Manicures are a relaxing beauty ritual done to keep nails clean and pretty. How about adding a skin-softening ingredient to make a plain manicure better, and simple enough to do right at home?!
If you upkeep your nails, you probably go to the salon every week or every other week since most polish chips pretty quickly. Instead of spending all that time and money, why not buy a few good manicure tools and do your own right at home?! Keep reading for a skin-loving hot oil massage with a quick manicure idea!
- Nail polish remover (if needed)
- Bowl to soak both hands
- Cuticle oil
- Cuticle pusher
- Nail clipper
- Emery board
- Orangewood sticks
- Olive oil, or vitamin E oil
- Nail buffer
- Hand lotion
All the tools listed can be found at your local beauty supply store or online. Check out a few manicure kits below
Hot oil manicure procedure:
- Remove any nail polish with cotton and polish remover. Be sure your tools are layed out on a clean surface and ready to be used, and wash your hands as well.
- Cut nails down to desired length and file with emery board to shape them. If you don’t like them squared, but want another shape besides round try squoval! Squoval is a flattering shape, the way to achieve it is hold your hand up with your palm facing you; then file straight across nails to give it a square look. Finally, file the sides so they are rounded.
- Apply cuticle oil on your cuticles, and use the pusher to push cuticles down. Wrap a bit of cotton around the end of an orangewood stick, and use it to clean under your nails free edge if necessary.
- Pour 1-2 cups of olive/ vitamin E oil in a microwave safe container and microwave until it is warm. Wash your hands to remove the cuticle oil and any nail filing debris. You can also run a clean towel under hot water to use after your hot oil soak.
- Pour warm oil into bowl to soak hands, and dip fingers into bowl. Place your hands in the bowl to ensure the warm oil covers them entirely. Let your hands soak up the warm oil for 2-3 minutes, or until it cools down.
- Once your hands are done soaking, take them out and wash them again. Dry them off with the warm towel prepared in the previous step.
- For extra shine, use the nail buffer to buff your nails. This will give them a natural shine, thus requiring no nail polish. If you’d rather paint your nails, this is when you would go ahead and apply the polish.
- Once you are done buffing, or letting your nail polish dry, gently massage hand lotion on your hands and arms.
The olive/vitamin oil will leave your skin feeling ultra soft. You can do this moisturizing manicure every week for super soft skin, and shiny nails. Check out this post -> DIY Manicure for a tutorial on a basic manicure right at home!
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