The 21-day lockdown imposed by the government to minimise the spread of the infection during the pandemic has set our daily, weekly and monthly schedules for a toss. This includes the monthly mani-pedi sesh we so look forward to *sigh*.

But that’s no excuse to let your nails grow freakishly long or let your nail paints chip away to glory. Na-uh! Now that you’re quarantined at home, we suggest you make use of the free time at hand and show you nails some TLC (‘cause God knows they need it). Wondering where to begin? Here’s a step-by-step nail filing guide that will help you keep your nails looking decent until you can finally visit a salon again.

 

Step 01: Start with washing your hands and nails thoroughly

Step 01: Start with washing your hands and nails thoroughly

In order to avoid an infection, it’s recommended you wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds, minimum. And while you are at it, always clean under your nails as well. This is because your nail bed is usually a hard-to-clean area and more often than not, we tend to completely forget about it while washing our hands. Ensure that you use a moisturising hand wash such as the Lux Magical Spell Hand Wash and gently, yet firmly, scrub your nails as well as the nail bed.

 

Step 02: Sanitize your tools

Step 02: Sanitize your tools

Just like you clean your makeup brushes and other tools, you should do the same for your nail tools too. Make a mixture of lukewarm water and add the same gentle hand wash to it. Stir well and then dip your nail file in it. Leave it in there for about 5 minutes and rinse it under running water. Wipe it dry with a clean cloth.

 

Step 03: Trim your nails

Step 03: Trim your nails

Since you will be doing a lot of chores around the house, it is best to keep your nails short and round. This will prevent any sort of snagging or unecessary breakage, while keeping your nails healthy and strong. Before you start filing, trim your nails to the length that’s most preferable for you.

 

Step 04: Choose the right kind of file

Step 04: Choose the right kind of file

When filing your nails at home, it is really important to use the right kind of nail filer. If you have natural nails, we use a soft file as it will prevent nail damage. But if you have acrylic nail extensions, you can opt for the metal nail file.

 

Step 05: File your nails in one direction

Step 05: File your nails in one direction

Haphazardly filing your nails in a back and forth motion causes a lot of damage to your nails resulting in tearing and splitting. So, what’s the right way to file your nails? Start by filing from the side of your nail to the centre, in one direction. Lift the file and repeat on the other side. Keep doing this until you’ve achieved the desired shape.

 

Step 06: Apply some cuticle oil

Step 06: Apply some cuticle oil

Filing can end up drying the nail bed and cuticles. Hence, you must always hydrate your cuticles using cuticle oil to maintain their health and promote healthy nail growth.

 

Step 07: Finish with some hand cream

Step 07: Finish with some hand cream

Frequent hand washing and sanitising can take a toll on the health of your hands and nails, causing them to turn dry. Therefore, apart from using a moisturising hand wash, it’s also necessary to slather your hands and nails with a generous amount of the Vaseline Intensive Care Healthy Hand Stronger Nails Hand Cream. This will ensure that your hands remain hydrated and your nails, strong AF!