Who doesn’t love getting their nails done? But sometimes, it’s just not possible with your busy schedule. Work, family or social commitments get in the way.
If your nails have seen better days, you can give yourself a time-saving, at-home manicure. So grab your favorite polish color and follow these instructions:
How to Give Yourself an At-Home Manicure
- Make sure your nails are free of old polish. Use a non-acetone polish remover to get rid of any polish that’s hanging around.
- Trim your nails with clippers, then buff and file. Be careful you don’t over-buff as you can damage the nail.
- Use cuticle remover on your cuticles, rather than trimming them.
- Clean your hands with warm-soapy water, then dry thoroughly. Your hands and nail beds should be completely dry to ensure the polish adheres to the nail.
- If you have significant ridges on your nails, you’ll want to apply a base coat to your nails. If you’re using a quality product (like Zoya or our own Taylor Made Polishes), you likely don’t need a base coat at all.
- Apply two to three coats of your color of choice and let dry thoroughly.
- If you’re using a high-quality polish, you don’t need to apply a top coat right away. Unless you’re wanting extra shine you can wait a few days, then apply a clear top coat to extend the life of your polish and manicure a few more days.
Manicure Tips to Remember
- Sometimes, your nails just need to breathe. We like to give our nails a week off from polishes every once in a while, especially if you’re using tips, extensions or acrylics.
- Whether you have polish on or not, use a cuticle oil every two to three nights (every night if you use acrylics or recently had your acrylics removed).
- Use an organic cuticle oil for the best care.
- No need to cut your cuticles; a time-saving and often healthier alternative is to use a cuticle remover cream instead. If you do have to cut your cuticles, don’t do it with every manicure as removing too much can expose your nails to bacteria and germs.
- Don’t over-buff your nails. Over-buffing breaks down the strength of your nail making a less than ideal canvas for polish to last.
- Gently file your nails for shape. Excessive filing isn’t necessary and over-filing isn’t healthy.
We know little girls love to play beauty shop and have their parents paint their nails for them. Young children are still growing and the chemicals in polishes and polish removers can be especially harsh for them. Be sure to only use non-acetone polish remover on children. And avoid the harsh chemicals found in most polishes by going with a 3-5-8 Free polish.
If you’re looking for the healthiest polishes possible, visit us to make your own custom color! We also offer an organic cuticle oil and body scrubs made with the same attention to chemical-free manufacturing.