Caring for your nails can be tricky. After all, that’s why we get manicures—so someone else can do it for us, right? Before you sabotage your own fabulous full set, check out our favorite ways to keep your hands and cuticles looking salon-fresh, even when you’re due for a fill in.
Create a daily skincare routine for your hands and nails.
So often, we focus on caring for our faces with washes, toners, SPFs, and moisturizers. But when was the last time you focused on your hands? Each night before bed, take the time to wash your hands and use a nail brush to remove any dirt from under your nails. Moisturize your hands with a quality moisturizer (one of our favorites is OPI’s Avoplex High-Intensity Hand & Nail Cream), and apply a bit of coconut oil to your cuticle areas.
Moisturize throughout the day.
So many things can cause your fingers and cuticles to dry out: lack of humidity in the air, certain soaps, and even working with a lot of paper at the office! To combat this, be sure to keep a moisturizer in your desk or in your purse, and use throughout your day to keep your hands moisturized and soft.
Use cuticle balm
It’s essentially like using lip balm for your fingers—it moisturizes and protects your cuticles to prevent redness, breakage, and dryness. Cuticle balm will keep your manicure looking flawless from your full set to your next fill in. One of our favorites is the Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream from Burt’s Bees.
Essential oils can be, well, essential!
Combine essential oils to make a custom cuticle mix that will keep your fingers in tip top shape, or simply use individual oils if you’re in a pinch. Keep a dropper bottle handy that has a blend as follows: 6 drops of tea tree oil, 2 drops of peppermint oil, and 2 drops of almond oil (you can double or triple these proportions to fill your dropper bottle). Use 1-2 drops of the oil blend to rub into your cuticles. If you’ve got a moment to relax, fill a large bowl with warm water, add 6-8 drops of tea tree oil and 1-2 drops of peppermint oil, and soak your hands for 5-10 minutes. [Bonus: Tea tree oil is known for its fungus-fighting properties, which means that in addition to keeping your cuticles looking great, it will keep them healthy too!]
Combine these tips with a manicure from a professional, experienced nail technician, and your nails will always be ready for the next Instagram photo, date night, or girls night out.
At Genesis Career College, our accredited nail technician program covers manicuring, pedicuring, acrylics, nail repair, and more. Our campus salons are open to the public, giving you the chance to work on real clients as you earn your diploma! We offer this program on our Nashville, Lebanon, Daphne, Dalton, and Cookeville campuses, so we’re sure to have a spot for you.
For more information on how you can become a licensed nail technician, check out the Nail Tech program page.