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Your natural nail is made of Keratin which is a protein that forms the cells that make up the tissue in your nail. Above all keratin is what protects your nails from damage by making them strong and resilient.
Your nails are made up of many parts. The nail plate is the visible part of the nail you would put polish on. The nail bed is the skin underneath the nail plate, that you only see if you have a really nasty break in an acrylic lol. The cuticle is the tissue that you see around the edge of the plate. The nail fold is the skin around the three edges of your finger. The lunula is the white half moon at the base of your nail. Finally, the matrix is the hidden part of the nail under your cuticle.
Who knew nails were so complex?! Best you leave it to the technicians and book in with them for your next appointment!