How to Maintain Healthy Nails and Cuticles at Home
As all of us do our half to assist flatten the curve, nail salon appointments are on maintain indefinitely. Consequently, you may need some questions on sustaining wholesome nails and cuticles proper about now—like methods to carry out an at-home manicure with out the mess, or methods to take away a gel or dip manicure with out damaging your nails. If that’s the case, we’ve acquired you lined.
Listed below are some primary suggestions that can assist you keep wholesome nails and cuticles proper now (and a few tricks to maintain them wanting fairly, when you’re at it).
How do I keep my nails and cuticles healthy?
First up, no slicing your cuticles or pushing them again. Maintain them moisturized, however in any other case depart them alone.
Right here’s why: Your nails develop from an space beneath the cuticle known as the nail matrix, or nail root, Nada Elbuluk, M.D., a scientific affiliate professor of dermatology on the College of Southern California, tells SELF. The cuticles are simply pores and skin that protects the matrix and the brand new nail because it grows. Reducing or pushing cuticles again is customary apply throughout salon manicures, however Dr. Elbuluk says this can be a DIY magnificence don’t and to place down the cuticle cutters and picket pushers. The cuticle is important to “defending the nail matrix from micro organism and different germs getting into the physique [that can] trigger infections,” she says.
Past that, make it possible for your at-home nail instruments are clear. Disinfecting beforehand used clippers and information is a should. “Instruments needs to be disinfected on a month-to-month foundation,” Dr. Elbuluk says. “This may be accomplished by soaking a brush in isopropyl alcohol (70% or greater) and utilizing this to scrub the clippers adopted by a scorching water rinse.” She additionally says that it is best to use a separate nail clipper on your fingers and your toes.
How do I take away a gel manicure or faux nails at dwelling?
Earlier than you begin the removing course of, you’ll want a number of issues: cotton balls, 100% acetone, and a 2-by-2-inch sq. of aluminum foil for every nail. You’ve possible seen the one you love nail artist full this course of, but when not, right here’s the place to start out.
First, use a nail buffer to take away the shine from the highest coat of the gel. Subsequent, Dr. Elbuluk recommends soaking a cotton ball in acetone and making use of this solely to your fingertips. You should definitely safe every cotton ball with a small piece of foil and depart it on for 10 to 15 minutes. While you take away the foil, gently scrape the gel off with a nail file. Acrylic nails may be soaked off utilizing the identical course of, however be ready to soak the nails for as much as 45 minutes. If there may be any lingering product that gained’t budge, repeat this course of.
Publish-removal, Dr. Elbuluk advises giving your fingernails a break from nail polish for at the very least one week whereas moisturizing usually with thick emollients or lotions with petroleum jelly, like Aquaphor. After per week, chances are you’ll wish to attempt an at-home manicure, however solely trim and form the nails after a heat bathe, Dr. Elbuluk says, since that’s when nails are softest.
How ought to I give myself an at-home manicure (that truly seems to be good!)?
Step one to a professional-looking manicure is to file and form your nails, in keeping with Morgan Dixon, the manicurist accountable for the nail artistry on TNT’s present Claws. She suggests both holding up a excessive 5 within the air along with your nails going through you, or holding your hand in a “holding one thing” place, whichever is extra snug. From there, use gentle strokes with the file on the edges of the nails to get your ultimate form, after which observe up with cuticle oil. If you happen to don’t have any available, Dixon says olive oil or coconut oil will do
Subsequent comes the laborious half—portray the nails. “A whole lot of us suppose we now have to color instantly on the cuticle to get the proper look, however that simply ends in a messy manicure,” Dixon says. “If you happen to take your time and put the smallest area between the cuticle and polish line, you should have little to no polish to scrub up on the finish.” One other tip: Apply “gentle layers of polish,” she says. “It’s a lot simpler to color an additional layer or two, as an alternative of attempting to right a thick chunky polish job.” If you happen to do want to scrub up, Dixon says to scrub as you go along with a bit of acetone and an eye fixed shadow brush.
To assist your manicure final, Dixon says to use high coat each two days “to maintain your polish in place with fewer chips throughout put on.”
How do I take advantage of press-on nails?
If portray your nails isn’t in your wheelhouse, attempt press-ons. “I’m so glad press-ons are making their comeback,” Dixon says. “I make and work with them on the set of Claws, and they’re the right resolution to realize essentially the most ultimate look with out the harm.” Earlier than utility, Dixon suggests a “fast mini mani,” which incorporates washing your palms, submitting your nails, and buffing your nails (calmly) with a nail buffer.
When it’s time to use the nails, take it simple with the nail glue. “All you want is one or two dots as a result of it can unfold across the nail as soon as pressed down,” Dixon says. From there, “maintain the [press-on] nails down for about 10 to 15 seconds [and] blow on the nail whereas holding it down…to hurry up the drying time and provides a assured seal.”
Since some press-on nails choices may be reusable, Dixon advises soaking them in heat water earlier than “popping them off.” Afterward, “give your nails a buff to take away any extra glue and apply oil to nourish the nail.”
How can I make a press-on manicure last more?
Dixon says a press-on manicure that makes use of glue can final one to 2 weeks, however she recommends retaining your fingers as dry as attainable whereas carrying them, which ought to assist give them longevity. “Oil and further moisture loosens them up,” she says. Retaining your fingers dry isn’t precisely advisable throughout a pandemic when all well being authorities advise washing your palms a ton (and for 20 seconds a pop every time). So with that in thoughts, it’s additionally a good suggestion to handle your expectations right here. Press-ons are already extra fragile than acrylics, and beneath the most effective (and driest) of circumstances, a nail or two may pop off. The excellent news, after all, is that they’re press-ons—“so it is best to maintain your glue shut,” Dixon recommends.