Quarantine days thought me "How to do Home Manicure and Pedicure"
Updated: Jul 11
Covid-19 cases increased and “stay at home” order was enforced, pressuring all the nail salons to close. Because of the pandemic, taking care of your nails is now your responsibility. Home Manicure/ Pedicure is not difficult as anyone would think. When I started to do home manicure, I was shocked by the results.
Here are a few tips that could help you maintain healthy nails.
How do I remove my Acrylic/Gel?
The safest way is to chemically remove it, by soaking all your hand fingers in a bowl with hot water, place another small bowl filled with acetone on top of the hot water, and an orange stick. After soaking for 5-10 minutes the gel polish should scrape off with metal scraping tools.
Removing acrylic can be challenging compared to gel polish. I’ve used the method where I think the dip powder with a file and dip my nails on acetone. But if you have sensitive skin, best to try aluminum foil wrap. Where each cotton is soaked on acetone and wrapped with aluminum foil on top of your fingernails, soak each nail for 10-15 minutes.
How do I keep my cuticles and nails healthy?
Moisturize your hands:
Antimicrobial soaps can leave our skin feeling dry and dehydrated. Using non-chemical oils (such as coconut and almond oils) or facial oils helps to hydrate the skin for a long time.
Use Epsom Salt and Vinegar:
When soaking your hands or feet, add Epsom salt and Apple Cider vinegar to your water and then soak for a manicure 5-10 minutes and 20-30 minutes for a pedicure. I use foot scrubber to remove all the dry skin of my feet, and a sponge for my hands.
Epsom salt is a magnesium sulfate that is used to ease health problems such as muscle soreness and stress. Can be used as an exfoliating foot scrub.
Apple cider vinegar is naturally acidic that can moist and get rid of dead skin for dry feet and cracked heels.
Cutting cuticles may seem easy and are the standard in nail salons. According to Mayo Clinic, it’s advised not to cut your cuticles because it is living tissue and prevents from bacteria entering the body and cause infection. It’s best to push back the cuticle and trims little.
Amazon has a great price deal of nail clippers. The nail clippers tool comes in handy including nail cutter, cuticle pusher, cuticle cutter, file, and buffer, etc. After using the nail clippers tools, use Isopropyl Alcohol 70% to disinfect it.
Isopropyl Alcohol 70%:
Using alcohol not only helps with disinfecting bacteria, but it also helps clean any oil excess on your nail once cleaned with cotton and alcohol before nail polish is applied.
How do I paint my Manicure and Pedicure?
The easiest way to start is by placing your toe separator on your hands or feet and placing them on a top of a flat surface, to help easily with filing and applying nail polish. When applying nail polish, it is easier to apply a light layer and add an extra layer or two, instead of trying to fix a thick polish.
How do I fix an extra layer of nail polish?
Usually soaking a small piece of cotton or q-tips helps remove a small layer of nail polish outside your nails.
How to make regular nail polish last longer?
Base Coat Polish
Using base coat polish is important because it helps make the manicure last longer and prevent your natural nails from tuning into dark colors.
Picking the right nail polish color can be challenging, and so is picking the matching quality nail polish brand. Apply two coats for a lighter color and three coats for darker nail color.
Topcoat is important as they help to keep the nail polish longer, you will need to reapply it every day to ensure your nails looks newly done.
Practicing home manicure and pedicure has not ONLY helped me with my bi-weekly nail maintenance but helped me to learn how to do my nails at home.