5 Tips for Your At-Home Manicure

Ashley Yamamoto

Posted on May 15 2020

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I know there has been so much disappointment from all of our favorite shops, salons, and stores closing due our current global situation. Or perhaps these businesses have re-opened in your state, but you're on a tight budget? The way this has impacted every part of life seems so surreal. So, to those of you aching for some nail TLC, here are a few tips to make your at-home manicure feel like you are back in your favorite salon!

1. Set The Mood

This might seem silly, but a huge part of the Nail Salon experience comes from walking in the door and being taken care of. While you will have to do your own nails this time, you can still create a caring atmosphere by adjusting the lighting in the room and adding some nice scents. Light some candles, put some calming essential oils in your diffuser, and don't forget that perfect playlist! 

2. Prepare Your Station

Nothing is more annoying than having to get up from your relaxing manicure to go grab something you forgot in the other room. Or even worse-- realizing you are missing an essential tool. Grab everything you will need beforehand and lay it all out in your "work space"  in an organized manner. These items can include your nail tool kit, a nail file, cotton tips, cotton balls, nail polish remover, and your favorite hand scrub or lotion. 

3. Exfoliate and Moisturize! 

A huge reason why you leave the salon with such soft hands is because they exfoliate your skin! This might be through a massage, gentle scrub, or hand soak. Either way, take time before you paint your nails to get those loose particles of skin off.  Don't forget to moisturize after exfoliation with some good hand cream before you paint your nails or after they have dried! 

4. Keep It Simple

Be honest with yourself-- are you going to be able to paint a little butterfly on your ring finger? I would be impressed if you could! Set realistic expectations for yourself when deciding on a design. It is okay to stick with a simple color on all of your nails. This will ensure that you are giving yourself (what looks to be) a salon quality manicure. 

5. Plan Ahead

This is so important. If you are planning on doing your nails at home-- and especially if you have to let them air dry-- plan ahead for time after painting to just sit and do nothing. I cannot tell you how many times I have painted my nails and then thought it would be a good idea to make dinner or do the laundry. Get all of that stuff out of the way beforehand! You will be glad you did when you aren't having to do touch-ups. 

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