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Definition of Solehorn

  1. Refers to the rigid epidermis that stays attached to the bottom of the nail plate until it grows beyond the free edge. This tissue is called the solehorn cuticle, and will eventually slough off by itself or is removed during a manicure. Solehorn is dead tissue, and should not be confused with the hyponychium, which is live tissue. Note: If a client can feel you cutting or pushing on any skin or tissue, then it is LIVE tissue and you must stop. However, it should be noted that this method is not foolproof, as some clients (particularly those with circulatory problems) may not feel your tissue manipulation, or may simply have a high pain tolerance, or be too embarrassed to admit any pain. Whenever in doubt, then don’t!

Added to the Nail Glossary on November 10, 2016

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