7 March 2013

How to have salon nails at home

The right way to have and keep beautiful nails is with a regular maintenance routine, not a visit  to the salon every six months.  So, twice a month:
  1. Remove all traces of nail polish with a gentle remover and a soft cotton pad (or two!)
  2. File your nails in one direction (a good name for a band?!) only to avoid splitting them.  For stronger nails, aim for a smooth oval shape.
  3. Soak your fingertips in a bowl of warm, soapy water for about one or two minutes.
  4. Massage in a cuticle treatment, this is said to increase nail growth by 20%.  
  5. Gently push back your cuticles with a cotton bud, then rinse with warm water.
  6. Gently rub in a rich hand cream.  If you want to put nail polish on straight away, simply dampen a cotton wool ball with lukewarm water and use it to remove any excess lotion from your fingertips.
  7. Apply a base coat to help protect your nails from staining and to give an even base for your chosen polish.
  8. Two layers of polish will give a deep, rich colour. Allow five minutes between each coat.
  9. When both layers are dry, protect the polish against chipping and make the shiny finish last a lot longer by applying a final top coat.
Ha ha!!!

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