Hangnails are a Pain


Men, here are some grooming tips especially for you! Hangnails are small pieces of skin that remain attached at the base or side of your nails which can often be painful, especially when picked and removed improperly. Have you ever wondered what causes them? Answer: Dried out cuticles. They are also caused from the habit of picking at or biting your nails. I personally get hangnails when I reach into the pockets of my jeans when my hands are extremely dry. Here are some tips for preventing hangnails and dry cuticles.


  1. Keep your cuticles moisturized. Use cuticle oil or cream to keep the skin around the nails hydrated. Dry nails are the first things that lead to hangnails. Drink plenty of water!


  1. Instead of picking or biting at your cuticles, snip them off as soon as you see them with a good pair of nail scissors. This keeps them from growing longer and becoming more painful.


  1. Common remedy.A really good moisturizer for your cuticles is petroleum jelly. The fats in the product penetrate through the layers in your skin while the jelly itself creates a film preventing air from drying out the skin.


  1. Before bed. The best time to pamper cuticles is at nighttime. Massaging a little bit of lip-balm into your nail beds will keep them moisturized and protected throughout the night.


  1. Dropping vitamin E oil on nail beds after a fresh clip is one of the best ways to prevent hangnails from appearing.


  1. Push them back. Make sure you have your cuticles pushed back often with an orange stick or cuticle tool.


  1. Trim your nails regularly so they appear and stay neat at all sides and angles. Do this by treating yourself to regular manicures.


  1. No biting. Do not to chew or bite on your nails. Doing so aggravates the nail bed and causes hangnails to bleed and delay healing.


Keep up the good work!

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Dwayne Thompson, aka “The Barber Ambassador,” is the CEO of The Fade Club LLC, a marketing and promotions company designed to grow the barbering industry through education and brand management. He wears many hats as the founder of The Barber Academy Tour, creator of “The Barbettes,” a term designed to promote female barbers, and the former host of Against the Grain Radio show, the first barber related radio show on Blog Talk Radio. He is a dynamic writer, educator, product broker, consultant and social media expert. He has held several Executive positions with a former barbershop publication and a national health outreach program. Mr. Thompson is also the Founder and Publisher of Tonsorial Times Magazine, “The Official Barbershop Trade Publication” focused on highlighting products, franchises, schools and educators directly connected to the barbering industry. For more information, visit www.tonsorialtimes.com.