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The surprising reasons you have nail ridges (and how to actually get rid of them)

Hello, ridge-free nails!

11 Jun 2018

If you love to adorn your nails with weird and wonderful nail designs, geometric patterns or prefer sleek and elegant nail colours like the Queen, you'll know that smooth, buffed nails are a prerequisite to any manicure.

That's why ridged nails can wreak havoc with your manicure, so how on earth do you beat them?

We asked Lynn Gray, Mavala’s National Nail Expert, to explain exactly what causes ridged nails and how you can banish them ASAP.

What causes nail ridges?

According to Lynn, factors such as illness, pregnancy and certain medications can cause nail ridges. On a more basic level, excess filing, damage to the nail and dehydration of the nail plate can also cause ridges. Unfortunately, age can play a part, as well as if ridges run in the family.

"If you suffer with dry skin, your nail ridges are most likely due to dehydration. In this case, it is best to use a penetrating moisturiser treatment at the base of the nail to instantly revive the nail plate and help protect from further development of ridges – Mavala’s Mavaflex is perfect for this," she said.

How can we banish nail ridges?

Thankfully, a ridge filler can be used to level out the ridges, making them appear smoother and helping nail polish apply better. Phew!

"You can also very lightly buff the nails once a week but don’t be tempted to completely buff the ridges as this will thin the nail plate and make the nails weaker," she advises.

Meanwhile, writing for Treatwell, a manicurist who worked in a nail bar for five years, who says she's seen 'all types of nails', shared some valuable advice.

She wrote: "OPI do great treatments, as do Nailtiques. Be sure to use a product for 6 weeks and give them a rest and I promise you will see a big difference.

"Cuticle oil is also great; CND do a brilliant Solar Oil, which is fantastic. If budget doesn't allow, you can just use almond oil or soak them in olive oil for 20 minutes."

Now you've buffed out your nail ridges, here's our definitive guides to banishing white spots on your nails and growing your nail strength, as well as the best hand creams to keep dry skin at bay.