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Article: Transforming Nails: A Case Study of Onycholysis

Before and after results of Onycholysis Bio Sculpture manicurists client after care using Labology 3 Super Antibacterial Cleansing Water

Transforming Nails: A Case Study of Onycholysis

In the ever-evolving world of beauty and self-care, our hands and nails play a significant role in making a lasting impression. However, facing nail health issues such as Onycholysis, a condition characterised by the separation of the nail plate from the nail bed, can pose a significant challenge for both professionals and clients. Severe cases must be referred to a doctor, especially if signs of bacterial infection, onychomycosis or inflammation are suspected. 

However, world renowned nail expert Marian Newman, of Nail Knowledge, discovered the remarkable results our Super Antibacterial Cleansing Water may provide after personally testing the product on her own nails affected post-COVID. After three weeks of use, she hypothesised the spray created an inhospitable environment for fungi and bacteria under the nail bed, encouraging healthy nail growth and reattachment. Feeling inspired by Marian's reports, Bio Sculpture Manicurist Sandra Silva decided to give it a go with a new client who she discovered suffered from the condition. We dive into her experience and how our revolutionary Super Antibacterial Cleansing Water is the best client aftercare recommendation.

What is Onycholysis and how can you help it? 

As a nail technician, it's important to remember that you are not a healthcare specialist and should not attempt to diagnose any conditions. However, when you come across Onycholysis, there are steps you can take both in the salon and at home to address the issue.

Onycholysis occurs when the nail plate separates from the nail bed, creating an opportunity for pathogens to infiltrate and worsen the problem. Your goal is to facilitate the reattachment of the separated nail plate to the nail bed without the occurrence of additional nail infections, whether fungal or bacterial. By implementing proper care and precautions, you can support the recovery of the nail unit. It's not surprising then, reputable nail technicians are finding that our antimicrobial hygiene water which has passed EN 1500 testing for use as a hand disinfectant expedites recovery. 

Sandra's Experience

Labology 3_Blog post_Before image of Onycholysis by Bio Sculpture Manicurist Sandra Silva


After removing gels applied by another technician, Sandra tells us she was devastated to discover her new client had Onycholysis. The worst effected nail was the client's thumb, which you can visually see the yellowing and lifting- common signs and symptoms, of the nail from the nail bed as photographed above. Following the correct guidance, Sandra advised the client to:

  • Seek medical attention for diagnosis
  • Avoid all nail coatings
  • Keep the nails short and tidy
  • Wash hands 4-5 times a day
  • Apply premium quality hypoallergenic nail and skin oil under the free edge 4-5 times a day to help maintain the elasticity of the bed epithelium (Sandra recommended Bio Sculpture's Vitamin Dose)

Sandra took a picture of the nails, dated it and kept it on file. Seeking to check in a week later she reported that she didn't notice a drastic change. Thankfully, learning of Marian Newman's experience which she saw from a comment Marian left on a post on our Instagram account, she decided to give our Super Antibacterial Cleansing spray a go.

In just 10 days the nail visibly grew and reattached to the nail bed as photographed below. 

Labology 3_Blog Post_Case study of Onycholysis after 10 days using Super Antibacterial Cleansing Water


Sandra tells us there's still a little bit of the nail that remains unattached, but is hopeful that by up-keeping the aftercare plan with our Super Antibacterial Cleansing Water, in a week or so this will fully grow out. 

Disclaimer: this post should not be taken as a substitute for medical advice and is shared purely for educational purposes. If you are concerned about Onycholysis please seek medical advice from a Registered Medical Professional. 


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