Basic self-manicuring should be done once a week and only takes 15-20 minutes. It is also commonly recommended to visit a professional manicurist every 4-6 weeks.
- Remove old nail polish using a cottonball moistened with nail polish remover. Press over the nail for a few seconds to soften the polish. Firmly bring the cotton from the base of the nail to the tip. Repeat until all the polish is gone.
- Shape the nail. Using an emery board, file each nail tip from corner to center. Do not file back and forth or in a "see-saw" motion over the nail since that can cause ridges and splitting.
- Clean the fingers/nails. Soak the hands in warm soapy water for a few minutes to loosen dirt. Use an orange wood stick to clean under the free edge of each nail. Use a nailbrush to scrub away stubborn dirt especially under the nails.
- Push back the cuticle. The cuticle is the skin that grows from the finger onto the base of the nail. Be careful not to cut the cuticles or push them back excessively.
- Apply clear nail polish or a base coat polish. Let the polish completely dry before continuing. See our range of nail polish below.
- Apply colour nail polish if desired. Make sure the polish is dry before applying another coat (if required). You may want to apply a top coat of clear polish to prevent chipping of the coloured polish.
- Moisturise the hands and cuticles. Apply a moisturising cream or lotion to help prevent nail splitting and keep them flexible. We recommend Neutrogena Hand Cream and La Roche Posay Hand Cream.