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Every week on SQ, we like to run an article about how to pamper yourself. It’s always important for you to take care of your body, mind, and soul, and what better way to do that than by doing DIY projects? It’s cool to get someone else to do your nails, but there’s something definitely satisfying about doing it yourself. Not only do you save time and money, but you also have the satisfaction of being able to do things for yourself! And everybody loves a beauty guru.
Last week, we talked about DIY pedicures, so I thought we might as well keep this week’s article in the same category and talk about doing your nails as well. There are a few key differences in the procedures, but both are equally important. Weekly quick nail care keeps your hands and nails in good shape, and splurges now and then really keep them healthy. Here’s how to do both!
We’ll start off with the basics of a manicure, and then talk about more extravagant stuff a little later.
1. Cleaning – You need to wash your hands first with warm, soapy water. Go ahead and get out all the dirt or whatever else is lurking under your fingernails too.
2. File – Filing your nails helps them grow in your favorite shape, and is better for your nails than clipping them, which can split and damage nails. Move the file in one direction on each side of your nail to prevent “fraying” them.
3. Cuticles – Pushing your cuticles back helps your nails grow in strong and healthy. If you’ve got ridges or white marks in your nails, that’s from growth irregularities. Filing and pushing back cuticles helps prevent these lines and keeps your nails healthy. Grab some cuticle gel from your local drugstore, and an “orange stick,” which usually accompanies nail products. Apply the gel, let it sit for about a minute, and use the cuticle stick to gently push the cuticles back.
That’s what you need to do about once every one to two weeks. It’s general nail care to keep your nails growing strong and healthy. Beyond this point, the manicure gets more about the looks than health.
4. Buffing – You can take one of those nifty foam blocks and buff your nails to prep them for painting.
5. Clear coat – Whether you’re painting your nails or not, you need to put down a base coat to prevent staining (if you’re painting) and for general shine (if you’re not).
6. Paint – Pick out your absolute favorite color and paint those babies!
7. Nail art – You can also apply stickers, designs, stencils, beads, effects, etc to your nails. Nail art is crazy awesome and intense.
8. Clear coat – If you painted your nails, you need to apply a top coat to make the paint job last longer.
Nail care is really important if you want strong, healthy nails. If you need even more help, try taking a prenatal vitamin, using strength-building polishes, and caring for your nails weekly. Good luck!