One of the first impressions we make on others is the state of our hands and nails. Everyone remembers the person with fabulous looking hands and nail manicure. Unfortunately, many people also remember the person with ugly jagged nails and rough cracked hands. Learning how to manicure nails at home is not a complicated process. All it takes is a little time set aside each day for maintenance after the initial nail manicure. Follow the steps here to give yourself a very professional looking manicure plus grow strong and healthy looking nails.
Remove Old Polish - The first step in the nail manicure process is to remove old nail polish. Use a gentle nail polish remover with lubricants to nourish and moisturize nails like Cutex Quick & Gentle. Here's how: dip a cotton ball in the nail polish remover. Hold the cotton ball on the nail a few seconds and wipe gently. Start at the bottom of the nail and work upwards.
File Nails - Use an emery board to file the nails in one direction only. Filing nails back and forth weakens nails. Keep shaping the nails into an oval or square shape.
Clean Nails - Dip fingers in warm sudsy water for a few seconds. Use a nail brush to clean under the nails. Dry fingers and nails and move onto the next step.
Cuticle Care - Apply a gentle cuticle cream like Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme, gently push back cuticles with a cuticle stick wrapped in cotton.
Discolored Nails - Many of us find that the ends of our nails get discolored through using harsh chemicals to clean, coloring hair, or even from old nail polish staining nails. Here's how to remove the discoloration. Wrap a cotton ball around a cuticle stick or orange stick. Now dip the stick in a bit of hydrogen peroxide. Take the stick dipped in hydrogen peroxide and go under the nail to remove discoloration.
Nail Polish - Next, apply a clear base coat to nails. Popular favorites that strengthens nails and moisturizers are L'Oreal Pro Manicure which dries quickly and last a long time or Sally Hansen's Diamond Shine Base & Top Coat. This product strengthens weak nails, and gives them long-lasting shine. After the base coat apply one or two coats of your favorite color nail polish if you like or leave nails with a base coat.
End your professional home manicure by applying a good nourishing moisturizer to hands. Apply another layer of protective clear polish every other day. Go through the complete professional manicure steps weekly to maintain nails and keep them looking good, healthy, and strong.
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