Top 5 Nail Hacks Every Woman Needs to Know
Aug. 9, 2020
We all experience nail struggles at some point in our lives. From a broken nail, impossible-to-remove nail lacquer, discolored nails, the list goes on. Caring for natural nails can sometimes take a little extra effort to keep them comfortable, healthy, and looking their best.
The bright side: There are plenty of DIY and at-home nail care remedies to solve even the peskiest nail problems. We're taking a look at some of the most common nail woes and giving you tips and tricks to deal with even the most annoying nail situations.
Here are our top tips to keep nails healthy and in flawless condition.
Problem #1: Discolored nail plates
Have you ever noticed your nails have a yellow hue to them? Especially after you've worn your favorite deep red polish or another dark color? Nail staining happens, and it's nothing to be worried about. To get your nails back to their natural shade, follow the steps below.
Baking soda rub:
- Head into your mom's baking pantry and 'borrow' some of her baking soda.
- Mix 1/2 tbsp of hydrogen peroxide and one tbsp of baking soda in a small bowl.
- Use an old toothbrush to apply the mixture on your nails and let it sit for 3 minutes.
- Rise and repeat once per day until your natural nails are back to their original color.
When to be concerned about discolored nails?
If your nails are just slightly different from their natural colors, don't fret, but if your nails become deep yellow or bright white - it may be a sign of a fungus.
Problem #2: Nail polish won't come off
If you've ever used a glitter polish, you'll know the struggle. While we're not sure what they put in glitter formulas, we can agree that it's a pain to get those tiny sparkles off.
Once your festive glitter mani is starting to look less fab and more drab, use this method to remove it without leaving your hands looking like a disco ball.
How to remove glitter polish:
- Tear up ten small (nail sized) pieces of cotton balls.
- Soak each ball in nail polish remover.
- Place one soaked cotton ball on each nail and press it down to cover your entire nail bed.
- Leave it on for two to three minutes and wipe away the now softer glitter polish.
Problem #3: Thick and gloopy nail polish
Don't throw away your nail polishes that turned thick. It happens to most polishes after time. Air seeps in, and polish becomes a gooey, sticky mess. But there is a way to fix it.
The solution: Invest in some nail polish thinner. Apply a couple of drops to nail polish that's gone dry or gluey, and it will get it back to a better, thinner consistency. This little hack will save you money in the long run too. No more tossing old polishes!
Problem #4: Dry cuticles
If you have dry or dead skin around your nails, your at-home mani will never come out the way you want it. To get rid of the dry skin around your nails, try this DIY hand exfoliator.
How to make it:
- Mix one teaspoon of sugar with one tablespoon of warm coconut oil.
- Gently massage the mixture into your nails and wash off with warm water and soap.
- For best results, give your cuticles a good scrub at least twice a month.
Problem #5: A broken nail
Ah, the ever-dreaded broken nail. The next time you catch your fingernail on something, don't freak out, it's easily fixed with a nail file, buffer, tweezers, nail glue, and a tea bag - yep, we said a tea bag.
How to fix a broken nail:
- Pour out the tea from the tea bag.
- Tear a piece of the empty tea bag that's big enough to cover your break.
- Drop a small dot of nail glue over the break and use tweezers to set and press the tea bag patch down gently. You'll see the tea bag get absorbed by the glue - that's good! This will form a bond over the break.
- Once the glue dries, gently buff over the tea patch's edges to blend it into the nail.
- To conceal the DIY patch, paint your nails as usual: base coat, two coats of color, and a glossy top coat.
Wednesday Wellness 🙏🏾
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We’ll Miss You!
To our cherie fam who has inspired us deeply over the last year and a half: thank you. We are so grateful to have been a part of your beauty journeys and the community you created with us was nothing short of amazing. It's with sadness that we announce that cherie will be closing our doors on April 8, 2021, and your posts will no longer be available. While our platform will no longer be available, we encourage our community members to continue finding ways to create and allow their authentic voices to be heard.
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