Working in a salon doing nails for almost 8 years taught me that no matter how great I make your nails look at your appointment, if you don’t do things to take care of them at home, there is no point. Taking care of your nails can be very simple if you just do these 5 things!
- Push back your cuticle! Your cuticle is the skin at the back of your nail. It can easily get built up and then you can get hangnail, Ouch!! You can get a cuticle pusher on Amazon or your local Sally’s. There are a bunch of different types you can choose from. Click here to see the one I use!
- Clip your cuticle! Once you’ve pushed back your cuticles you will get a ridge of dead skin, gross. Cutting your dead cuticle will help keep them looking nice and healthy. Click here to see the one that I use.Some cuticle trimmers can be sharp so be careful not to cut yourself. Start with the big stuff, and when you are more comfortable you can get a lot closer.
- Hydrate! Using cuticle oil make a huge difference. There are all different types that you can find almost anywhere. If you don’t want to buy cuticle oil you can put Vaseline on your hands right before you go to sleep and rub it into the cuticle area.
- Don’t pick! I can’t tell you how many times I have had client come in for an appointment and they have picked off all of their gel polish. Not only does it make your nails hurt, but when you pull off your polish it takes layers of your nail bed with it. If you have something chipped or if your nail is lifting and you can’t leave it alone, try using a nail clipper to clip off the spot that’s bugging you. You can also use a nail buffer to soften the edge until you can get in to have your nail tech fix it.
- Remember your nails are jewels not tools! When you use your nails to open things or scratch a sticker off a counter, you wear them down. The nicer you are to your nails the longer they will last. Try wearing gloves when you garden or clean. If you don’t take care of your nails they won’t last.