On the wedding day, the bride's hands will be on show probably more than at any other time in her life. People will want to look and admire the wedding ring, the bouquet, & think of all those photographs that will show the hands! While the hands are going to be on show, the 1st thing that will stand out more will be the nails. We are delighted to have Mia Cyanite - The Nailista, to share with us about basic nail care, suitable not only for brides but for everybody. The 10 daily nail care basics are written 1st hand by herself, enjoy reading!
Everyone desires healthy and beautiful nails. Our hands come in direct contact with many things everyday; dishwashing, cooking, gardening, sewing, baking and many others. Not all of us are blessed with commercial advertisements' hands and fingers that we see on TV and magazines however, it is possible to have healthy looking hands with proper care and maintenance right at home! As a professional in the nail care industry with many years of experience, I have personally tried and tested these methods, as I am very conscious about beauty with cruelty-free. Here are the tips that I am going to share with you:
1) Before you put that polish on your fingers, make sure you wipe your nails with alcohol wipes to remove the debris and natural oil your nails. This is the most important step to ensure that your colour lasts longer.
2) To avoid brittle nails, soak your fingers in a bowl and feet in a basin with saltwater twice a week. Add 4 table spoons of salt and 1 litre of water and soak for it for 15 mins. Saltwater is one of the natural antibacterial agent, so you need not have to worry of any side effects. Dry your hands/feet and apply cuticle softener on your nails.
3) Dark coloured varnishes tend to make your nails turn yellow and dull after quite some time, so buff a little bit and give them a chamomile bath. You could use chamomile tea mixed with lemon juice and just dip your fingers in for about 15 to 20 mins.
4) Dry and wrinkly hands? No problem! A little bit of olive oil and 3 drops of lavender essential oil usually does wonders. Do it every night before sleep so you need not have to touch anything.
5) Never, ever, ever, ever, EVER use metal nail files when filing your nails. This is so damaging to your nail plates and whoever invented that metal nail file must have been a blacksmith. Always remember to file your nails in 1 direction, not back and forth.
6) Do not skip base coat application as not only it protects your nails, but it also helps to adhere your nail colour for an extra wear. 2 coats of your desired colour and top it with a quick dry top coat from Seche Vite (this is the best top coat most nail technicians have sworn and I have been using it since the start of my career in this industry. Best of all, it is also not tested on animals!). Remember to apply the colours in thin layers as it will not be too thick and less likely to chip fast.
7) For brides who are not putting on any nail varnish for their weddings, I would strongly suggest you get a manicure 1 day before that henna application. Tell your manicurist that you do not require buff and shine. Buff and shine hinders the stain to last on your nails. My clients gave me a feedback that a mani and pedi before their henna application actually allows their henna stains to last longer and appear more brighter. This is because the exfoliation during the pedicure takes away the dead skin.
8) For those who are not willing to spend so much money or just another vegan beauty freak like me, I would definitely recommend you to make your own scrub. You could use sugar, mixed with honey and a little bit of olive oil.
9) So after you are done scrubbing, you may opt for a brightening mask by mashing 1 ripe bananas, 1 teaspoon orange juice and 1 teaspoon of natural yoghurt. Leave it on for 20 mins and rinse off with warm water. Now you may finish off with your favourite moisturiser!
10) Give your nails a break from all that varnishing for at least 1 week before the next round of polishing. Your nails need to breathe as well. For a clean and healthy look, you could buff and shine your nails with a buff shine block from The Body Shop.
**This article was previously posted in our old site.