Nail Shape Tips- Take a close look at your fingernails. Are they strong and healthy looking? Or do you see ridges, dents, or areas of unusual color or shape? Many less-than-desirable nail conditions can be avoided through proper fingernail care. Others might indicate an underlying condition that needs attention. So Do you want to know how to file and shape your natural nails like a pro? Well, believe it or not, there is a little “science” to it. Today I gonna tell you some easy steps to do salon-style nail shade just in a few minutes at home.
First, you have to choose which kind of nail shape you want for your nails.
Choosing a nail shape-
Your nails have a natural shape that’s largely genetic, and it’s typically either round or square. The shape of your cuticle and nail bed usually determines the natural shape of your nail. It can be most flattering and easy to maintain if you work with your natural shape. When trying a new nail style. It’s best to leave the shaping to a professional nail technician. It’s not recommended that you remove the cuticle on toenails or fingernails.
Below are several popular nail shapes:
Almond. Almond nails resemble, you guessed it, almonds, with tapered sides that meet at a rounded peak.
Round. Round nails resemble the tip of the fingernail and are a common natural shape. Typically, the sides are filed straight and also then lead into a semicircle tip.
Square. Square nails are flat across the top with straight, sharp corners. These work best on shorter nails or nails that are naturally square or rectangular in shape.
Coffin. Coffin nails are filed to get narrower as they move away from the nail bed, then come to a blunt square point at the tip. The shape resembles a coffin, but it’s also sometimes called “ballerina” because it looks like the square toe of a ballet shoe.
Squoval. Squoval (squared oval) nails are similar to square nails, except the edges are slightly rounded to create a softer, more oval shape.
Stiletto. Stiletto nails are similar to almonds, though they come to a sharper point at the tip. The shape is filed into a sharp point and is usually worn long, though a shorter version of the stiletto is sometimes called a “mountain peak.”
How to shape your own natural nails at home-
REMOVE OLD POLISH-
Take off any old polish with the least toxic nail polish remover you can find (no acetone!). I like either Karma Naturals. This requires a little extra scrubbing (especially for glitter polish). But are not as chemical-heavy as a traditional polish remover.
Soak Your nails –
Next, it’s time to soak those fingers and get everything nice and soft. Prepare an herbal manicure soak recipe to strengthen your nails and help soften your cuticles. For this recipe.
you’ll need- hot water, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of lavender buds, ½ teaspoon of fresh or dried rosemary leaves, and 4 drops of vitamin E oil (optional).
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl or dish that is large enough for both of your hands to be mostly submerged.
- Let herby water steep for 10-15 minutes, or until cool enough for your hands (but still warm)
- Soak in warm water for at least 5 minutes (longer if you have it).
- Turn on an audiobook or your favorite podcast and just relax.
- Keep a towel close by to wipe your hands once your manicure soak is complete.
EXFOLIATE YOUR HANDS
After you’ve soaked your hands, it’s time to exfoliate any dead or dull skin. Skin is nice and supple after an herbal soak, so it’s the perfect time to exfoliate.
You can even do this homemade hand scrub right over the bowl you used for the nail soak to make life easy.
Gently scrub your hands for a few minutes, rubbing all of the oils into your skin. Rinse clean with warm water and pat dry.
NATURAL CUTICLE CARE-
Next, it’s time to moisturize and care for your cuticles. I love to use homemade cuticle oil for this, and it works so well my cuticles don’t need much else. I prefer not to push or cut my cuticles and find if I use this cuticle oil regularly, I don’t need to. Feel free to rub this oil on the rest of your hands too if they need extra nourishment; it’s a great moisturizer. This cuticle oil recipe is nourishing and helps to strengthen nails, so you can add this to your nightly routine and your nails will look amazing.
TRIM, BUFF, AND SHAPE NAILS-
It’s time to clean up those nails with a quick trim, shaping, and also buffing.
Buffing your nails is a great way to keep them looking healthy and shiny. It removed excess oil buildup and also increases circulation, making nails look naturally shiny.
So if you’re going for a completely natural manicure with no polish. Buffing is a crucial step to that perfect manicured look.
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