Problems of the Natural Nail

Lack of Growth Many people will say that they cannot grow their nails naturally.  This could be because their nails actually do grow slower than average or it may be that they just keep breaking  or very weak.  The Qtica Natural Nail Growth Stimulator has active garlic enzymes and amino acids that work with the nails natural process to hydrate, strengthen and keep the nail in perfect balance. The average rate of growth is 3mm per month but a bio-stimulant may speed up the rate of growth to 6mm in just 14 days.

(bio stimulant found in nail growth polish)


The natural nail can have problems with dryness just like the skin or hair.  If you are having trouble keeping on polish it could be due an overly dry nail plate.  Signs of dryness are:

  • the nail is stiff and inflexible
  • the nail has superficial white spots
  • flaking or separation of the layers of the nail plate

An overly dry nail plate can be caused by excessive use of products designed to prevent chipping.  If the nail is dry and separating it is important to buff out the separations before applying polish or the nail will flake apart and the polish will chip off with the flaking nail.


When a nail is extremely dry it can become very brittle which means that it will break off very easily.  If your nails are already brittle, using a hardening product will only create more problems.  The brittleness is due to a lack of moisture and hardening products are designed to harden the nail by drying it out –  this makes the nail even more brittle and creates more breakage.

Products designed to prevent chipping will also make the problem worse because they are also designed to dry the nail out, as will polishes with active formaldehyde.  Some type of hydrating product such as a cream or nail oil would be best for strengthening very brittle nails.


Cracking is different from brittleness in that the nail doesn’t actually break off it just cracks, usually on the side of the nail where it is under stress.  The most common cause of cracking is incorrect filing.  The natural nail should always be filed from corner to center in one direction on one side then from corner to center in one direction on the other side.

A one directional filing m motion should also be used when filing the nail down from the center.  If a back and forth sawing motion is used to file the natural nail it will create tiny stress breaks in the nail that will lead to cracking.  The back and  forth sawing motion of filing should only be used on artificial enhancements.


Some people have the problem of their nail plate being too oily, just like their hair or skin.  This can lead to problems with their polish staying on because the oil is lifting the base coat off the nail.  Some technicians believe the dryer the nail plate, the better the polish will adhere and so they over use product and end up over drying the nail.

If the nail plate is stripped of moisture it will trigger the production of more oil, which will only make the problem worse.  Plus over drying the natural nail will make it brittle and more prone to breakage as well as flaking, which will cause the polish to flake,  The best solution for an oily nail plate is to clean off the nail plate before polishing without over drying it by using an acetone based polish remover.  In addition a base coat that can adjust for moisture and bend with the natural nail will adhere best and be less prone to lifting.


Some people have a problem with their nails being to soft.  Too much water in the nail usually causes this, which can be the result of job, lifestyle, housework, etc.  When artificial enhancements are first removed the nail plate will be very soft indeed.  There are also certain medications that can cause a softening of the nail due to how they affect the body’s natural functions

Traditional nail hardeners will harden an overly soft nail yet they will do it by drying the nail out so much that the nail becomes inflexible and brittle.  The key is to harden the nail without drying the nail out so that the nail becomes stronger, yet still remains flexible.


The problem of peeling can occur when the nail is too soft and moist.  When the nail is too soft and moist the layers of the nail plate will peel apart and separate like tissue paper.  This is most common when artificial enhancements are first removed.

It is important to strengthen the nail without drying it out to correct the problem of peeling.  This is achieved by adding to the sulfur amino acids and proteins that make up the nails natural keratin structure, such as with the Qtica Natural Nail Developer and by painting on a lacquer that contains both.  This will strengthen the nail by giving the nail plate several extra layers of keratin.


Flaking of the nail plate occurs when the nail is overly dry and flakes apart usually at the free edge.  This can be cause by:

  • using pure acetone on the nail
  • using stripping products designed to reduce chipping
  • using nail hardeners with active formaldehyde
  • incorrect filing
  • using polish with formaldehyde
  • lifestyle
  • medication

Once the nail has started to flake there is nothing that can be applied topically to fuse the layers back together.  The only solution is to buff the flakes away.  When buffing the natural nail always used a super find buffing block and buff in one direction.  Never use a back and forth motion when buffing across the body of the natural nail.  If the flaking goes too deep into the layers of the nail plate it may have to be only partially buffed down and then just grown out.


Ridges in the nail can be either vertical running down the length of the nail or horizontal across the body of the nail.

Ridges can be caused by:

  • vitamin deficiencies
  • hormonal changes
  • skin conditions
  • lack of moisture
  • heredity
  • artificial enhancements

Sometimes a change in diet or lifestyle can improve the appearance of ridge, other times they just must be buffed out at each manicure.


White spots can be either superficial or deep in the layers of the nail plate.  Wearing polish for weeks at a time will most often cause surface spots.  These white spots are most commonly seen on the toes of people who leave their toe polish on for more than a month at a time.

There is no way to correct the existing damage, it must just be buffed down and grown out.  White spots that are deep in the nail plate usually indicate damage done to the matrix or a vitamin deficiency.