A few months ago, I decided to quit salon manicures and start doing my own at-home manicure. I’m not a fan of all the harsh chemicals or the danger of gel nail polish. I would do it on my bare nails, (I’m not an acrylic person) and so my nails were getting weak and brittle. Plus, I never really enjoyed getting my nails done anyways. Maybe I’m weird, but I’m way too impatient to sit there for too long. Personally, I would rather do my own nails at home, while watching Netflix on my couch.
I’ve formed a sorta kind of routine over the past few months for my at-home manicure and wanted to share what I do for anyone looking to ditch their weekly salon visits as well. So, here it is!
Once a week (usually Sunday), I will take out all my at-home manicure supplies and do my nails for the week. I start off by doing the obvious, which is taking off my nail polish. Then I clip my nails since they grow so quickly and I hate long nails on myself. I don’t cut them in any specific shape, since I’m going to file them anyways.
When I’m filing my nails, I kind of just go with my natural nail shape, since I think that looks best. Sometimes I’ll switch it up depending on the mood I’m in. I mostly go with a squoval/round shape. If you don’t know how to file a certain shape, Pinterest it and there are so many great guides.
I don’t cut my cuticles. I’ve always been scared to do it myself because I didn’t want to ruin them, but recently, I learned that it’s actually not good for your nails. So after filing, I just go straight to painting them.
I’ve been really focusing on using products (in this case, nail polish) that are cleaner and better for you. I’ve tried out a few so far and found two brands that I really love .Sally Hansen just came out with a new line called “good.kind.pure.”. The whole line is plant based, 16-free, and vegan. There are so many shades to choose from, especially if you’re a neutral-lover like me. I also use the top coat, and I did not start to see chipping until a week later. Another brand that I just recently started trying is Olive&June, which is 7-free and vegan as well. I also know that Target has a ton of options on vegan and cruelty free nail polish lines that I for sure want to try out soon!
Tips and tricks
– Try not to do more than two coats. It will only get too thick, and take longer to dry. Plus, your nails are more prone to chipping with more layers.
– Use a smudge brush to clean up your nails. Olive&June sells a “clean up brush” which is such a great tool to have. You can also use an eye smudge brush that will do the trick.
– I also love Olive&June’s Poppy! The Poppy is used to have a better grip on the nail polish brush, so that you can have a cleaner and more precise application. Seriously, the best thing I’ve every purchased for my nails, it works so well.
– Do more at-home manicures! I don’t have the complete science on it, so this is all based off of personal experience. I feel like since I stopped getting gel manicures on my natural nails, they are in such better condition. It took a little, but they are so much stronger now and don’t break as easily.
I’m going to link a few of my favorite manicure tools along with some of my favorite clean nail polishes for my at-home manicure. Hope you guys enjoyed this post!