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5 At-Home Manicure Tips For A Salon-Like Finish

July 10, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 159

Most women want to pamper themselves occasionally, but rarely have the money or time to go to a professional salon to get an expert manicure.

If this sounds like you, for a mere fraction of the money and time, you can give yourself your own professional manicure to get beautiful luxurious nails. Get ready to indulge yourself in the comfort of your own home while getting an uptown look!

1. Healthy Nail Care Is Essential

The health of your nails is very important because, without healthy nails, no matter what nail polish you use, your nails will never look good in them. So, before you apply any colors to your nails, make sure you do the following:

Moist your hands with a hand cream of your choosing, or soak your hands in warm water for about 5 to 10 minutes. Now, with your skin moist and supple, gently push back your cuticles to uncover more of your nail - This process should not hurt as your skin is now moist (from the hand cream or from the soaking of your hands in warm water).

Next, using a nail file, smooth out any coarse or rough spots on your nails.

2. Only Use Nail Polishes That Are Acetone-Free

It's important to only use nail polishes that are acetone-free since they are much safer for your nails.

Most regular nail polishes contain adverse chemicals such as formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate and toluene, which may trigger allergic reactions in some people. And in large amounts, exposure to these unsafe chemicals may cause undue sickness including nausea, dizziness or severe headaches and are even connected to more serious health issues resembling nerve damage.

Thankfully, today several professional beauty salons and companies are aware of the importance of solvent-free products and have taken the matter seriously.

3. A Flawless Finish Requires A Steady Hand

Now that your nails are looking pristine and healthy, it's time to pick out your favorite color and carefully apply the polish with even, light strokes.

This requires a bit of patience and a pair of steady hands to get the perfect finish. For a perfect finish, you'll want to paint your entire nail in no more than 3 brush strokes.

4. Protect Your Freshly-Painted Nails With A Nail Strengthener

Nail strengtheners are clear liquid polish that when applied, protect the longevity of your nails, as well as to help your nail polish last much longer. It also serves as a protection barrier to chipping and peeling and actually strengthen your nails.

Nail polish is relative to the appearance of your nails, while the nail strengthener addresses the health of your nail.

Helpful Tip: Use the nail strengthener on your tips as well as the tops of your nails since that is where most of the chipping will occur.

5. Allow Some time For Your Nail Polish To Completely Dry Up

After you are done with your personal manicure, allow sometime for your freshly-coated nail polish to dry up - this may take approximately 30 minutes or so.

Be patient to allow your nail polish to completely dry before you come into contact with anything because, your newly-coated nail polish will get damaged even with the slightest of touches. And it would truly be a shame to damage them before anyone saw how beautiful they were!

Do you know that having clean, neat and healthy looking nails says a lot about your personality? Visit UrbaneWomen to learn how to maintain and care for your nails, along with how to give yourself a professional-looking manicure and pedicure at home.

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