Use MAVALA Extra Mild Nail Polish Remover to remove nail enamel, as it is acetone-free, and will treat your nails with care.

Bitten nail

bitten nailProblem: This is the result of a bad habit, frequently originating in childhood and is a reflection of nervousness.

Solution: For adults and children over two years old. MAVALA Stop is a completely harmless product which has the appearance of clear enamel. Apply a coat of MAVALA Stop every day on the entire surface of nails (over your nail polish). Its distinct bitter taste will "warn" you not to put your fingers into your mouth and will help you overcome this bad habit. For a better action, protect your nails beforehand with MAVALA Nail Shield, a two-phase treatment. Massage regularly the nail contour with MAVALA Cuticle Cream which softens the cuticles and makes them supple. No more hangnails to tempt you to groom them with your teeth. At the same time, massage your nails with Nailactan, nourishing cream which will increase nail's resistance and stimulate a healthy growth.

Slow-growing nail

slow growing nailProblem: The nail takes longer to reach its mature length; therefore, any damage or irregularity is more lasting. This condition can be hereditary or brought on by ill-health or improper diet.

Solution: Mavaderma, massage oil, to be applied daily in light massage, is specially formulated to activate blood flow to the matrix and therefore stimulate nail growth. This oil nourishes the nail at its base and provides a new resistance. At the same time, we suggest you to use MAVALA Buffer Kit which stimulates and promotes blood circulation that encourages nail growth by giving nails a smooth and glossy aspect. Always use MAVALA Extra-Mild Nail Polish Remover, as it is acetone-free and will treat your nails with care.

Stained or yellow nail

yellow nailProblem: A stained nail has a yellow aspect and unattractive streaks or splotches. It is generally caused by tobacco or the application of nail polish directly onto the nail plate, without a protective base coat.

Solution: We recommend that you use MAVALA Buffer Kit. The gray buffer smoothes and reduces staining, while the pink buffer gives the nails a healthy sheen. Always apply MAVALA 002 base coat to provide a protective barrier between colored pigments contained in nail polish and the nail itself. Use MAVALA Extra Mild Nail Polish Remover to remove nail enamel, as it is acetone-free, and will treat your nails with care.

Overgrown cuticles

overgrown cuticlesProblem: Overgrown cuticles detract from the neat outline of the nail, and can split to form annoying hangnails. Excessive growth of the cuticle can be systematic, but it is more frequently caused by lack of attention to regular moisturizing and removal of excess tissue.

Solution: Use MAVALA Cuticle Remover once a week on the nail contour to clean away dead skin. Apply Cuticle Cream or Cuticle Oil every day to keep tissue supple and elastic. Never trim tissue away with cuticle scissors, as this could thicken the skin.

Thick, inflexible nail

thick nailProblem: This condition occurs because the keratin has become impregnated with calcium or silicon. This type of nail is often associated with persons suffering from arteriosclerosis. Continued hard manual labor can also produce excessive keratinization and thick nails.

Solution: MAVALA Buffer Kit is an effective solution for this type of nail: the gray buffer smoothes the surface and the pink buffer gives the nail a healthy sheen. No other particular care is needed. However we recommend the same protection as for healthy nails: use MAVALA 002 double-action base coat to protect and prolong the life of your manicure, and MAVALA Colorfix over dry nail polish for additional protection against flaking of nail polish.

Nail with longitudinal grooves

nail with longitudinal groovesProblem: They are parallel furrows running the length of the nail which, when they reach the free edge, can crack and give an irregular appearance. They frequently appear in older people and can be evidence of certain illnesses such as lichen planus, renal failure, etc.

Solution: MAVALA Buffer Kit is an effective solution for this type of nail: the gray buffer smoothes the surface and the pink buffer gives the nail a healthy sheen. Ridge Filler, a specific treatment product developed for more deeply ridged nails, evens out surface irregularities and prepares the nail for manicure. Nailactan treatment cream, massaged in every night, over the root of the nails, will help promote the growth of healthy nails. In extreme cases or when the use of MAVALA products does not give satisfactory results, we suggest consulting a dermatologist for a complete diagnosis and recommended treatment.

Nail with transversal grooves

nail with transversal groovesProblem: Can be caused by severe infection which harms the matrix and shows up as a deep groove running across the nail, which grows out with time. In certain chronic conditions, such as eczema, "manicure trauma", etc. waves may appear, separated by expanses of normal nail.

Solution: MAVALA Buffer Kit is an effective solution for traversal ridged nails: the gray buffer smoothes the surface and the pink buffer gives the nail a healthy sheen. Ridge Filler, a specific treatment product developed for more deeply ridged nails, evens out surface irregularities and prepares the nail for manicure. Nailactan treatment cream, massaged in every night, over the root of the nails, will help promote the growth of healthy nails. In extreme cases or when the use of MAVALA products does not give satisfactory results, we suggest consulting a dermatologist for a complete diagnosis and recommended treatment.

Nail with spotted erosion

nail with spotted erosionProblem: They are small depressions on the nail surface, varying in number, size and placement, and are frequently associated with skin disorders.

Solution: MAVALA Buffer Kit is an effective solution for this type of nail: the gray buffer smoothes the surface and the pink buffer gives the nail a healthy sheen. Ridge Filler, a specific treatment product developed for more deeply ridged nails, evens out surface irregularities and prepares the nail for manicure. Nailactan treatment cream, massaged in every night, over the root of the nails, will help promote the growth of healthy nails. In extreme cases or when the use of MAVALA products does not give satisfactory results, we suggest consulting a dermatologist for a complete diagnosis and recommended treatment.

White or white spotted nail

white nailProblem: Leuconychia (from the Greek leukos = white) can be due to a blow to the nail plate, heredity, or over-zealous manicures. Internal causes can be linked to menstruation or severe illness.

Solution: MAVALA cosmetic products cannot solve leuchonychia itself. Only a dermatologist is able to diagnose a precise remedy and prescribe a treatment. However, you can still have a manicure. First use the protective base coat, MAVALA 002 double-action, then two fine coats of Mini Color, and finish with Colorfix, so that your nail polish lasts longer.

Brown or black nail

brown nailProblem: This frequently results from professional hazards, i.e. hair-dressers, carpenters, bakers, and photographers who come in contact with damaging products such as potassium permanganate, silver nitrate, abusive cosmetics (nail enamel containing many pigments), hair dyes, tobacco, etc. It can also be caused by general illness, mycosis infections, etc.

Solution: Avoid manipulating products that cause this coloring. However, if the nail coloring is caused by an illness, MAVALA products do not have any solution. We suggest consulting a dermatologist for a complete diagnosis and recommended treatment. However, you can still have a manicure. First use the protective base coat, MAVALA 002 double-action, then two fine coats of Mini Color (preferably a dark shade), and finish with Colorfix so that your nail polish lasts longer.

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