Doing your nails at home can be very useful: besides time, it helps to save some money. However, in addition to requiring a certain practice, the habit should be accompanied by some care to not ruin the work or harm health – such as the use of hypoallergenic nail polishes. After you gained some practice, it is also a great way to relax!
Here are 10 useful tips:
Using a base coat: Many people find that they do not need to use a base coat or even that they can use the same product as topcoat or base. That is a mistake! The base functions as a primer for your nails and seals the natural oils, which prevent the nail polish from adhering. Using a topcoat does not work because, in addition to being thicker and taking more time to dry, the product does not prevent contact with the oils.
Do not remove your cuticles: When you remove your cuticles you are, basically, cutting yourself on purpose and paving the way for microorganisms. In addition, the cuticles serve to protect the nail matrix. One option is to push the cuticles with a stick and use a cream specifically for that purpose.
Clean your manicure kit: Even if you are the only one who uses it, the build up of skin and nails on the instruments are an invitation for bacteria to settle. If it is kept in a closed environment, worse still! Always wash with antibacterial soap and alcohol to prevent infection.
Apply thin layers of nail polish: The enamel was not made to be applied in thick layers and takes a long time to dry in this situation. It is best to apply three or four thin layers instead of two thick ones, avoiding the formation of bubbles and marks on the nail. The topcoat can be applied in a more generous layer because it was made to dry fast.
Don’t shake the bottle: Never shake the bottle because it creates bubbles in the enamel, damaging the enameling and texture of the paint. If you need to mix the polish, roll the bottle between your hands as if you were playing with playdough.
Be aware of the weather: Try not to do your manicure on hot, rainy days as this makes it difficult to dry the enamel and makes room for bubbles and marks to appear. Instead, prefer fresh, dry days that speed up the process.
Filing your nail in back-and-forth movements: The back and forth movement creates barbs and small nail cracks that can evolve and snap the nail. Instead, file in one direction only. It can be more time consuming and tiring, but the final result is more uniform and polished.
Be careful when using quick drying products: Quick-drying enamels and sprays work so well that they can dehydrate the nails. In general, these products have acetone in their formula, an ingredient that weakens the nails if you use too much of it. One suggestion is using cuticle oil or drying oil instead, which acts as a protective barrier while the enamel is still fresh and helps maintain hydration.
As well as when cleaning the excesses with cotton: The problem with using cotton, whether with an orange stick or a cotton bud, is that the fibers often get caught in the wet polish. To avoid this risk, opt for a straight bristle brush soaked in remover and brush around the nail. Or be patient and peel the excesses during a hot bath.
Be careful in the shower: The hot water is the enemy of the varnish because it causes the paint to come loose from the nails and chip. For the manicure to last longer, it is best to lower the temperature and wait at least six hours after enameling to bathe or wash the dishes (always with gloves, of course).
Drying the nail polish with ultraviolet light: Previously restricted to professional salons, UV light drying appliances are already found in domestic versions. But if we spend all the time protecting us from the sun’s rays to avoid aging skin, why expose us to that light on purpose? Instead, use a drying oil or spray or a mild blower.