Manicure Do’s and Don’ts


Many of us want nails that are clean, neat, and trim, and one of the best ways to achieve that is through manicures whether we get them done professionally or do them at home. If you’re going to take the time to do your nails, you obviously want them to look as fabulous as possible, and the following are some manicure do’s and don’ts that can help you do just that.

Do: Get Recommendations for a Quality Salon
If you’d rather get your nails professionally done, consider putting the call out on social media to ask for salon recommendations. Not only do you want to go to a place that’s safe and clean but that is also going to provide you with the best results possible at the price you desire.

Don’t: Take Your Cuticles Off
Whether you’re doing your nails at home or getting them done in a salon, leave your cuticles intact. The cuticles are important; they’re essentially a barrier that keeps out bacteria. Once they’re removed, you’re opening the floodgates.

Do: Take Out Everything You Need Beforehand
Have you ever gotten a manicure where everything was absolutely perfect only to reach in your purse after to grab your phone or money and realize that your nails weren’t as dry as you thought they were? Before paint goes on your nails, take out everything – card, cash, keys, phone, etc – that you’ll need after so you don’t risk damaging your newly-manicured nails.

Don’t: Pick Off Your Nails
We get it, sometimes it can be tempting to just pick off the gel manicure, but please, for the sake of your nails, don’t do this. A layer of your natural nail often comes with it which not only weakens your nails but could make them sensitive, flaky, dry, and painful. If you don’t have the time, energy, or patience to remove them at home, then head to a salon so they can do it for you.

Woman applying hand cream

Do: Moisturize
From dealing with varying temperatures to getting washed multiple times throughout the day, your hands go through a lot. Your nails may look beautiful but how the skin looks plays a part as well. Make sure you always moisturize throughout the day, especially after you wash your hands.

Don’t: Put It On Thick 
Although putting the nail polish on thick might seem like it’s going to make your manicure go more quickly, it could actually have the opposite effect. Additionally, another problem that could arise is that you might notice little lines and marks in the polish after it comes in contact with anything, even clothing. Thin layers that you build up is the way to go.

Do: Use Products to Help You Get Better Results
If you’re doing an at-home manicure, there are so many products that can assist you. For example, using a cuticle pusher can help you gently push back the cuticles rather than cut them, and Elmer’s glue can help you easily prevent nail polish from getting on the skin around your nails.

Woman biting nails

Don’t: Bite Your Nails
There are multiple reasons why you shouldn’t bite your nails, but one is that you’re basically transferring germs back and forth between your mouth and hands. Held a subway pole? Those germs are now in your mouth. You could also cause severe damage to your nails, and when you’re chewing on your manicure, all those chemicals from your polish are now going into your body. Do what you can to stop biting your nails before it becomes an even bigger problem.

Now that you know just some of the manicure do’s and don’ts, you’re all set for your next manicure!

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