4 nail professionals share their tips for quickly repairing damaged nails

The first impression is important. When you meet someone new for the first time, it may be instinctive to make eye contact, smile and shake hands. Hopefully you will meet a firm handshake –although etiquette practices vary greatly from country to country— and not being grazed by a gnarled set of nails, an open wound, or jagged cuticles, but hey, it happens. No matter which side of the handshake you’re on, odds are that if it’s a rough round, you’ll leave the meeting with a strong desire to head to your nearest nail salon.

But wait – this might not be the best course of action. In fact, it’s possible that too many manicures could be the source of damaged nails in the first place. So instead of masking any unsightly or uncomfortable nail imperfections with a slick coat of polish, take a moment to pause and reflect on how to fix the problem, not just cover it up.

Unfortunately, there are a multitude of ways nails can be damaged. Whether from overuse of gel or acrylic nail techniques, vitamin deficiency, direct damage to the nail bed, or seasonal skin care concernsit is actually quite easy for nails to fall into a state of decay.

Fortunately, there are also several simple ways to get your nails back in tip-top shape, and who better to advise us on these tactics than professionals who deal with nail problems every day? We reached out to editorial manicurist Jin Soon Choi, Olive and June founder and CEO Sarah Gibson Tuttle, celebrity crystal manicurist Mazz Hanna, and Varnish Lane co-founder Lauren Dunne for the best tips, tricks, and treatments for repairing damaged nails.

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