Have you ever wondered how you can give yourself a perfect professional look manicure right from your own home? Well, look no further...Hope is here to save the day!
A little history lesson...the word manicure is derived from the Latin word "manus" meaning hands and "cura" meaning care. The purpose of a manicure is to improve your appearance and the feel of your hands. Men and women alike can enjoy the benefit of a manicure. Who doesn't want soft, attractive hands and cleanly groomed nails???
Not everyone has the time or the money to get a manicure done at the salon. But everyone can do a manicure at home, using supplies that you already have around your house.
Now, gather your supplies!
The first step in a manicure is to shape and file how you want your nails to look. You should never file wet fingernails. *Just as your hair is weaker when wet, your nails require the same care.*
The nail should be shaped to conform to the shape of the finger. The oval shape works well for most hands, but it's up to you. File each nail from the corner to the center, going from left to right and then right to left. Don't slide the file back and forth over the tip of your nails and don't over file the side of the nail, this will lead to weakening and breaking.
Soak your hands for 5-10 minutes in a bowl of soapy water to softy any dry skin or rough cuticles.
If you have dry skin, you should soak your hands in a thick hand cream or Vaseline instead of the water solution. Apply a thick coat of cream or Vaseline over your hands, wrap your hands in gloves or saran wrap, and allow them to set for 10-15 minutes.
Apply a combination of soap and salt or sugar to exfoliate the hands. The mixture should be a thick consistency. An exfoliating cream can be used in place of the salt/sugar mixture, if you prefer. These mixtures will remove any old, dry skin cells and leave your hands feeling softer. This step is best done at the sink to minimize a mess.
Gently dry your hands with a clean towel. Rub the cuticle areas of each finger with the edge of the towel.
Take your cuticle pusher or an orangewood stick and gently push back the cuticle on each nail. Never cut your cuticles, this can cause pain and infection.
If you have any hangnails or loose pieces of skin around the nails or cuticles, you may trim very carefully with cuticle trimmers or fingernail clippers.
Use the cuticle pusher to clean underneath each nail.
Apply a good amount of hand lotion to each hand and massage it into your skin.
Using one hand, massage the palm of the other hand, working the lotion into your skin. Using the thumb of the opposing hand, massage around each cuticle and nail. Slowly rotate each finger, and then rotate the wrist. Work the lotion up to the elbow, massaging the arm. Do the same to the other hand.
Wipe the extra lotion off of the hands with a clean, dry towel. Rub towel gently over each nail and around each cuticle to remove any excess lotion.
Apply police or a clear coat to your nails. Let the polish dry, then apply a second coat.
Give yourself a manicure once a week. This will keep your hands looking healthier and younger.
See you next time,