In the vast and vibrant world of beauty, maintaining the natural health of your nails is paramount. At Mooeys we champion the cause of preserving your nail’s integrity, ensuring every treatment is a step towards healthier nails. Amidst our endeavours, a peculiar phenomenon occasionally surfaces, known in the industry as “Greenies.” This blog post aims to demystify greenies, dispelling myths and providing clarity on their occurrence, prevention, and care.
What Are Greenies?
Have you ever noticed a green stain on your nail after removing gel products, infills, or overlays? These are greenies, a not-so-pleasant surprise that can cause unnecessary alarm. Contrary to swirling misinformation, greenies are neither a fault of the nail technician nor the client. They’re simply a result of a specific bacteria called Pseudomonas Aeruginosa. These bacteria, commonly found in water, soil, and even hot tubs, are a ubiquitous part of our environment.
The Science Behind Greenies
Greenies occur when Pseudomonas aeruginosa find a cosy spot between the nail plate and the nail extension. If air bubbles are present, it creates an ideal breeding ground for the bacteria. When the bacteria multiply, they produce a distinctive green pigment. However, it’s crucial to note that greenies are not mould, dangerous, or contagious. They’re purely a cosmetic concern, albeit an unsightly one.
Common Misconceptions and Realities
The beauty industry is rife with misconceptions about greenies, often leading to unwarranted blame games between dermatologists, nail technicians, and clients. However, understanding that greenies are a natural occurrence, albeit preventable, can help reduce panic and promote informed care practices.
Prevention: Mooeys Approach
At Mooeys, we prioritise prevention with meticulous hygiene practices. Cleansing nails with acetone is one of our strategies, as acetone effectively kills surface bacteria. Additionally, we advocate for thorough hand washing with antibacterial soap and use antibacterial sprays on tools and files between clients. Despite these measures, certain situations, like water trapped under nail infills or exposure to soil during gardening, can still foster the growth of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa.
Addressing Greenies: Our Protocol
Understanding the nature of greenies has led us to implement a protocol limiting infills to a maximum of three sessions. This policy allows us to monitor nail health closely, checking for any signs of greenies or other concerns. Should a greenie be detected, our approach varies from buffing it out to advising on its natural growth out, depending on the severity.
We recommend a pause on product application until the nail recovers. Moreover, maintaining nail and cuticle hydration is vital, with cuticle oil being an excellent remedy for fostering healthy nail growth.
Home Remedies and Care
Some suggest vinegar baths as a potential home remedy for greenies, though it’s a method we’ve yet to explore at Mooeys. Nonetheless, the importance of keeping nails nourished and hydrated cannot be overstated, as it supports the natural repair and growth process.
Greenies, while unsettling at first glance, are not a dire health concern but rather a manageable and preventable condition. At Mooeys, your nail health is our top priority. We’re committed to providing the best care and advice to ensure your nails remain vibrant, healthy, and greenie-free. Remember, encountering a greenie is not a cause for panic. With proper care and the expert guidance of your nail technician, your nails will continue to thrive. So, if you’re curious about trying a vinegar bath or seeking more tips on nail care, we’re here to guide you every step of the way. Thank you for entrusting your nail care to us, and let’s continue to celebrate the beauty of well-maintained nails together.
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