As satisfying as it is to leave the salon with a fresh manicure, it’s not always the most accessible option for nail and cuticle care. After all, the costs of seeing a qualified nail tech quickly add up! With that in mind, it can help to know how to take maintain healthy nails and cuticles at home. In fact, you might find that you do such a good job with your DIY manicure that you no longer need that regular booking at the salon, or you’ll need it a lot less often!
Get the right products.
Before you can accomplish those dreamy, shiny nails, the right products are absolutely essential. Spend some time looking into each nail kit, nail buffer kit, and other accessories you’re considering. You’ll want to read the descriptions of each new product carefully, considering what’s included and what it claims to do, in addition to studying any available reviews. At the very least, you’ll want to invest in high-quality products that offer the results you’re looking for, whether that’s shiny nails, nail recovery, or healthy nail growth.
Learn what you’re doing.
No matter how excellent your nail care tools may be, it’s important to know how to use them. Not only is this a key factor in getting your desired result, but it’s also crucial if you hope to avoid causing trauma or injury to your nails. If you do frequent a salon, pay careful attention to your nail tech’s efforts, paying close attention to the methods they use to perfect your manicure. At home, you might research tutorials and similar resources that can show you how to properly maintain your nails, cuticles, and nail bed. Of course, it’s just as important that you verify your sources—you don’t want to be taking misinformation as fact.
Try dietary supplements.
In some instances, even the best tools and techniques may seem to be in vain. Symptoms like discoloration or changes to the texture of your nails may indicate a separate issue, like a nutritional deficiency. Vitamins and nutrients including biotin and other B vitamins, iron, magnesium, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, and zinc may all impact your nails. If you suspect this may be the case for you, consider adding a supplement to your regular wellness routine. Of course, be sure to talk to your doctor before adding a new supplement to your regimen, even if it’s for the sake of your fingernails.
Recognize potential warning signs.
Not every nail issue is a case of a dietary deficiency, though. In more serious situations, it could be an indicator of seemingly unrelated health issues or severe diseases such as diabetes; rheumatoid arthritis; AIDS; liver, pulmonary, thyroid, or cardiovascular diseases; inflammatory bowel disease; pneumonia; Raynaud’s disease; lupus; psoriasis; measles; mumps; scarlet fever, and others. There are several different symptoms that align with conditions like these, including changes to the color, shape, or texture of your nails, pain, swelling, or redness, and more. However, it’s important that you don’t jump immediately from “nail abnormality” to “severe illness.” Many nail issues are just that—problems with the nails themselves. Be sure to visit a doctor if you suspect something more serious, but try not to stress over it too much in the interim. Chances are, there’s no need to worry at all.
Whether it’s learning how to use a nail buffer properly or researching nail abnormalities that could indicate something more serious, there’s a lot that goes into proper nail and cuticle care both at home and at the salon. Nevertheless, knowing these things will make your professional-quality manicure seem a lot more feasible from the comfort of your couch—and your nails will appreciate your newfound interest in their health.