If you're anything like me and your nails are something that you don't trust everyone with just like i don't trust anyone to do my eyebrows or cut my hair or dye my hair...lol. If you've ever had a problem with a nail technician messing up your natural nails then maybe you should start doing them yourself at home. It's very easy and simple.
To be honest with you the main thing you need to get in order to keep your nails in good shape and healthy is a hardening polish, a cuticle conditioner and nail vitamins because YES! nails need vitamins and proteins too! That is how they stay nice and healthy and won't break easily. But let's be real though! You actually need these stuff even if you do go to the Nail salon. In order to keep your nails healthy and looking good you need to apply these vitamins and things once daily, either in the morning or at night which i always recommend doing it at night just before bedtime. But obviously this is optional. You don't have to follow these steps but this is the way i like to do it and what works for me and my nails.
1. First, you want to gather all the essentials: you want to gather the following tools and products and have everything set up before you start.
Nail-polish remover and cotton swabs or pads, Nail clippers, Nail file, Cuticle pusher , Nail polish, Clear topcoat, Your choice of nail vitamins & conditioners
2. An acetone-based nail-polish remover is a bit more harsh than non-acetone removers, but the acetone removers get the job done faster, no matter what kind of polish remover you use, it's going to have a drying effect on the nail area and cuticles.
4. Push your cuticles back and cut any extra cuticles around the area: Very gently push the cuticle back away from the nail with a cuticle pushing tool, but don't push it too far because it can damage nail growth. Be careful NOT to pull, lift, tear, rip, force, or cut into the cuticle in any way. When cutting away the skin around the nail, applying a bit of cuticle remover can make all the difference in the world. Also you only want to cut excess skin DO NOT cut more then what you should. It's better to under-do this step than to overdo it because the cuticle helps protect the nail bed from bacteria and damage. This is also the time to remove hangnails around the sides of the nail as well, but again, be careful not to cut into the nail itself or to cut into the skin too deeply. If you're not sure of what to cut or how much then maybe you should do some research before doing this step.
5. Soak away(optional): Place your hands in a bowl of warm (not too hot) water and add a bit of your gentle face cleanser to the water or soap. Soak for about 2-5 minutes.
6. Massage a rich cream or silky oil conditioner into the cuticles and all over the nails. In the video im using the Solar Oil conditioner GET IT HERE!
7. Apply any other vitamins, proteins, oils or hardening products: You may say WHAT?? NAILS NEED PROTEIN??? and the answer is YES! they do! Like your hair, your nails need a fresh supply of vitamins to stay healthy. They can also be the first place to spot deficiencies in other areas of the body. Your nails are largely made from a protein called keratin so you need to include plenty of protein in your diet to avoid weak nails. I'm not currently using any proteins on my nails just because at the moment i haven't found a good product but as soon as i will i will add it to my routine. In the video I'm using a nail hardener to replace what the protein does to your nails. I'm using the one by Sally Hansen Hard As Wraps GET IT HERE!
8. Moisturizing ingredients of any kind left on the nail will prevent polish from adhering properly. Using a cotton swab or pad, apply nail-polish remover over the nail's surface to remove any residue.
9. Start applying your nail polish Apply your color polish in layers, allowing each layer to dry between coats. I like to clean up my mess right away so that i don't have to go back with acetone to fix it(it saves you time and headaches) Two coats of color polish, followed by a top coat to add shine and luster should do the trick. Touch up your manicure every couple days with a single layer of top coat. This can make all the difference in keeping up the appearance and durability.
10. Apply lotion or moisturizer to hands(optional): I actually like to wash my hands before applying lotion to my hands and after my nails are dry. I don't like the smell that the acetone leave behind.