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Things that are ruining your nails - INSIDER

Things that are ruining your nails – INSIDER

An at-home manicure is a great way to keep your nails looking on point, without worrying about making an appointment, dealing with a hectic salon, or paying top dollar. But DIY manis can chip too quickly if not done properly, so here’s how you should do them.

Aside from skipping the soak, you’ll want to make sure nails are free of any gunk by wiping them down with white vinegar on a cotton swab, according to Cosmopolitan. Remove any existing polish with an acetone-free polish remover.

First, you’ll want to clip nails to an even length, and file in one direction. Filing nails in different directions “causes splits and ragged edges, preventing the nails from growing back smooth,” according to Caleb Backe, a health and wellness expert for Maple Holistics, who previously shared his secrets with INSIDER.

Then, lightly buff nails and push back cuticles (never cut!), adding your favorite moisturizing or exfoliating lotion, before applying a base coat which will help hydrate and protect nails.

After waiting at least two minutes, apply two thin layers of nail polish, waiting between each coat for nails to fully dry. Finish off with a clear topcoat to seal in shine and protect from chips, being sure to give nails enough time to dry completely.

Avoid drying nails with hot air from your blow dryer. If you must dry quickly, use the dryer’s cool setting, or stick your hands in a bowl of ice, which helps harden and seal polish rapidly.