A woman’s hand can tell a lot about her. A manicure is not just for those with short nails, and it doesn’t just have to be on special occasions either. Whether you’re getting your nails done at the salon or doing it yourself, there are steps you need to follow in order to keep them looking their best.
Make an appointment with your local salon.
Find a person that you feel comfortable around and who seems to have the appropriate qualifications for doing nails. Give them instructions on what colors, shapes or designs you need done and let them know if you want any nail art as well! Remember that this is their job so they’ll be prepared for anything thrown at them from customers like yourself. Set aside time in your schedule where manicures can happen every two weeks because it will keep your hands looking great all year long.
If you prefer the DIY route, then here are some tips:
Clean out surfaces thoroughly before starting (including a fresh coat of paint) and use only natural products–no chemicals! Make sure to wear rubber gloves while applying polish to your nails in order to keep the products off of all surfaces and away from work.
- Clean hands with mild soap and water before starting or at least every 30 minutes. This will help avoid getting dirt under the nail which can lead to infection, especially if it’s not properly cleaned out.
- Wear rubber gloves when applying polish as this will prevent oil on hands contaminating manicure process–even for those who have perfect hand hygiene habits!
- Use a top coat only after all other steps are completed–this is a crucial step that ensures longevity of paint job by protecting against damage from friction or chemical exposure over time (such as cleaning products). However, let them air dry completely first so you don’t get any smudges!
- Don’t put lotion on your hands before the polish starts to dry–this can lead to smudging of your manicure. If you want, spritz a little hairspray onto nails and let it sit for about 20 seconds before applying polish at this point instead.
- Keep nail clippers in order so they’re always sharp and handy when needed. This will help avoid any nicks or breaks by clipping close to the free edge rather than overhanging into skin around finger (which is more likely to happen if using scissors).
- Make sure that all tools are cleaned with soap and water after each use as well as disinfected after every two weeks, especially those used on cuticles which should be kept as clean as possible.
- Cut cuticles straight across and never remove more than a millimeter upwards from the free edge because this can create an opening for bacteria to get in or cause infections that are hard to treat.
- After each manicure, use a hand lotion on hands–especially after washing your hands with soap (soap is drying). Be sure not to put it anywhere near nail tips though! This will help moisturize skin and keep nails looking healthy over time.
- Avoid using any type of polish remover unless absolutely necessary because they pull off the natural oils in nails which leads to dryness and brittle nails over time. Instead use cotton balls soaked in acetone nail polish remover by wrapping around finger tip then use other fingers to push all the cotton ball against nail.
- Keep a pack of tissues nearby in case you get polish on your clothes or skin–it can be frustrating if it’s not dealt with instantly!
The best way to take care of your hands is to maintain them by keeping them clean and well moisturized, whether that means going for regular manicures or doing them yourself every few weeks. Nails should also be cared for:
Keep cuticles as healthy as possible by trimming carefully before applying any polish then let nails dry completely after finishing but always use hand lotion afterwards. And don’t forget about those fingertips because they need attention too (in addition to being gentle when handling objects). You’ll want soft tips that look good and don’t break off over time so be gentle when handling objects like pens or tools.
By making sure to have clean hands before you start painting your nails, this will help prevent the natural oils from being pulled away by soap–which is what causes dryness in the skin as well as brittle nails! It’s also important not to put any type of polish remover on until after everything else has been completed because they can dissolve all that hard work if used too early (such as acetone nail polish removers). If anything does happen, make sure that cotton balls are kept nearby with a pack of tissues for easy access. You’ll need them sooner than later so it’s always good to keep one close by.