7 of the Most Common Manicure Mistakes
We all make mistakes, even with our nails. However, there are a few that are more commonly made than others.
Not all of us are nail techs so it’s fair to say we’ll make mistakes in our at-home manicures. Luckily it’s difficult to do too much damage to nails & much of our advice for the mistakes below is easy preventative care.
During cold winter months it’s often difficult to keep hands healthy, but most of these mistakes are easy to remedy.
1. Lazy Lacquer
Leaving polish on too long is a problem even if it doesn’t chip. Often it is the cause of nail discolouration, which isn’t going to make you sick, but is a clear warning from your body. Be sure to use a remover that is as close to nature as possible. Try Suncoat’s Biodegradable Remover or Mavala’s Mild Remover.
2. Dying of Thirst
Let’s face it, your hands have it pretty rough, they have to do absolutely everything. So it’s fair to say they deserve to be constantly moisturised & pampered. This is perhaps the simplest way to make manicures easier & keep hands healthy. Whatever kind of moisture you like is the best moisture, try Mavala’s Extreme Cream, John Masters Organic Body Milk, Golden Silk Camellia Oil or Erica-Renée’s Organic Shea Butter.
3. Obsessive Nitpicking
Healthy hands & nail require no manuel labor to keep trim, there is no reason to push or shove your cuticles. Good tools and a great cuticle oil are your best weapons against cracked cuticles. Keep your hands hydrated at all times and carefully trim them (with proper cuticle trimming tools) only when necessary. Try Green Hands Organic Cuticle Oil for moisture & Mavala’s cuticle nippers or cuticle scissors for pro-grade tools.
4. Cutting Trees
Filing in more than one direction is bad news for your nails. You are not cutting trees folks, you are filing your nails…act like it. Keep metal files well away from your nails and even those disposable wooden things aren’t doing you any favours. The best file is a glass file – they never wear out & they are the easiest on your nails. Try Green Hands Glass Files.
5. Neglect is Abuse
Neglecting hang nails can have painful consequences, most importantly being the possibility of infection. Hands encounter a variety of germs and tears in the skin allow them access to your body. Moisturising daily will help prevent cracked skin, but when necessary use the proper tools to trim down problem areas. Try Mavala’s nippers or scissors for pro-grade tools.
6. Hazardous Waste
We are always talking about the chemicals in the cosmetic world and it’s an important issue for us. We try to provide healthier, more ethical options in our store and hope people will buy responsibly. Whatever your manicure ritual, use products as free of harsh chemicals as possible. We offer both water based and vegan polish options to suit healthier lifestyles.
7. No Firm Foundation
If you are going to polish your nails you have to lay down a solid foundation. Make sure they are clean and protected by a base coat. Most base coats moisturise, provide additional UV protection and keep varnish from discolouring nails. Try Mavala’s Barrier Base or a-england’s Knight Basecoat.
Doing it Right
We can all agree that it’s not worth doing something unless you do it right. Hopefully these quick tips for common mistakes will help you up your game and give yourself the best manicures ever.