The Dark Side Of Long Nails

Cadrene Heslop

Long nails are trending in recent times, thanks to celebrities and social media. The influence of famous personalities. And the neat look is prompting more consumers to wear fake nails. But biologist warns this new fashion trend has health hazards. (source)

Biologists suggest wearers consider what can grow under these nails. Jeffrey Kaplan is a biology professor at American University. Kaplan explains, "The longer the nail. The more surface area there is for microorganisms to adhere. Studies have found 32 different bacteria and 28 different fungi underneath fingernails."

Long nails of all types pose health risks, says Kaplan. There is an increased probability of microorganisms being difficult to remove with handwashing. (source)
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Kaplan said the worst effect of bacteria and fungi is a nail infection. This issue could discolor your fingernails. (source)

Kayla Newman is a nail tech based in North Carolina. Newman claims, "Generally people who have long nails know how to maneuver with them and keep them clean. If you're spending upwards of $60 to get your nails done and you don't keep them clean, that doesn't make sense." She instead says the most common complaint she gets is about broken nails. (source)

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