I’ve bitten my nails for as long as I can remember and I vowed to myself a little while ago that i’d take care of them and grow long, healthy and 100% natural nails. I now get to enjoy painting them and resting assured that they wont break on me when I open my curtains! I tend to do this exact routine every 3-4 weeks but it’s all down to time and my schedule really… I only use two things; my Nail Buffer Block and Sally Hansen Hard as Nails. I purchased them from Boots but they can be found anywhere…. just remember excessive buffing and shining can weaken your nails over time! I tend to do step 1 & 5 every week however everything else I do every 3-4 weeks.
Step 1: Filing the nail edge.
I tend to file my nails into a rounded shape from the edge to the centre of the nail as I find it works better for me than going back and forth. I try to get them as smooth as possible so they don’t get caught in net curtains or on my clothes or in my hair and end up chipping!
Step 2: Removing any ridges.
Buffing my nails or “removing any ridges” is what gets the surface feeling all levelled. Sometimes my nail peel after a little while, this helps solve that problem.
Step 3: Smoothing the nail surface.
After buffing, it’s only right that one smooths the nail surface and removes all the excess dusty crap.
Step 4: Shine Nails.
Just a quick polish to finish off and make them look manicured…
Step 5: Sally Hansen “Hard as Nails”.
Finally, to finish them off or as a nice base coat before I add any colour, I use two coats of Sally Hansen’s stuff. It’s actually a little bottle of miracle and it’s what keeps my nails tough and my nail varnishes long-lasting!
Sooo, after a few weeks, this is what they look like in better lighting…