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We all spend so much time fre­quent­ing our fa­vorite man­i­cure and pedi­cure salons, but it is im­por­tant to have the ap­pro­pri­ate nail care tips in be­tween our next ap­point­ment, as well as to al­low the nail to breathe. This can be done at home or even on your va­ca­tion as we find this to be a re­lax­ing way to en­joy self care.

We got the scoop on tips of how to main­tain our nails from Skyy Hadley, owner of As U Wish Sa­lon. She shared with us how to al­low our man­i­cure to last longer dur­ing the heat wave that we're all en­joy­ing.

TRAN­SI­TION FROM RE­MOV­ING YOUR POL­ISH TO AP­PLY­ING A NEW HUE

• Re­move your pol­ish and let your nails breathe for a good few days. If nails look dis­col­ored, squeeze some lemon into your lo­tion or rub a lemon wedge di­rectly onto the nail to brighten nails.

• Ap­ply a shea but­ter lo­tion or non­greasy cream to lock in mois­ture.

• Be­gin paint­ing! Ap­ply a cu­ti­cle oil such as Sally Hansen Color Ther­apy Nail & Cu­ti­cle Oil to the base of your nails (or even when they are al­ready pol­ished), fo­cus­ing around the cu­ti­cle area to hy­drate and bring mois­ture into the skin, help­ing the pol­ish last longer. This re­stores ra­di­ance to nails and cu­ti­cles and pro­motes strong nails.

SHADES THAT WORK BEST ON FAIR, MEDIUM AND DARK COMPLEXIONS

• Fair skin, use white and blue un­der­tones

• Medium skin, use pink un­der­tones

• Dark skin, al­most use trans­par­ent tones

IS IT SAFE TO CUT CU­TI­CLES

Trim­ming or cut­ting cu­ti­cles dur- ing a man­i­cure is purely cos­metic and some­times doesn’t ben­e­fit the nail in any way. The cu­ti­cle is the bar­rier to pro­tect the sur­round­ing skin and help de­velop the nail free from in­fec­tions. (Bac­te­ria)

HOW CAN ONE TREAT YEL­LOW/WHITE NAILS?

• The most com­mon sug­ges­tion would be to stop us­ing so much dark nail pol­ish. Of course we all love us­ing dark col­ors, but this may cause your nails to be­come dis­col­ored. Sec­ondly, al­ways use a base coat. By us­ing a base coat, you’re ad­ding in a pro­tec­tive layer be­tween your nails and the pol­ish. This will also help to pre­vent stain­ing and can ac­tu­ally help keep your nails health­ier.

HOW TO TREAT INGROWN TOENAILS

• Ingrown toenails can be painful and can eas­ily be­come in­fected. Try soak­ing your foot in warm salt bath wa­ter for 15 min­utes a cou­ple of times ev­ery day. This will help re­lieve pain and swelling. The other thing you could try is gen­tly pulling the skin away from the nail us­ing a small nail file or other blunt de­vice that won’t cut or hurt the toe.

WHAT IS THIS SUM­MER'S NAIL POL­ISH COLOR

• Baby blue, with pink un­der­tone, as well as all nude col­ors.

BEST WAY TO CUT NAILS

• The best way to cut your nails is to make sure you clean un­der the nail oth­er­wise bac­te­ria could form. Use fin­ger­nail clip­pers for your fingers, and use toe­nail clip­pers for your toes. If you are un­sure of what shape your nails should have, just look at your cu­ti­cles. The U-shape of the cu­ti­cle should be re­flected (up­side down) by the top of your nail. The pri­mary goal is to mir­ror the shape.

YOUR NAIL KIT | TWEEZERMAN Mini Nail Res­cue Kit | JANE IREDALE HandDrink | SALLY HANSEN Cu­ti­cle Oil |

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