Nail Health 101

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We weren’t sure if you knew this about us, but we are OBSESSED with nails!

Behind every nail service here at Poppy & Monroe, is a person committed to not only giving you the best guest experience, but to making sure that the health and integrity of your nails are always top of mind.

Here’s some nail health information for you, so you can understand exactly why we do things the way we do here at Poppy & Monroe.

A healthy nail isn’t just the best platform for the perfect mani/pedi, it’s also a great indicator of overall health and wellness. An unhealthy nail can be a symptom of illness or vitamin deficiency.

Healthy nails will have a consistent color, and will look and feel smooth.

When looking at nail abnormalities, many are quite common. One example is nail discoloration due to injuries. These tend to be harmless, and usually clear up after time. Helpful Hint - fingernails usually take 6 months to grow out while toenails take 1 year. Some nail abnormalities can be solved with a change in diet and care, while some require a consultation with your doctor. These include redness and swelling around the nails, as well as thickening or thinning of the nails. If your nails happen to bleed excessively or lift from the skin, we recommend calling a doctor right away (we have a great local Podiatrist recommendation if you need one).

Knowing how to take care of your nails at home is also key to optimal nail health. Keeping your nails clean and dry is at the top of the list. Trimming your nails when completely dry is best to maintain the health of your nails, as well as moisturizing often. Always trim your toenails straight across to avoid ingrown nails. Making sure you are only receiving services from licensed professionals in a clean environment, preferably with 5 free+ polish will also help keep the integrity of the nail in tact. We recommend never cutting your cuticles, because that is living skin there to protect you from bacteria. You will never see a service provider at Poppy & Monroe cutting cuticles, and we do not recommend salons that do so. You will also never be treated with tools that haven’t been sterilized. Sanitation is great, but sterilization ensures that every tool touching your fingers and toes is as clean as possible.

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Single use tools

The tools pictured here are tossed after each service so you know that you are always getting brand new tools on your skin.


We here at Poppy are committed to keeping our clients safe while providing them with luxurious and effective services. We love being able to educate you on what we’re most passionate about, in turn enabling you to make the best choices for your self-care and wellness.