Good nail care can make a big difference in the way fingers looks and in the way a client feels. Understanding the structure and growth of natural nails allows you to expertly groom, strengthen, and beautify nails. I t is important to know the difference between the nail cuticle and the eponychium before performing nail services. Understanding the structure and growth cycles of the natural nail will prepare you for more advanced nail services.
The natural nail is located at the end of the finger or toe. It is an appendage of the skin and is part of the integumentary system, which is made up of the skin and its various organs. Nail plates protect the tips of the fingers and toes, and their appearance can reflect the general health of the body. A normal, healthy nail is firm but flexible. The surface is shiny, smooth, and unspotted with no wavy ridges, pits, or splits.