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Home Manicure Tips: How to Polish, File, and Buff Nails Like a Professional Nail Salon

Before Filing or Buffing…..
Before you start filing away at your nails, there are a few things you should do first.
Be sure to remove all old polish with a gentle finger nail polish remover.
After getting rid of the polish, soak your hands in warm soapy water for ten minutes. This will soften your nails and skin to allow you to not only buff your nails better but also remove the unwanted cuticle areas.
(You can make your own homemade hand spa by filling a large bowl with warm water and adding a small amount of scented bath oil to the water). After soaking your hands, be sure to dry them completely.

Buff Nails the Right Way
To begin, grab your nail buffer and file your nails as you normally would (rounded, square or oval). With the roughest side of the buffer, start to buff your nails.
Use a gently side-to-side motion when doing this.
The main purpose of this phase is to smooth out any major ridges your nails may have. Next, use the next roughest side of your buffer and repeat the process. This will further work any ridges out of your nail area.
To finish the buffing phase, utilize the smoothest part of the buffer to polish your nails until they shine.
Be sure not to be too rough when you are using the first few sides of the buffer. These are meant to only be used gently on the nails.

Tips for Professional Salon Results
After you’ve successfully buffed your nails.
Grab your favorite lotion (with or without sun block)
A pair of clean cotton gloves (socks will work if you don’t have gloves).

Lather your hands in the lotion, put them into the gloves and wait for ten minutes. When you pull your hands out, wash and dry them well. You will find they are incredibly natural and soft!
( Be sure to wipe your nails well, apply a top coat of polish and begin painting them in your desired color).
Allow the first coat of polish to set and apply another thin coat. Finish with a top coat and allow it to dry.

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