Natural nail manicures and pedicures are popular service that almost every salon offers. The market is saturated with so many lotions, oils, scrubs that have citrus fruit, chocolate, even real flowers. I agree that all this variety is fun, however, no matter what is being used there are still definite rules that should be followed to make manicures last longer than a few days. How to know? Here’s how:
It is really common to see someone nipping, not cutting, at the dead, dry skin around nails taking little off at a time. No one ever thinks that anything is wrong because its painless and looks good afterwards. However, it isn’t that easy. When cutting the cuticles it is really important that the section is in a long clean cut, not picked at. The reason is the skin will react to the little nips like an injury and react by over growing in that spot in order to protect itself. Think about getting a deep paper cut and a day later there is that thick, white scab protecting the cut underneath, same thing can happens to cuticles if they are not cut properly.
Even if the manicurist knows what she is doing, the cuticle trimmers that she is using are really important. The cuticle trimmers are like hair shears, they should be made of stainless steel, expensive, shiney stainless steel. The better the metal, the longer the blade will stay sharp and make the best cut. Really good cuticle trimmers will be treated with a lot of care, like in a seperate drawer or wrapped up, anything to keep them from bumping into something that could damage the blade. If they are kept in a drawer with other tools and files, where they can be easily damaged, then they are really cheap.
Filing natural nails
Everyone files their nails. Sometimes the length is perfect, but the edge has gotten a little rough, so the pull out a cheap nail file and start to saw their nail back and forth until it is smooth and shaped correctly. A professional should never, ever saw back and forth on natural nails. The friction between the grain on the file and the thin nail causes nail fibers to fray. Just like sandpaper on wood to smooth, using high grit file is best on natural nails. Same for filing heels in the back of feet, start with the low grit side the get rid of the dead skin then smooth in the high grit side to finish.
Here are a couple other things to remember at home for in between:
Well moisturized nails grow the best and brittle nails beak and fray. Buy a good cuticle oil and rub into your nails, even your toenails, before you go to sleep. Do this in addition to using a good lotion regularly.
Invest in a really good lotion and oil. The reason why some lotions and oils are expensive is because they are diluted the petroleum, which prevents the product from absorbing into skin. Only a drop on each nail is necessary.
If your heels and cuticles are really rough try Neosporin. You can still trim and file them, then apply Neosporin. It is really moisturizing and will help the skin heal better.