I'm not a manicurist and don't claim to be a nail expert but this is how I have been nursing my nails back to health.
1. I start with buffing and filing my nails.
2. I rub the cuticle remover (from Sally's) around my nails and left it on for a few minutes.
3. With the cuticle remover still on, I soak my nails in warm water for about 3 minutes.
4. After soaking, I use a cuticle stick to push my cuticles back. I did use some nippers to clip some the hanging dead skin. Be careful with the nippers! Over nipping is the reason why my cuticles looks so horrible from my gel manicure.
5. Wash and dry your hands to remover the cuticle remover.
6. Use a alcohol with a cotton ball to remove excess oil from the nails.
7. Use a base coat (OPI Natural nail base coat) before polishing with color. Helps your polish stay on longer and helps to keep nails from staining.
8. Proceed with color and top coat (Nails Inc plumping gel effect top coat).
9. After nails are completely dry, apply cuticle oil (Sally Hansen cuticle pen) and hand cream (Lollia handcreme).
instagram and ladies shared with me that they have never had this problem getting gel nails. You would have thought I changed the engine in my car after getting my nails done for as bad as they look. I'm happy to share that my nails and cuticles are in good health now!
How do you take care of your nails? Do you do them at home or go to a salon? Do you rock gel nails?