Over the past few years, SNS and shellac nails have become one of the biggest beauty trends and style staples on the catwalk and sidewalk alike. While we love a long, statement nail as much as the next beauty enthusiast, it’s no secret that salon nail treatments can leave nails brittle and weak, and in need of some serious TLC.
Thankfully, there’s a way to achieve a glossy, salon-quality manicure at home - without the nasty side effects. As a bonus, doing your own nails as part of an at home spa day allows you to choose ethical nail polish and nail treatments, resulting in a cruelty-manicure you can wear with pride. What’s not to love? Read on to learn how to get a professional quality manicure at home now!
1. Start with a nail treatment
Long and strong nails start with a healthy base. To stop brittle and dry nails in their tracks, paint a few coats of our Let it Grow Nail Growth Serum onto clean, dry nails, avoiding the cuticle area. Enriched with moisturising Vitamin E, this nail serum protects your nails from dryness and damage and encourages growth. Plus, its formula is 10-Free, meaning it doesn’t contain 10 harmful chemicals found in many conventional nail polishes, such as formaldehyde camphor, and xylene. After 7 days, remove the serum with our acetone-free nail polish remover.
For best results, pair Let it Grow with our Acai Oil-infused Harden Up Nail Strengthener. Just a few coats of this 10-Free formula can protect your nails from dehydration and keep them in tip-top conditions between manicures.
2. Soften your cuticles
Once you’re ready for a fresh cruelty-free manicure, prep and protect your nails by massaging our Soften Up Cuticle Oil into the delicate area around your nail bed. With Sweet Almond, Avocado, Jojoba, Argan, and Macadamia Oils and Vitamin E, it’s the best oil for nails and cuticles that are dry or brittle.
Top Tip: If you’ve ever asked yourself, “Do you apply cuticle oil before or after polish?”, the answer is: Both! Once your manicure has dried, finish off with a drop of cuticle oil for extra shine.
3. Nail your base layer
Whether you’re doing a classic French tip manicure or going for a statement shape, all good manicures have one thing in common: A good base coat. The best base coat nail polish will create a smooth foundation for your manicure and protect your nails and nail beds against damage.
For a streak-free finish and healthy nail beds, reach for our Back to Basics Base Coat and paint on a thin layer with our precision tapered brush. Like all our cruelty-free nail polishes, it features a 10-Free formula that’s free of any nasties - meaning you don’t have to worry about inhaling any potentially toxic fumes!
4. Add lasting gloss
After you’ve given your base coat a minute or two to dry, it’s time to get to the fun part: Choosing your favourite shade of our Infinite Gloss Longwear Nail Polish. WIth a longwearing, chip-resistant 10-Free formula and 20 highly pigmented colours, it’s the best cruelty-free nail polish for girls who like to shake up their look.
For the perfect DIY manicure, use the precision-tip tapered brush to apply a single coat of colour to your entire nail. Once the polish has dried completely, dial up the drama with our high-shine Top It Off Glossy Top Coat. This final coat will make your manicure even more vibrant, and provide much-needed protection from chipping and peeling.
5. Use an acetone-free nail polish remover
All good things must come to an end, and cruelty-free manicures are no exception. Once your manicure has run its course or you’re ready for a fresh look, remove your polish with our convenient, acetone-free Twist N Go Nail Polish Remover.
To use this handy instant nail polish remover, simply remove the cap, insert your finger into the top of the bottle, and twist! The sponge inside the bottle gently removes all traces of polish without stripping away moisture, while Royal Jelly, Green Tea Extract, and VItamin C & E nourish and soften your nail and nail bed.
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Nail your next cruelty-free manicure
Healthy, long, and strong nails require more than just a good manicure every now and then. For thick and fast-growing nails that look perfect with every polish, maintaining a regular nail care routine is essential. By following the five easy steps above, you can keep your nails in top condition and help them recover quickly from the effects of a salon manicure.
Ready to put our ethical nail polishes to the test? Shop our range of cruelty-free nail polishes & treatments now, and enjoy free standard shipping on all orders over $60!