Manicure and Pedicure: 5 simple Steps to Beautiful and Healthy Nails
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Manicure and Pedicure: ‘5’ Simple Steps to Beautiful and Healthy Nails

Merriam Webster defines Manicure and Pedicure as, treatments for the care of the hands and fingernails; toenails, toes, and feet.

Since you believe these treatments are very essential, what are your goals and intentions for making your nails undergo them?

Your answer would definitely be, “to beautify and keep my nails healthy.”

Really, healthy! and your techniques are filled with the application of products that are known to be unhealthy for your nails.

It’s okay, we all are guilty of doing things that contradict themselves in one way or the other.

However, do not forget that, although humans are imperfect, it is also part of our nature to keep striving towards perfection.

In order to be able to achieve your goals “Beauty and Health” without you compromising one for the other, I have put together this 5 simple steps to beautiful and healthy nails below.

Note: You can skip step one if you do not use nail polish.

 

Step 1.Prep Nails

Prep Nails For A Fresh Start: If your nails are still covered with an old polish, the first thing to do is use a nail polish remover to prepare them for a fresh start.

Avoid using the ones containing acetone–a very strong solvent for removing nail polish but can also be very irritating to the skin.

To be safe, you should opt for organic nail polish removers considering they are usually free of toxic ingredients. Even better, make yours with ingredients you can find in your kitchen; vinegar and lemon/lime.

 

Step 2.

Trim Nails: Clip those nails to prevent them from harbouring germs and dirt, then file them into shape.Trim Nails

This got me curious, do you usually file your nails in opposite direction? Wrong! You’ve been doing it wrong. Now let me tell you the right way to do it.

To file your nails, you place and tilt the file just below the nails, and towards only one direction, from one edge towards the centre, then to the other.

 

Step 3.

Soak Nails and Exfoliate Hands & Feet: This is my favourite step among the manicure and pedicure steps. Why? because it gives more room for creativity than the other steps. Here are some great ideas of what to soak your nails in:

  • A handful of rose petals in a bowl of water,
  • A honey and milk solution,
  • Few drops of your favourite oil in a bowl of warm water,
  • A mixture of your favourite organic shower gel and water,
  • A mixture of lemon juice and water, or
  • A solution of Epsom salt and water.

Soaking should be for about 2 to 3 minutes. Thereafter, you gently exfoliate your hands and feet with a scrub of your choice, to remove the dead skin cells.

Step 4.

Polish Nails
Nail buffers on white isolated background

Polish Nails: In this step, you are going to use a polishing tool called “Buffer.” It is a tool that is used for polishing the nails. It comes with different sides for achieving different effects on the nails.

You firstly use the fine grit side to clean off the stubborn stains, the ‘finer smooth’ side for some minutes to smoothen out the surface of the nails, and the silky smooth side of the buffer to achieve a natural shine and glossy look.

Since the aim of this manicure and pedicure treatment is to achieve both beautiful and “healthy finish,” the use of the conventional nail polish is strictly restricted. In fact, there is beauty in simplicity, and you’re going to love the stunning look of your nails from the buff.

 

Step 5.Moisturizer

Moisturize Nails: As the saying; “anything that has a beginning must have an end,” the end of these treatments is moisturizing your hands, fingernails, feet and toes.

Choose an organic hand moisturizer that would keep your nails strong, healthy, and hydrated.

Gently massage your fingers and toes while applying the moisturizer.

 

Additional Tips for Maintaining Healthy Nails, Hands & Feet

Aside from your occasional nails treatment, here are some other tips to keep them looking and feeling healthy.

  • Protect your nails and hands by using gloves when doing household chores.
  • Keep your nails off your mouth, they aren’t snacks for you to bite on.
  • Moisturize your nails, hands and feet often, not just on days you do your treatments.
  • Clean your tools after each use.
  • Eat a balanced diet meal.
  • Keep to a healthy manicure and pedicure treatments when you feel like beautifying your nails.
  • Wear comfortable foot wears. Don’t hurt your feet and nails because you want to look outstanding.
  • Avoid smoking. You shouldn’t risk or ruin your overall health in order to fulfil your pleasure.
  • Include your wrists and fingers exercise in your everyday activities. And do not over stress them.

 

“My belief is that we were put into this world of wonders and beauty with a special ability to appreciate them, in some cases to have the fun of taking a hand in developing them, and also in being able to help other people instead of overreaching them and, through it all, to enjoy life – that is, to be happy.” Robert Baden-Powell

 

Throughout this article, you have learnt some very simple and easy steps to care for your nails. I hope you would utilize, and find them helpful.

 

“By working together to keep health at the centre of our focus, as well as the national conversation, we can create the safe communities we all want and deserve.” Mike Quigley

 

Remember to also share your knowledge with others. It always feels good to connect and know more about one’s community. Write a comment to tell us what your “Manicure and Pedicure” treatments entail.

 

 

 

 

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31 Comments

  1. I love this because it seems as this can be done from home! I will def push this to my mom and cousin as they always go into the sop and probably spend more than using these steps at home.

    1. Tohin says:

      Absolutely, it can be done at home.
      In fact, this was posted so people would see and know how easy it is to do a manicure and pedicure and still achieve a professional and beautiful look, just at the comfort of their homes.
      And I believe your Mom and Cousin would love and have fun with it.

  2. Crystal Lim says:

    Aww, what a luxurious night it will be if I am able to spend some time to tidy up my nails!

    I am a person who loves all kind of natural treatments to myself, that’s why I fall in love at the first sight on your website! (And, I actually hate applying nail varnish, haha!)

    I think these natural treatments for nails are amazing! Would try these things tonight!

    1. Tohin says:

      Oops, awesome!
      It’s so good to hear that you will be trying this out tonight…
      It is definitely going to be a Luxury night indeed (hahaha!)

      Have fun.
      Tohin

  3. Fortune says:

    Thanks for sharing this review on manicure and pedicure. I really like giving my nails a nice shape and make it look beautiful and to look healthy. I do soak my nails and feet into water to soften nails. I will follow up with your steps to have a nice pedicure. Your article is helpful. Thanks for sharing this article. 

    1. Tohin says:

      Glad it helped, Fortune!

  4. Olanike says:

    Thanks for the information. As a woman pedicure and manicure is part of our body upkeep. This post will really cut my cost of found this as I spend some good money on my nails periodically.

    Since this is a home DIY  method I really appreciate it and I will surely start using it from my next session. Thanks God bless you.

    1. Tohin says:

      It’s good you found it helpful, Olanike.

      Remain blessed and glorious!
      Tohin

  5. ajibola40 says:

    Thanks for writing this article on manicure and pedicure and the step to have beautiful and healthy nails.taking care of nails vary from one person to another. Some set of people thinks that is only female that should always take care of there nails.since they are the ones that like to beautify there themselves. But in my own opinion both male and female should be taking care of there nails for a healthy living. I do engage in some of the steps in this article and I hope many make use of this steps in other to have a healthy nails

    1. Tohin says:

      Right, Ajibola, You’re so right! Beauty is for both men and women. Of course they both you always consider taking very good care of themselves.

      Thank you for adding your opinion!

  6. Fasuan says:

    Great content, I really enjoyed every bit of it. I’ve been asked once by friends about how long it should take to get a new set of nails. My recommendation was when there are air pockets (cloudy looking) in the acrylic or when the natural nails pull away from the acrylic’s underside. Air pockets indicate that the acrylic is not adhering to the nail bed. My personal question is, assuming none of these happened, what is the duration required to change the nail? 

    1. Tohin says:

      What an engaging comment you have written. It is well detailed and provides the necessary explanations to the topic.

      Now to your question, professional manicurists believe acrylics you should maintain daily, but should or must be renewed every two weeks. This is because that is the maximum period they are designated to last for.

      I hope this answered your question!

  7. Froy says:

    The site is rich of content and is pretty straight forward. Does not look cluttered and has an over all simplistic / minimalist look. It has all the essentials like links for social media and such. The categories are full of value and it targeted what the site is all about.

    1. Tohin says:

      As much as I love to read my visitors’ comments, I do appreciate their feedback in a similar way.

      Thanks for providing such thoughtful feedback on my overall site design. It is appreciated!

  8. Lok Which says:

    Its been long since I have tidy up my nails and if I spend some time over the night  following your guidelines and this article , I’m trying to imagine how nice my nails will turn out to be . I nee to share this article to my sister who has a nice nails and following this will make it look more beautiful. Thanks for sharing this information.

    1. Tohin says:

      I also could imagine how lovely those nails of yours would look after giving it some time, love, and care.
      Trust me, your sister would also take her nails to a different level in terms of beauty and health!

      Cheers to that!
      Tohin

  9. Peace says:

    I have vinegar and lemon, but I didn’t know they could serve as nail polish remover. Thanks for the hack. I’d be sure to use that shortly. I always have a challenge me either being out of supply or having doubts me using the normal nail polish remover because of its strong chemical effect on my nails, fingers and toes.

    I usually go to the salon to get my pedicure and manicure done, but now that I have learned simple ways of doing it, I would do it myself this time.

    1. Tohin says:

      Yeah! No better way to do some things than opting for those fun DIY hacks. Go for it girl, your nails would thank you afterward!

  10. Dave Sweney says:

    In reading through your 5 simple steps to beautiful and healthy nails, I could not help but think back to the last time I bit the bullet and had a pedicure and manicure. Every once in a while, it is nice to pamper yourself, even if you are a man, as I am. I like the care and attention and feel better after having this treatment.

    You laid the steps clearly out for us, and I am thinking whether these were followed during my last treatment. I believe so, and the topping on the cake for me was having some mood music and green tea with candles while getting the treatment. Of course, this all came at a pretty high cost.

    With the directions you have supplied, I think this can be done from home, and minus the attendants it will be every bit as effective and enjoyable an experience. I have passed on this article to my wife and will ask her if we might try this at home for one another (I will not be as good as the professionals, but I can fake it!).

    Thanks for the clear steps and also thanks for prompting me to do this. It could turn out to be more than a pedicure and manicure, and also might require a few extra steps to make it a memorable afternoon. I look forward to this!

    1. Tohin says:

      You can not only fake it, but make it the perfect one!
      Going through the DIY hack with your wife would definiely be a spectacular one, plus some kind of romanticism as well.

      To a more lasting, lovely and healthy relationship with your nails and wife!
      Tohin

  11. Seyi says:

    Firstly, I would like to commend your for this informative article, I have learnt a thing or two here. For me personally, the most I have done in taking care of my nails are cutting it and filing it. I have never really seen the need to do extra or soak them in water but this article just opened my eyes to so much more when it comes to taking care of my nails and this a easy and quick steps I can always do in my home. Thanks for this article.

    1. Tohin says:

      My pleasure, Seyi. Glad you found it useful!

  12. jaykaynigltd says:

    This is a great article; a do it yourself! I love the fact that it can be done at home! I will try it out with my wife as she always go to nail salon and spend some dough! I will be glad to cut down on the money spent on this and do it at home. Besides, doing this together with my wife can create a better bond between us.

    do you think it will be cheaper doing it at home ?

    Thanks for sharing

    1. Tohin says:

      Of course yes, it is much cheaper to do it at home. That’s some of the beauties of DIY hacks, their cost efficiency, and some kind of self-love, and bond strengthening.

      Do have an awesome and evetful time with your wife!

      Much love…
      Tohin

  13. Barrywesley says:

    I will like to commend you for taking out time to really write this great article on manicure and pedicure, five simple steps to beautiful and healthy nails. I know I am guilty of biting my nails especially when I want to play my acoustic guitar, which is not healthy at all… And I am going to bookmark this page because it’s a nice and informative article that my mom and sisters need to read too

    1. Tohin says:

      Your words are just as kind as you are, Barrywesley!
      It is my greatest pleasure to always write contents that delivers value to my audience. And I am glad it served that purpose to you and others.

      Best regards,
      Tohin

  14. Ayockson says:

    Living a health life is very Paramount and essential to everyone. Keeping our nails clean should be number one routine in our daily activities.  Number 2 step is what I do very often, I can do without a nail cutter I used it as my key holder ” lol” that’s to tell you how very important it is to me. Although I’ve not apply the five steps you gave in your article but I’ll definitely give it a try. 

    For a healthy lifestyle is very important you keep your nails as short and clean as possible that help to prevent harbouring germs that cause unnecessary sickness to your health. There is every tendency that allot of sickness many are suffering from is as a result of unclean fingers since 75% of the food we eat on daily basis we use our bare hand to eat.

    Thanks for this great post I’ve learned Allot from it

  15. eightball says:

    Well hello I’m eightball. Never have I ever had an manicure. But the ex-wife had an very unusual way to grow and keep her nails. She bit and chewed them for years. Till one day she wanted her hands to look pretty ( lady like ). She started out with super glue. Well it work for her, besides the 8 to 10 Coates of polish. As you mentioned, the harsh,strong smell of polish remover was unbearable. She sure could have use your suggestions and techniques. Because her hands were so ruff and calloused. But for me I don’t file, sorry, I just grab the clippers and snip them off. Yeah I know ” men” uh. Over all I believe if woman would follow your steps laid out in your web site they would have the most soft and beautiful hands have feet. And a big bonus of awesome nails to be proud of.It shows that you know your niche. Great job

    .                 Eightball 

    .

  16. Henry says:

    Hi! Thank you very much for these useful tips. Yes, we can in ocasions be contradictory. Seeking for health and applying unhealthy products is a good example.

    I hadn’t considered what you have mentioned here about trimming our nails only in one direction, from the edge towards the center. I have been doing it wrong all this time. Thanks.

    Could you mention or point me to a place were I could read about these wrist and fingers exercise you have mentioned? Thanks again.

  17. Fahim1 says:

    Wow,that’s a great idea. It is so helpful for me.I have read yor article about manicure and pedicure.From your this writing I knew about the steps how can we keep clean our nails clean.It’s a health tips for us. I will share about this topics with my friends. Thank you so much.

  18. mhasanalvi says:

    Hi Tohin,

    Thank You very much for sharing such an informative article with all the necessary information about “Manicure and Pedicure: ‘5’ Simple Steps to Beautiful and Healthy Nails”

    Really this is an amazing article.This is a great informative and helpful article for my sister as she spends lots of money in manicure and pedicure.This home DIY method looks like very awesome.If my sister follow your steps definitely she could give a nice shape of her nails.My sister will be very glad to know learn that it can be done from home but also it will be save a lots of money of her.I am going to share this wonderful article with my sisters but also with my friends and relatives so that they can also benefited from this.

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