There are two types of people in the world – those who always need perfectly polished nails and those who don’t. I am the former. That said, several years ago I realized that a fresh manicure every two weeks was one of those expenses that really added up over time, so I vowed to quit. I still maintain my perfectly polished nails, but instead do the work myself. Naturally, I have a few tips and tricks I swear by to keep my nails healthy and maintain a salon quality polish.
Eat well I’ve talked a little bit about it before, but overhauling my eating habits a few years back had so many benefits, including great looking nails. Because of my vegetable-heavy diet, my nails started growing like weeds and are stronger than ever before. Proper nutrition will always do wonders for your looks, particularly things like nails and hair.
Clean them up every two weeks or so, I take a little time to give myself a proper at-home mani pedi. That means trimming, filing, buffing and scrubbing until my fingers and toes are prepped and ready to take on some color.
Home gel kit I almost exclusively use gel polish for my nails since it lasts so much longer, dries instantly, and provides a nice thick coat of color. It may be because my job requires typing 95% of the time, but regular polish chips way too fast. I bought this at-home gel manicure kit a few years ago and it works like a charm. I’m able to give myself (with a little practice) a salon quality gel manicure in the comfort of my own home. My favorite colors are Macchiato, Juicy Sangria, and Miss Behave (warning: they always come out a little different than it looks on the box).
Let them breathe whenever my nails start to weaken or look a little rough from all the gel polish, I give them a week off. Even just a few days going polish-free helps them to repair and replenish so I don’t have to worry about breakage down the road.
I’ve gotten so many questions about whether or not my nails are real and how I maintain (or afford) polished nails 24/7, so I hope this is helpful in creating an at-home system to DIY!