Today Mary Ann, Annie, and I are joining seven other bloggers for some self-care love. The reality of this pandemic is going to the nail salon isn’t will not happen anytime soon. Part of my self-care routine is to have fresh nails. So, to help me keep some semblance of dignity, I decided to research and buy some at-home manicure products. I have a fabulous manicurist @lynneshort and I will be marching back in to see her as soon as this is over. I used to do my own toes (pre-Lynne), but I never was able to have a decent manicure until I found Lynne. I work with my hands all the time and she has developed a system that works for me. I normally can make a lynne-mani last for two to three weeks unless I do something really drastic like strip furniture. That being said, I decided to do my research and find the best advice and products to attempt a manicure at home. Here are my seven tips for a successful in-home manicure.
This article from Glamour 17 Manicure Tips that will Keep your Nails from Chipping is really helpful.
Excessive hand-washing can weaken the nail structure and can cause our cuticles to dry out and crack. While we might be pretty diligent about hydrating our skin, one step that we tend to skip is cuticle oil. According to Deborah Lippmann. “Strong nails begin at the cuticle. Applying an oil daily will help them to grow and prevent cracking. Lippmann also advises her clients to use a softening cream and to gently push back the cuticles using a metal tool once a week.
Michele Green, MD, a cosmetic dermatologist, agrees that poorly kept cuticles can have a domino effect. “When your cuticles get dry or injured it can injure the nail bed and affect the way your nails grow out,” Dr. Green says. She recommends moisturizing the cuticles with cream or cuticle oil to help protect and strengthen your nails.
USE A CUTICLE OIL OR CREAM
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DON’T CUT YOUR CUTICLES
When this skin is removed, the nail is left unprotected from bacteria and fungus. Cuticles should never be cut or trimmed as it can lead to infection and ultimately damage the nail. Push back cuticles with a metal cuticle tool once a week.
USE A CRYSTAL FILE
Crystal files are very gentle on the natural nail and with regular use can help prevent splitting and peeling
If you are curious about what nail shape suits you check out this article from Harpers Bazaar on How to Pick the Best Nail Shape.
USE A NON-ACETONE POLISH REMOVER IF POSSIBLE
As far as removers go we should be using a non-acetone product. Nail polish removers are a dime a dozen, but finding one that works without stinking up your entire house or ruining your nails is the trick. Be advised that you cannot apply nail polish directly over a non-acetone remover it won’t stick “Non-acetone removers leave significant traces of oils on the nail, which you may have to remove with a little alcohol or a little bit of acetone.
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USE A BASECOAT OR STRENGTHENER
It helps the polish stick to your nail more easily and creates a barrier that helps protect your nails from the damaging effects of the nail polish. It prevents staining and peeling, and it will give your polished nails a more even texture.
APPLY A QUALITY POLISH
Nails Inc. founder Thea Green. says, “The key is to load just enough polish on the brush to cover your nail in one coat.” Her fail-proof technique? Stripe your nail three times: once down the middle, once on each side, and let it dry. Repeat until you get your desired opacity. I have noticed this is what my manicurist Lynne does as well.
USE A TOPCOAT
Nail professionals seal all manicures with a topcoat because it helps the color last longer. Top coats can also help block UV rays from damaging color, protecting it from water and other things your hands regularly touch.
Below are a few more links on general nail care and polishing that you might enjoy.
My friend Sandra Sallin has a great video on Instagram on doing your own nails that I think you will find fun and informative.
Thank you for being here and reading Seven Tips for a Successful in Home Manicure. My nails look better already!
Now pop over and visit my friends. They have some great self-care tips for all of you.