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How to do a hot oil manicure at home

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!

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  • Nail polish remover (if needed)
  • Cotton
  • 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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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How to do a manicure at home

Here are simple steps and materials needed for a perfect at home manicure. Do it yourself, save time and money!

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-nail polish remover

-nail bowl soak

-cuticle oil

-cuticle pusher

-nail clipper

-emery board

-orangewood sticks

-hand cream


-2 small towels

-base coat

-nail polish

-top coat

A few affordable and quality products, bright shades, and pre-cut and colored nail prints 🙂


How to:

  • Prepare all your tools, place them on a clean area, and pour warm water with a drop of antibacterial soap in the bowl or a container big enough to fit your hand.
  • Use  cotton and polish remover to remove any polish on your nails. Cut your nails down to desired length, and file them to the shape you’d like.

Pro-Tip: Short nails look great in dark colors, longer nails look classier  in soft shades or a French style mani.

  • Place one hand in the warm water and let soak for a couple minutes.
  • Take wet hand out and pat dry with the towel. Soak a bit of cotton in cuticle oil and wrap it around one end of an orangewood stick, use the cotton to distribute oil around your cuticles. Use the cuticle pusher to gently push cuticles down. Use the orangewood stick with the oil-soaked cotton around it to clean under your nails edge.

Pro-Tip: Never, never, ever, cut or allow your cuticles to be cut. This is the easiest way to expose your cuticles to bacteria, infections or a stinging cut. Plus, once you cut your cuticles they will grow back and need to be trimmed too often. Push them down with the pusher instead.

  • Soak the other hand, and repeat the previous step.
  • Use a moisturizing (non-greasy) hand lotion to gently massage your hand and arm all the way to your elbow. Use your index finger and thumb in circular motions to massage your hands, fingers, and up your arm.

Pro-tip: For a warm and soothing massage warm up the lotion for a few seconds, before using it to massage.

  • Repeat the previous step on the other hand and arm.  Use a warm towel to dry off your hands and remove any excess oil.
  • Starting on one hand, use base coat on your nails and let dry. Repeat on opposite hand.
  • Apply your favorite shade of color, 2-3 coats depending on the intensity and let it dry. Repeat on opposite hand.
  • Seal and protect the color with a clear top coat, let dry, and repeat on opposite hand.
  • Once nails have fully dried apply a small amount of cuticle oil around cuticles, and use a moisturizing hand lotion for silky skin.

Enjoy your lovely salon-like manicure right at home, minus the price and tip!