Nail Care Guide – From A Qualified Nail Tech

Hello everybody!
So today while I was sorting out my nails, I figured that I could share with you some ways I find are the best for taking care of your nails – while I’m not working as a nail technician, I did get qualified April last year (2017) and through my training and practising I did learn some things I’ll be using for a while!

If you’re interested in hearing about me getting qualified and set up to work as a nail tech, let me know!

Before we get into it, a short backstory on my nails: I used to be a severely bad nail biter. Up until I was 13-ish I used to bite my nails. A lot. I’d bite them so much that I’d end up with stinging pains because I’d hit the hyponychium (the bit under your nails protecting you from infections, etc) I knew I wanted to stop and finally have nice nails so I managed to get through it! Since then, I’ve done what I can to ensure my nails stay strong and healthy, while I don’t always keep up with this 100% of the time (I’m only human after all) I try my best to set aside some time to really care for my nails!

So after the mini ramble, let’s start the care guide.

Filing nails
•Always use a 240 grit file on natural nails. This is the softer grit, meaning there’ll be less chance of the nails splitting or being damaged like they would on a lower grit (the higher the grit, the softer the file is)
•Only file in one direction. Again, this prevents your nails from splitting. The best way to do this is file in the same direction, filing towards the centre of your nail. It may seem like it takes longer, but the results are worth it
•Don’t file nails when they’re wet. Nails are weaker after being soaked, and again, more likely they’ll break.

You can easily find files online or in store, which state what grit they are. If the file doesn’t state a grit, I’d recommend buying a different one.
240 grit is best for natural nails, 180 grit is used on acrylics or other forms of extensions.
240 grit nail file

•It’s easier to push back your cuticles after a shower or after applying cuticle cream.
•Use a good pressure to push the cuticle back, but be careful to not scratch or damage your nails.
•Cuticle nippers: I’d only suggest using these if you absolutely know what you’re doing. I never used them until I got the proper training with someone who I could talk to face to face, and to make sure I was doing it right.
•Cuticile nippers alternative: you can get cuticle remover cream from various nail brands, you apply the product, rub it in (or follow the instructions if the state differently) then using the cuticle pusher, you can remove the cuticle leaving nicer looking nails. Make sure you follow the instructions for removal too! (some you can leave on, some need to be washed off)
Cuticle remover

Cuticle Oil/Cream
•It’s best to apply cuticle oil or cream daily, but if you tend to forget, stick with as often as possible.
•Apply around the nail and under the nail.

There are many types of cuticle oils and creams out there. Personally, I prefer oils for my cuticles, but you can also get hand creams which are made for both your hands and cuticles, perfect for if you’re someone who’s on the go!
Hand and Cuticle cream

I hope this has helped you when it comes to your nails, I try and set some time once a week or every two weeks (depending on how busy I am) to really care for my nails and ensure they’re staying healthy and strong.

Until next time,
Surviving Millennial.

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