Nail Salons Calgary
Colours Mobile Spa
FANTASTIC tips for keeping nails manicured when at home.
Step 1: Gather your tools. Be sure to have the following ready to go:
- Nail-polish remover and cotton swabs or pads.
- Nail clippers, if your nails need a trim before you polish.
- Emery board and nail buffer.
- Cuticle pusher and nippers.
- Callous/cuticle remover.
- Hand/nail moisturizer.
- Base coat.
- Nail polish.
- Clear topcoat.
Step 3: Shape nails. Clip the nails, if necessary, then gently file them into shape. A slightly rounded nail shape or square-rounded edge is generally the best way to go. Avoid metal or extremely coarse nail files to prevent splintering. Instead, choose a gently abrasive emery board or crystal nail file. Smooth the tops and sides of the nails with a slightly abrasive buffer to ensure an even surface, but don't forget, if you buff the nails too smooth, the polish won't adhere as well and can literally slip right off. We like the nail buffers from Revlon, Tweezerman, and Ulta’s store brand.
Step 4: Soak away. Ahh … the relaxing part. Place your hands in a bowl of warm (not too hot) water and add a bit of your gentle face cleanser to the water. Soaking the cuticle before trimming is crucial, but over-soaking actually damages skin and nails, so limit this step to three minutes or less.
Step 5: Apply callous/cuticle remover. When cutting away the thickened skin around the nail, applying a bit of cuticle remover will be a big help! One of our all-time favorites is Be Natural Cuticle Eliminator. Despite the name, it's powerful stuff, so don't let it sit on the cuticle area for more than a few seconds.
Step 6: Remove excess cuticle and callouses around the nail. Using a cuticle pushing tool, gently push the cuticle back away from the nail, but don't push it too far because it can damage nail growth or fray the cuticles. Be careful NOT to pull, lift, tear, rip, force, or cut into the cuticle in any way. Do NOT clip into the cuticle; merely nip off the free edge with a pair of metal cuticle nippers. It's better to under-do this step than to overdo it because the cuticle helps protect the nail bed from bacteria and damage. Now’s the time to also remove hangnails around the sides of the nail, but again, be careful not to cut into the nail itself or to cut into the skin too deeply.
Step 7: Moisturize. Massage a rich cream or silky oil into the cuticles and all over the hands to hydrate and replenish skin.
Step 8: Prep for polish.Moisturizing ingredients left on the nail will prevent polish from adhering properly. Using a cotton swab or pad, apply nail-polish remover over the nail's surface to remove any residue. Although it helps to avoid getting remover on the cuticle because you want to keep that area moisturized, don't worry if you do because you're going to apply moisturizer on your nails again once the polish is dry.
Step 9: Paint nails in layers. If you have weak or brittle nails, use a base coat of ridge-filling nail polish to shore up the nail. A base coat also protects nails from staining (especially important if you prefer red nail polish) and prevents chipping. Next, apply your color polish in layers, allowing each layer to dry between coats. Two coats of color polish, followed by a top coat to add gloss should do the trick. If you're new at painting nails, use a lighter shade of polish; any mistakes will be less noticeable!
Tip: Take a few minutes to touch up your manicure every other day with a single layer of top coat. This can make all the difference in keeping up that “from the salon” appearance and durability.
Check for and clean up any mistakes—and you're almost done! It takes time for nails to fully dry, so be patient. A fan helps, but don’t use heat (like from your blow dryer) or the polish will chip and peel. Also, don’t put your nails too close to the fan or you’ll end up with bubbles in your polish.
Step 10: Reapply moisturizer! Keeping your hands and the nail area healthy requires moisturizer. You can't have great nails and hands without this essential item.
At Colours Mobile Spa we recommend these steps to keep your nails healthy but still recommend you see your manicurist at least once every month! Happy manicuring!
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