Summer is almost here and groomed natural nails brighten both hands appearance. Your nails and the condition they are in are a reflection of your good health. You can make a great first impression when you extend beautiful manicured nails. Well groomed hands display confidence, neatness, and appeal. These tips apply to men as well as women. It is important to understand how to get your nails looking nice, in four simple steps.
TOOLS (You will need): hand cream, (1) hand towel, plastic bag, (1) orange wood stick, (1) medium textured nail file, nail clippers, cotton balls 5-10, nail polish remover (acetone), clear nail hardener polish, clear top coat polish, clear dry coat polish (sometimes they are built in dryer and top coat) everything can be purchased at the dollar store for a great bargain.
- · First
Check out the overall condition of your hands. Look for dry skin and damaged nails and cuticles. Cracks in the nail bed, brittle or breaking nails, discoloration and oddly shaped nails can be an indication you are deficient in a vitamin or mineral or something more serious could be going on inside your body. If you are concerned it probably is a good idea to seek out the advice of a licensed professional healthcare provider. Remove old nail polish using nail polish remover. Clip nails if they are too long to a manageable length (length of a penny when placed against your thumb) that is comfortable for you. Slightly file into a rounded shape from side to middle, side to middle on each side (do not “saw” back and forth).
- · Second
Apply a thick hand cream all over your hands, nails, and really rub it into the cuticles. For added comfort and moisturizing; wrap a damp warm hand towel (soak hand towel in hot to warm water) around both hands and put them inside a plastic bag (the kind fruit or veggies come in-(rinse out first). Then, let the cream penetrate into your skin, nails, and cuticles for 15 minutes or until the towel cools down. Do a quick hand, nail, and wrist area massage to rub all the cream in. Your cuticles should be very soft by now and you can gently use your push back cuticles with the orange wood stick to pull skin that has grown onto your nail away and expose your whole nail. Do this for every nail.
- · Third
Wash your hands using mild hand soap, dry hands and nails. They should look and feel so much better. Check out your nails by holding them out in front of you. This way you can inspect each nails appearance, size, and shape of the nail. This is the time you want to make sure that all of your nails appear similar, and that there are no jags, ridges, or pieces of filed nail hanging off. You should remove these if there are. You are now going to apply your polishes.
- · Fourth
You are going to start with your nail hardener. This product is designed to strengthen your nails and is an important first step. Apply from cuticle; don’t overlap to the end of your nail. Let it dry (around 3-5 minutes). Next apply your Top coat. This will protect the nail and keep it from breaking. This top coat may have a dryer already in it, saving you time, and you won’t need a third coat of polish. If this is the case you can apply a drying spray. Apply one to two coats. Let this dry a full 5 minutes. You can also dip your hands in very cold (iced) water to give the top coat an extra hardening. You are finished. Check out your handy work. Now you have beautiful natural nails!