How To Do Manicure And Pedicure At Home?
Date Posted:13 July 2022
Professional manicure at the comfort of your home is a reality if you have the right nail tools and know core rules of nail care. Once you master the basics, your at-home manicure and pedicure will be an enjoyable routine. In this article, we’ll talk specifically about nail cutting steps and share useful tips to help you create salon-look of your hands and toes.
Nail cutting is an essential step in any manicure or pedicure as is creates the foundation of well-presented nails. Whether you like the natural look or opt for a more pampered presentation, proper nail cutting should not be rushed.
Choose The Nail Cutter
Start by selecting the right tool. Perhaps, you already know your style and can easily spot the best nail cutter that works for you. If you are not so sure, read the tips for choosing the best nail cutters to help you decide which is right for your needs.
Nail clippers, nail scissors or nippers – whichever nail tool you use, ensure it is made of high quality metal, such as stainless steel, and can be cleaned thoroughly, without damage caused by washing or sterilization.
Shape Your Nails
Once you select the nail cutter, think about your nail shape. How to shape nails? The answer is easy, since nature has already taken care of the ideal shape of your nails.
Look at your cuticle – the skin at the nail bed that is usually slightly rounded. Its shape will give you an idea how the edge of your nail should look when you trim it. Try to follow the shape of your cuticle, repeating the curve in the reverse. The most popular shapes are oval, square or squoval (a combination of the two).
With well-groomed nails, you’ll always look elegant and these shapes suit the majority of nail types.
Decide The Nail Length
Next, it’s all about length. How long is too long for your nails? Well, it depends on whether you are talking about fingernails or toenails.
For trimming toenails, it may be a good idea to leave just a very short tip to prevent any rubbing against your shoes. For fingernails, there is no strict rule as long as you feel comfortable doing everyday tasks.
Often, your style and health state of your nails can give the best clue. For example, if your nails are fragile, you may want to avoid long nails because they can break more easily. Also, depending on your profession, it is worth considering what is socially acceptable, as well as the type of task you are performing. For instance, if you are playing a guitar, you may find it uncomfortable to have long nails.
Whatever length you leave, make sure your nails are always clean under the tips. When you start feeling uncomfortable performing your everyday routine, it's time to trim your nails.
How To Do Manicure At Home
- Prepare the tools, a bowl with warm water and a towel or a clean napkin;
- Wash and dry your hands. This will help to avoid spreading bacteria and soften your nails for easier cutting;
- Trim your nails carefully, without cutting the skin around the nail;
- File your nails starting from the sides of the nail towards the centre;
- Using the tower end of the nail file, carefully remove any dirt from under your nail tips;
- Rub hand cream on your nail plates and hands (invest in a good quality hand cream for extra pampering pleasure).
Filing should be performed in one direction. Sawing back and forth results in split layers and broken nails.
How To Do Pedicure At Home
Cutting toenails is slightly different from cutting fingernails. Unlike fingernails, toenails should be cut straight with one snip and the corners should be rounded with a nail file. Straight nail edges help reduce rubbing against your shoes and minimise the risk of ingrown toenails.
The best time to trim your nails is after a bath or a shower when they are clean and a little soft.