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Salon Quality Nails At Home

Ever since the start of the pandemic, many of us had to transition from going to the salon to doing our own nails at home. It was a bit tricky getting adjusted to this, but over time it became the norm. All over social media we see people rocking cute designs on their own nails rather than wearing acrylics, and we are here to help you do the same! 

Over this past year, we believe we have nailed the perfect salon-quality manicure (pun intended!) If you too would like to get your nails strong, healthy, and picture perfect then get ready to follow the steps below. 

We have provided a step-by-step process for a DIY manicure at home as well as maintenance tips to keep your nails looking fresh and Instagram ready. 

Step 1: Remove Residue & Soak the Nails 

You are going to begin by using nail polish remover to take off any excess nail polish or residue left on the nails. Then you can place your nails in a bowl of warm water and let them soak for about 5 minutes. This will soften the cuticles and prep the nails for next steps. 

Step 2: Clean the Cuticles

Once the nails have been soaked, then you can begin cleaning the cuticles. It helps to add a cuticle removing cream onto the cuticles to further soften them for removal. Our favorite is the Blue Cross Cuticle Remover. 

It is important to be very gentle when removing your cuticles in order to prevent injury to your nail beds. You should only be removing the excess dead skin around the cuticles, so make sure you can’t feel the part that’s being removed. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this part, you can always skip this step. 

Step 3: Cut & File the Nails 

Now that your nail beds are freshly cleaned and ready to go, you can start shaping the nails. Use nail clippers to cut your nails down to your desired length. If you don’t have a lot to cut off or you just want to reshape them, you can use a gentle nail file instead to file them to the desired shape. The most gentle file you can use is a glass nail file. 

Make sure to file in one direction, rather than filing in back-and-forth motions, to prevent breaking the nails. You can also gently buff the top of the nails if you have bumps and ridges on them that need to be smoothed out, but if you don’t then you can just skip that part. 

Step 4: Apply Nail Strengthener

Next is to apply your nail strengthener of choice. This will really help with keeping the nails strong and prevent peeling or breaking. Every strengthener has different instructions and will tell you how often to apply it. However, the general rule of thumb is to apply a new coat each day and then by the 7th day, remove it all and start over. Some of our favorites include Ella + Mila First Aid Kiss, Nailtiques Formula 2, and OPI Nail Envy. 

Step 5: Apply Nail Polish & Create Fun Designs

If your goal is to just get your nails healthy and long, you can skip this step and just keep the nails natural. However, if you want them to stand out or match the fit, then this is the step to do that. To maintain those healthy nails we are working towards, we recommend using non toxic nail polish, preferably ones that say 7+ free and that don’t contain formaldehyde. Some stand out brands include Lights Lacquer, Ella + Mila, Essie, and Sally Hansen. And of course, finish off your super cute mani with a long wearing top coat (also non toxic)! 

Final & Most Important Step: Apply Cuticle Oil 

Many people think that nail strengthener is the vital step, but it’s actually cuticle oil! This product contains so many amazing ingredients and is what keeps the nails hydrated, allows them to grow, and prevents them from peeling and breaking. It is so important to make sure you are applying cuticle oil every single day, better yet, apply it multiple times a day. 

You can keep a bottle in the bathroom, by your bedside table, and in your purse. There are so many great cuticle oils out there, but our favorites include NBM Cuticle Buddy, Cuccio Milk and Honey Cuticle Conditioner, Sally Hansen Cuticle Rehab Oil Balm (perfect for on the go), and Onyx Professional Hard as Hoofs Nail Strengthening Cream.

This process as a whole can be done once a week or once every two weeks depending on the condition of your nails; however, cuticle oil application should be daily. Following these steps will give you influencer nails in no time!

Author: Taylor. S

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