What Are Nail Ridges?

Nail Ridges, Behind the Mirror, Essie, Amanda Teague, White Hair, Karen Walker sunglasses

I’m Back! fix your bent antenna tune it in and then i’m gonna… I took last week off from the blog. I did this for a couple reasons. The first one being I couldn’t remember what it was like before I wrote the blog. As some of you may or may not know, I spend a lot of time working on the site. Almost every night for over a year and a half, while on vacation, while friends were out socializing, and while a million other things were going on, I worked on the blog. I work on the blog because it brings me great joy to write all these tips and adventures of beauty. But, I started to question whether or not I still enjoyed the ritual. For better or worse, I found myself really longing to work on the blog last week. In fact, it was a lot harder than I thought it would be to NOT work on the blog. So, with that being said, I wanted to tell you Thank You for continuing to read along, even though I did abandon you without notice. The result of my little project should ensure you that I probably won’t be doing that again for at least another year and a half. Don’t worry, stay tuned.

So last week… oh last week… I am sure you are just dying to know what I did. Well, you probably aren’t that interested, but here we are and just like baby photos on Facebook, they keep coming and we keep scrolling… The short answer to what I did last week is, not much. I did get a manicure with all the free time I had and I also reintroduced myself to an old manicure concern.

I am not a stickler when it comes to getting my nails done every week. I usually try to go once a week, end up making it every other week, and most times once a month. What usually happens is I finally can’t look down at my hands without the feeling of defeat overtaking my mood. It is this point that I am off to the salon.

Nail Ridges, Behind the Mirror, Essie, Amanda Teague, White Hair, Karen Walker sunglasses

When I first noticed ridges lengthwise on my fingernails I made it my business to find out what that was about. And because I am a fast learner, I now understand the vertical lines or “ridges” are common and come with age. Certainly, nothing to get hot and bothered about. In the huffington post, Dr. Phoebe Rich, M.D., FAAD, clinical adjunct professor of dermatology at Oregon Health Science University is quoted saying, “As we age the nail matrix becomes atrophied in areas resulting in longitudinal ridging of nails.” I am definitely in the process of embracing aging but decided I wanted to pursue a ridge filler this time. Essie fill the gap is a base coat specifically designed to fill the ridges allowing the top coats of color go on smooth.

Although, a better way to handle the problem is moisturizing the nail throughout the day with a thick lotion or petroleum jelly, paying close attention to the cuticle. Also, it seems to me that it isn’t a good idea to buff the ridges off. From what I read, the bottom of the ridge is the thinnest part of the nail and buffing it down could cause breakage or splitting and possibly other problems. For realz.

Nail Ridges, Behind the Mirror, Essie, Amanda Teague, White Hair, Karen Walker sunglasses

So I am curious, anyone else notice those ridges on their nails or are my fingernails just ahead of the curve?

***beauty always comes from within, photos taken by Katerina Stavreva, xoxo behind the mirror***
 

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Blog Update, Behind the Mirror,

Quite a few new things are going on here at Behind the Mirror. I am going to be integrating a native advertising solution. Therefore you will start to see sponsored posts & promotional posts. Listen, a girl has to eat… and I would like to eat by blogging.

The posts will be marked as sponsored and if you have any other questions you can email me at behindthemirrorblog{at}gmail{dot}com, the BtM contact page, and read the BtM policies & services page. I know a lot of you have your own blogs and the native advertising solution might be a nice fit for your site. Please feel free to message me about more info too!

I am also planning to start to use the blog to feature some of my amazing friends who are more talented than most. I love the sense of community the blog has and I know at first it will be weird to hear someone’s voice besides my own. But rest assured, I am still here, still writing, and still struggling with my beauty routine one day after the next. Trust me, given the right amount of time I know you will see what I see in them, learn to love them, and be as impressed with their art as I am.

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  • Saskiabzn

    I love your shirt !

    https://darkside-of-fashion.blogspot.fr

    Saskia! xo

  • Sounds like a good plan, I am sure that couldn’t hurt!

  • Montserrat Sobral

    One with nail ridges here! It’s curious…I thought it was lack of some vitamins because two years ago they were very pronunciated and my nails were week. It´s good to know that is quite common. Nowadays are much better, probably because I started using a top coat by Opi and it is giving strengh to them as well. Awesome!

  • Kiri Yanchenko

    I think ridges are genetic as well. My husband is super healthy and has always had them. This whole family does. Nothing to get worried about – I agree.
    X
    Kiri
    http://www.fashionblender.com.au
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  • thenletitbe

    Such a love/hate relationship that we all have with our blogs. As always you inspire me…instead of pulling back and doing less, you push forward and take on more. Can not wait to see all that you have planned for this amazing space of yours!

    • Thank you so much, I got all caught up on Then Let it Be last night!!! I can’t wait for Her New Tribe, I am soooo intrigued!

  • Sometimes a little break from blogging is just what you need! :)

    And my nails (especially my thumbs, for whatever reason) have little ridges. I buff ’em down before I give myself a manicure but I bet this product does the trick. :)

    -Ashley
    http://lestylorouge.com

  • I definitely feel ya regarding the whole ‘process of blogging’. I mean, my mood for blogging is on/off, but once I get the ball rolling, I can’t stop. I always forget the struggle to balance the blog, work, and social life (because I’m a student with no job and all), so kudos for you for sticking it out! :) (I really don’t have anything to say about nail ridges though)
    I’d love to start seeing features!

    Vanessa | Citron and Guavaberry

    • Thank you! It is really nice to have someone say good job because it is tough sticking it out, so I really appreciate that! (let me know about the nail ridges… they might creep up on you, haha) Let’s see if my talented friends can get themselves organized to put some posts up, LOL!

  • I just used lunch break to self-manicure my nails *hem* and yes…noticed that I could need a ridge filler actually. It always depends on the color. Not the existence of the ridges haha but their appearance.
    I can totally understand you (as you know) how you feel about the whole blog thing and taking a break was therefor a good idea. So you could find out that you really missed it and go on with new power for new projects!!
    xx, Sarah

    • exactly! It really did help me to miss it and then go on with new power. I love that you said that because it is so spot on!

  • Oh, I hear you! I have a couple, too. When I first noticed them I panicked bearing in mind that ridges can be a sign of nutrient deficiencies or symptoms of certains disorders… And then I also went on investigating the ridge issue, the direction, the depth… Same things you did, basically. :) x

    • yes, I did learn the direction of the lines is very important to understanding what is going on… but luckily for me vertical lines seem to only be aging – horizontal lines seem to need further attention from a medical professional.

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