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A nail routine may sound like a tedious process to some but it doesn’t have to be. A nail routine is a must if you want your nails to look nice. A salon manicure is a nice treat but it isn’t necessarily essential in my book. A simple at-home routine can be just as beneficial. I use just a few tools for the upkeep of my nails and they look just as nice as a salon manicure.
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Salon manicures can be costly and timely depending on where you go. Don’t get me wrong mani/pedi’s are fabulous but they aren’t necessary in order to maintain nicely manicured nails. I for one don’t have the time or money to schedule a weekly manicure. So how do I manage to keep my nails looking nice if I’m not getting a manicure from a salon? Easy, I use 4 tools and of course a decent polish to achieve the same results in my weekly nail routine.
Four Tools to Use to Achieve the Salon Look at Home
There are four tools you’ll need for your weekly nail routine. After prepping the nails by removing any nail polish and slathering your hands with a small amount of lotion you’re ready to go to work on your nails. First you’ll need a good pair of nail clippers, second, you’ll need a cuticle pusher and remover as well as cuticle clippers and a nail file.
It’s important to have a good set of nail clippers for both your fingernails and your toenails. And in case you didn’t know each pair of clippers are different. The toenail clippers are larger than the nail clippers as to gain a better trim since fingernails and toenails differ in size. The nail clippers should easily clip the nails. If your nails bend while cutting your nails it’s time to buy new clippers.
Cuticle Pusher & Remover
I personally love the Beauty Secrets Easy Grip from Sally’s. The grip on it makes it easy to hold and maneuver around my nails. I’ve had mine for a few years now and it still removes my cuticles easily. I really like this particular one because it’s a combo of both the pusher and the remover which is perfect for storage purposes. It makes it easy to remove the cuticles without slicing them up. You need to use caution not to slice away, only remove the access around the nail bed.
You may be wondering what the difference between the cuticle remover and the clippers. I use the clippers to remove the nasty hangnails. Believe it or not, your mouth isn’t made to remove hangnails that’s what this nifty contraption is for. Even though I find myself nibbling off a hangnail from time to time it’s not sanitary and it could cause an infection. But with a good pair of clippers you can avoid those painful, annoying and snagging hangnails within in seconds.
I tend to use the clippers throughout the week whenever a hangnail pops up. It’s easier to maintain nice looking nails by clipping one as it pops up instead of waiting until manicure day.
It’s no secret that I love the diamondeb nail file. It’s a dependable nail file that doesn’t dull easily and lasts a long time. Even with weekly use, it lasts several years.
Putting the Tools to Use
You’ve gathered all your tools and now you’re ready to sit down and pamper yourself. The great part of this routine is that it doesn’t take very long. So if your time is tight, this routine will be easy to do under 10 minutes tops!
After removing polish from the nails I like to cut and file them. Once they are the length and shape I want I place just a bit of lotion on my nail beds prior to pushing my cuticles. It makes it easier and less painful if you have really dry cuticles. I gently push my cuticles back and whatever is lifted or “hanging” I use the remover to glide along the nail bed. It leaves your nail beds looking clean and well managed. If there are any hangnails this would be the time to snip them since they will be softened from the lotion. The last step is to clean the nails. I suggest using nail polish remover to clean the nails of the lotion or wash your hands with soap and water to remove any lotion residue prior to painting them.
I will note that I only use the cuticle pusher and remover once a month. I find if I use it more than that the cuticles haven’t become ragged enough to warrant remover. It’s important not to overdo it or you’ll have bloody and painful cuticles.
Paint & Wait
Now that your nails are all prepped they are ready for some color. The fun part is picking the right color. I rely on Sinful Colors as a brand I love and trust. The polish tends to last a full week before chipping which is perfect. I have also found Revlon and OPI to be reliable brands for a long-lasting paint job.
Once your nails are dry you are set for the week. You’ll have pretty nails without the cost and time of a salon visit.
What are some tips and tricks in your nail routine?