Women like to get their hair done, nails, pedicures, facials, etc. Salon’s usually charge outrageous prices or there just is no time to fit in an hour for one of these treats.
Recently, I priced a manicure at a local beauty salon and it was $15.00. Depending on how often a manicure is needed this could total close to $60.00 per month if done on a weekly basis.
What can you do with $60.00 a month besides get your nails done? Add it to the gas budget, grocery budget, or another great idea is to save it for the future. This would add up to $720 dollars per year! That could definitely be used toward college, paying off debt, or a family vacation.
Easy steps to give yourself a manicure:
This video was found on youtube under “Manicures”. I do not have a name to give credit to this person but it was a very informational video.
Set aside the time when you won’t be disturbed by kids or other interruptions. This process usually takes about 30 min.
GATHER ALL PRODUCTS
Step one is to gather all of your necessary items so that they are in one place.
You will need:
After assembling all of the products the first objective is to remove old nail polish. Make sure that it is all removed and no nail polish remains on the nail. Then cut and file each nail to look how you want. Either a round shape, or square shape. After shaping the nails the next step is to buff your nails. This can be done with a pad type buffer. It can usually be found in drugstores in the nail aisle. I personally like the square ones because they are easier to hold.
Once the nails are buffed to smooth perfection move on to the next step which is soak nails in a small amount of dish soap and water for about 5 min. This softens the cuticles. Using a cuticle stick gently push back the cuticles. DO NOT CUT THEM!
Apply a cuticle cream and make sure that it is rubbed in properly. If the nail is greasy it takes longer for the polish to dry. One final step to accomplish before painting is the application of hand cream. Again, do not choose anything to greasy.
As you begin to polish your nails, start in the middle and work your way out. Start with the basecoat. Use easy strokes. Follow the video in the beginning of this post to get a visual on how to properly paint each nail.
Apply 2 coats. Then apply the top coat.
A tip that I picked up somewhere is to put your fingers in ice cold water for 1 minute and this helps them to dry more quickly.
I have tried this and it did work. But, I also put them in front of a fan for 10 min. to dry properly.
When nails are completely dry then take a Q-tip and clean up any mistakes that may have been made around the nails with polish remover.
Voila! A salon manicure at half the price. Have beautiful nails all of the time.
Hope this tip is helpful to your budget.