Regular manicures don’t have to be a pricey treat when done yourself.
Here are step-by-step directions to get you started along with a collection of tricks at the bottom of the page.
- Remove old polish using remover.
- Rest fingers in a dish of warm soapy water for about 10 minutes. For a gentle recipe, see below.
- Use a soft brush and clean under fingernails.
- Massage hands and cuticles with a favorite moisturizer.
- Push back cuticles with a cotton tipped stick.
- File fingernails into shape, keeping them all the same length.
- Finish off with a favorite color.
1/4 cup honey
2 TBS liquid hand soap
1 TBS olive oil
- Mix all ingredients well and store in an airtight container. Add half of mixture to a small bowl then add warm water, stirring until well mixed. Soak hands.
- Makes enough for two treatments.
1 tsp Olive Oil or Jojoba Oil
1 tsp Vitamin E (oil)
- Mix together then gently massage into cuticles.
1 TBS Hydrogen Peroxide
1 cup warm water
- Dip fingers in mixture for 15 minutes two times a week until nails are white and then once a week to maintain.
First Published: February 9, 2007, moved here for better organization
Kate sent this in wondering if it was true, it’s an old clipping she found in her aunt’s binder:
Just pick a favorite drink and stir in Knox Gelatine
Brittle fingernails? Correct them the one way published medical research proved effective . . .
Drink one envelope of Knox Gelatine each day in fruit or vegetable juice, bouillon or water.
Published clinical studies show how with this Knox Drink at least 7 out of 10 women restored brittle nails to normal condition within 90 days.
I have notes that say eating lots of Jello helps or drinking Knox daily will help, but never posted that here on Tipnut after I did a bit of research and found this on Wikipedia:
For decades, gelatin has been touted as a good source of protein. It has also been said to strengthen nails and hair. However, there is little scientific evidence to support such an assertion, one which may be traced back to Knox’s revolutionary marketing techniques of the 1890s, when it was advertised that gelatin contains protein and that lack of protein causes dry, deformed nails. In fact, the human body itself produces abundant amounts of the proteins found in gelatin. Furthermore, dry nails are usually due to a lack of moisture, not protein.
So it looks like the answer to the question is: Nope, gelatin does not help them grow or grow stronger/healthier.
Toothpaste Trick: Yellowing a problem? Try scrubbing with whitening toothpaste and a brush.
Removing Polish: In 5 minutes or less! A step-by-step tutorial.
Smudge Proof: Lightly mist a fresh coat with cooking spray.
Clever Technique: A clever way to do artistic designs.
Clean Up In 6 Easy Steps: A technique using a small paint brush and acetone.
Moisturizing Remover: Here’s a recipe using acetone and glycerin.
Professional Secrets: Here’s a tutorial showing how to give yourself a professional looking manicure.