I happen to suffer from brittle nails and the winter weather doesn’t especially help my situation. People who have brittle or soft nails know the frustration especially if you’ve had them recently manicured and one of them breaks or splits. I have an expert friend who has her own nail salon and she has given me some great tips over the years for keeping my nails looking great while also making them strong. Here is her special recipe for “Magic” Nail Oil.
- 2 tsp almond oil
- 1/2 tsp jojoba oil
- 3 drops lemongrass oil
- 2 drops lavender oil
Mix all of the ingredients and massage into nails in the morning and before bed. This will make your nails strong yet flexible and less prone to breaking and snags. She also has some awesome tips on how to properly apply nail polish at home. Here they are:
Before doing anything wash your hands with just water and pat dry-it’s important to not use soap because sometimes the ingredients stick to the nails surface causing an uneven coat. Fun fact: Did you know that 3,000 years ago some cultures painted their nails with egg whites, gelatin, bees wax and gum arabic?
- Prime your nails with a protective base coat, this will also allow for easier removal when changing polish colours.
- Stroke the colour down the center of the nail FIRST and then do the sides in 2-3 strokes. DO A HORIZONTAL STRIPE across the TOP of each nail (with the same colour) to seal the tips, this will also help with chipping and will help your paint job to last longer.
- Wait for the first coat to dry and add a second coat using the same method as step 2.
- Don’t apply more than 2 coats! It’s unnecessary and it can get gloopy.
- Apply a protective top coat after the second coat has dried and dip tips into cold water to set. Don’t touch anything for a while. TA-DA! You’re ready to show off your beautiful hands.
- Always use an acetone-free remover to keep your nails from drying out too much.
- Remember to use the “Magic” Nail oil between polishes to nourish your unpainted nails.
Thanks to our friend Janet for her awesome tips about paint and polish<3