Basic Nail Care

It's important to keep your nails healthy and beautiful! Here are some tips to take care of your nails:


Avoid Harmful Nail Polish

Before doing research on making my own indie polish, I was shocked to find out some of the harmful chemicals in popular nail polishes. For example, formaldehyde is a chemical used to preserve dead animals. Make sure to do your research to find out what you are putting on your nails as one bottle of nail polish can go a long way. It's worth it to spend more on a less toxic polish (such as 3-free/5-free/7-free polishes) than to spend any money on polishes with dangerous chemicals.


Base Coat

It's important to use base coat to protect your natural nails. Applying a base coat will also smooth out the ridges in your nails and create a smooth canvas for your manicure.


Moisturize

Use lotion, cuticle oil, or hand creams to make sure your hands and nails are moisturized. Making sure your nails are hydrated will prevent nail breakage.


Health

Take care of your health as the conditions of your nails reflect your overall health. Make sure to drink enough water and properly balance your diet.


Cuticles 

Your cuticles functions as a barrier to protect bacteria from entering in your body through the nails. Instead of cutting out your cuticles, you should soften them and gently push them back using a cuticle pusher.


Don't Peel Off Your Polish

While it is tempting to peel off your polish, it deals great damage to your nails by ripping off a layer of your nails. This will cause ridges or dents to appear on the surface of your nails. If you have a habit of peeling your polish or you need to peel, I would suggest using a peel off base coat.


Filing Your Nails

When filing your nails, make sure to file your nails the same direction instead changing the directions back and forth. Sawing your nails back and forth will create rough edges and weak points, increasing the chances of breakage.


Avoid Nail Hardener Products (unless you have weak/brittle nails)

While it sounds like a good idea to have strong and hard nails, this will increase the likelihood of your nails snapping. Instead, you should make sure your nails are strong but bendable using cuticle oils or hand lotions. In the case that you accidentally bang your nails on something, it will not snap a huge chunk off the tip of your nails.


Take a Break

While it's nice to have pretty colors and designs on your nails, it is essential to give your nails a break to prevent discoloring or thinning of the nails. Giving your nails fresh air will prevent further damage from the chemicals in nail products. Just make sure to keep your nails hydrated and apply a clear coat polish if necessary.


Top Coat

To make your shiny and last longer, you should use a top coat to seal up your nail art.