There is something so fun and special about getting your nails done. Even if you do it for yourself at home, it’s such a nice way to treat yourself. As I talked about here and here, using all-natural products is a non-negotiable for me. For about a year after I switched to clean alternatives I never did my nails because I felt like it was impossible to give myself a manicure without conventional products, but alas, it’s not true! Lucky for you, i’ll tell you how I do it so you can have pretty paws in no time :)
Step 1: Gather your materials and lay out a towel so you don’t get nail polish all over your pretty tablecloth (seems simple but I always forget to do this and then spill nail polish everywhere!). I really like Burt’s Bees products for doing my nails; they’re really rich and luxurious and they smell delicious! Pictured: Burt’s Bees Shea Butter Hand Cream, Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme, and Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. You don’t need all of these, even just one would work! I got the whole set for Christmas. You will also need:
*Bowl of warm water
*Sweet Almond oil, Jojoba oil, or any moisturizing oil of your choice. Olive oil works great, too!
*Cotton balls or paper towel
* 2 Tbs Sugar
*All-natural nail polish of your choice (examples listed below)
Step 2: Clip nails. I usually like to trim my nails fairly short, but the length is up to you!
Step 3: File nails. While you’re filing, stroke in all one direction to prevent catching.
Step 4: Pour about 10 drops of oil into the warm water, and soak your hands for about 5 minutes. Relax!
Step 5: Exfoliate. Put sugar in palms and add a couple more drops of oil, then gently scrub mixture over your hands. This makes your hands sooo soft! Afterwards, wash your hands with an all-natural, gentle soap like Dr. Bronner’s.
Step 6: Moisturize. Don’t forget to rub the cream into your cuticles, and gently push them back. Step 7: Spray witch hazel on your nails and wipe off with a clean cotton ball or paper towel. Make sure to get all hand cream off your nails so the nail polish sticks.
Step 8: Paint! Choose your favorite all-natural nail polish and have fun! I love RGB, but there are other great alternatives out there! I’ve been wanting to try these fun colors! I usually do 2 coats, and wait about 3-5 minutes between the first and second. Make sure you leave time for the polish to dry! Kick your feet up and relax, that’s the whole point of this :) And there you go! A clean, all-natural manicure that looks just as pretty as the conventional version! I love finding clean alternatives for my favorite beauty routines. Do you do manicures at home? Would you be open to cleaning up your routine?