The girls who get it, get it and the girls that don’t…well, we’re here to inform you about how to care for nails at home! It’s no secret that a sensational set of nails make an unmatched statement. We’ve all been to a nail salon with a #nailspiration image - and for all you know, our tips may have also made it to someone else’s Pinterest board. In the midst of inspiring and getting inspired by all sorts of manicures, it is integral to remember: great nails are not only a result of the best polish and file but also of the right care routine for your nails. Here is your guide on how to care for your nails at home with ease.

The Basics of Nail Care

After all, all the professional procedures can tax your tips a bit. We’re talking, acrylic nails can make your nails weak, brittle and flaky; constant use of gel polishes can turn your nails yellow. And to do away with these probs, and ensure your nails are beautiful on the outside and healthy on the inside, we’re on duty to unveil to you “how to care for your nails.” So, latch on as the steps unfold.

Step-by-Step Guide to Nail Care

Step 1. Hydrate your cuticles

Step 1. Hydrate your cuticles

When hydration is in the picture, never overlook it and always ensure it’s a part of your care routine for your nails….because, at the end of it, healthy cuticles equal healthy nails. This is why, if you catch someone trimming or cutting their cuticles, stop them right there! Why? Because your cuticles act as a protective shield that prevents bacteria from infecting your nails. If ragged cuticles are annoying you, gently push them back with an orange stick (also known as a cuticle pusher). Or fix dry, cracked nails by applying cuticle oil that’ll improve the health and appearance of your nails and cuticles.

The Lakmé Absolute Nourishing Nail Oil contains 6 essential oils – Coconut oil, Sweet Almond oil, Passion fruit oil, Baobab oil, Kurkul oil and Vitamin E, for your nails and cuticles. If you have brittle, dry, and rough nails, a drop of this nourishing oil puts a layer of protection on your nail by moisturising, hydrating, and replenishing it so that you can embrace the splash of colours from the nail paint. You'll see the best results within a week if you apply it every day.

Step 2. Get your hands on a soft nail file

We’ve all seen those tempting commercials online, where sparkly nail files are used against pretty nails. However, don’t be tempted by what meets the eye. Nail filke plays a crucial role in maintaining the shape as well as the health of your nails. Hard nail files can cause the tearing or splitting of nails. Therefore, it’s best to make soft nail files a part of your care routine for your nails at home to get the best finish from your filing. When filing your nails, always remember to start from the outer edge and then move to the centre. Doing so will give you a smoother finish.

Step 3. Use acetone-free nail polish removers

Step 2

Looking at chipped nails can be frustrating, we agree! However, it does not mean you pick any old bottle of nail polish remover in order to get rid of your polish. High concentrations of acetone will only dry out your fragile nails. So, pamper your care routine for your nails with the best in the business, the Lakme Nail Color Remover. It removes colour completely and strengthens the nails by preventing excess dryness around the nails. This gentle yet effective formula will help your nail polish with ease without damaging your cuticles.

Step 4. Moisturise your nails

Step 3

Just the way you religiously moisturise your skin every night, similarly, it’s important to moisturise your nails as well. Dry hands can deteriorate the health and strength of your nails. Therefore, to amp up your care routine for your nails, we suggest you get your hands on the Vaseline Rose Water Moisturizing Gel as this non-greasy product will help seal in the moisture and improve the condition of your cuticles. Its gel texture gets absorbed quickly and leaves your hands feeling refreshed and smelling great!

Step 5. Common salt prevents nails from breaking

Apart from a diet rich in vitamins and minerals, there are home remedies that can help grow your nails longer and stronger. One such ingredient is salt. Salt not only strengthens the nails but also prevents them from breaking. All you need to do is mix 2-3 tablespoons of salt in a bowl of warm water and add a few drops of olive oil. Soak your fingers in the mixture for about 15 minutes. You’ll be left with stronger and moisturised nails and cuticles. And voila, you’ve already made your care routine for your nails the best one so far! 

So, what are you waiting for? Chalk out some me time and get pampering or if not, schedule out an in-house spa day with the girls and get all their nails prepped for compliments! 

FAQs about the Full Guide to nail Care

How can I exfoliate my nails to even out the texture?

Exfoliate your nails using a bicarb – lemon mixture (Mix 1 tablespoon baking soda with a few squirts of lemon juice) or you can add water with baking soda (one is to three parts ratio). Using the thumb of your other hand, massage the mixture over your nail surface in a circular motion or you can use a toothbrush. This will smoothen out the bumps.

How do I ensure my nail equipment is always clean? 

You can disinfect your nail care tools monthly with 70 percent or stronger isopropyl alcohol.

What can I add to my diet to ensure better nail health?

Add protein and omega-3 fatty acids to your diet for stronger and longer nails.