Are Your Nails Begging for a Spa Manicure?
Why Not Give a DIY Manicure a Try?
Rather your nails are worn from washing dishes, caring for your garden, wearing acrylic nails, or nail polish containing toluene and formaldehyde – partaking in a DIY manicure at home naturally can go a long way toward the health of your nails.
Did you know our nails are primarily made of keratin protein just like our hair?
Keratin is particularly sensitive due to its porous nature. This allows all those conditions mentioned above to easily damage our nails and cuticles. It’s no wonder many find their nails to be brittle, thin, and fragile.
While there are many spa manicure types to choose from most aren’t nail-friendly. And some manicure steps such a rough removal or cutting cuticles will not only damage your cuticles but the health of your nails.
Why? Because the function of the cuticle is to protect our nails from bacteria and ensure healthy growth. All the more reason to take matters into your own hands with an essential oil DIY manicure using the best oils for nails and cuticles.
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Why Use Essential Oils for Nails and Cuticles?
Essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts that offer countless benefits for our skin, hair, and nails. What essential oils are best for nails and cuticles? The best oils to use for a natural manicure include lemon, eucalyptus, lavender, frankincense, and rosemary.
Applying them regularly can help you grow your shiniest, healthiest nails yet!
Essential Oil Manicure Benefits:
- Aid in strengthening nails and cuticles
- Promote healthy nail growth
- Help prevent nail breakage and brittleness
- Nourish cuticles and hands
- Assist in reducing nail bacterial and fungal infections
- Improve the luster and appearance of nails
This essential oil DIY manicure is a natural way of sprucing up your nails, employing plant-based nutrients and vitamin-rich carrier oils for supple moisturized skin and cuticles. Along with adding a brilliant shine to your nails without a single brush of polish!
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Recreate a Spa Manicure at Home
You won’t be missing a thing by recreating spa manicure at home with the best oils for nails and cuticles! So, if it’s time to update your nail polish, why not start by skipping the unnecessary chemicals in standard acetone nail polish removers? Instead, you can use essential oils not only remove your polish when it’s time for a change, but nourish your nails in the process. Let’s get started!
Easy Essential Oil DIY Manicure Steps
Step 1: Remove Polish with an Essential Oil Nail Polish Remover
You can’t go wrong with the fresh, zesty aroma of lemon essential oil, cold-pressed from the rinds of lemons. With its bright and joyful aroma, lemon can help support healthy and strong nails. Similarly, frankincense essential oil is packed with benefits to help maintain not only radiant skin but also healthy nails. Together they help create a healthier nail polish remover.
Essential oil nail polish remover recipe:
Using a small funnel pour 1 ounce of rubbing alcohol into a two-ounce glass bottle. Remove the funnel and add 5 drops lemon essential oil and 5 drops frankincense essential oil.
Place funnel back on the bottle and top with approximately 1 ounce more of rubbing alcohol. Remove the funnel, close the lid, and shake to combine.
How to remove polish:
1. Add a nickel to quarter size amount of this homemade nail polish remover to a cotton round or cotton ball.
2. Firmly rub away from the cuticle on the nail toward the of the nail to remove polish. Re-apply more nail polish remover as needed and replace the cotton round when covered by polish.
3. Once removed, rinse or wash your nails and hands before moving to the next step.
Step 2 and 3: DIY Hot Oil Manicure and Trim
The second step in most manicures is soaking nails in a bowl of warm water to soften the nails before trimming. This is useful however, there’s a new manicure technique called a hot oil manicure that is quickly gaining popularity.
What is a hot oil manicure?
Here’s what you’ll need:
Hot Oil DIY Manicure Recipe:
Scoop 1 cup of unrefined coconut oil into a small glass measuring cup. Add 2 tablespoons of castor oil and place in the microwave. Heat in 30-second intervals for 30 seconds to 1 minute max.
Add 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil and each drop of essential oil. Whip together with a fork or whisk and scoop into a small to medium bowl, large enough to submerge your hands.
How do you do a hot oil manicure?
1. Gently dip your hands into the hot oil mixture, covering the nails and cuticles. Apply with hands or beauty brush as needed.
2. Then soak in the hot oil until it has completely cooled off.
3. Gently massage the cooled oil mixture over your nail beds, hands, and up to your wrists.
4. You can place your hands in gloves for further moisturizing if needed before pat drying with a towel.
Afterward, trim and file nails in a rounded shape that follows the shape of the nail bed.
Step 4: Strengthen Nails with an Essential Cuticle Roller:
Nourish your nails and cuticles with a replenishing cuticle oil in the convenience of a roller. (Find my favorite essential oil rollers in the Oily Chic Lookbook.) This recipe for a strengthening DIY cuticle roller is infused with the revitalizing benefits of frankincense essential oil and the addition of lavender essential oil.
Add this easy DIY manicure step to your regular beauty routine to help prevent dry, cracking cuticles and nails.
DIY cuticle roller recipe:
Using a mini funnel add 10 drops of lavender essential oil and 10 drops of frankincense essential oil to an essential oil roller bottle. Top with sweet castor oil to dilute and strengthen nails. Carefully place the roller ball on the top and shake once before use.
How to restore cuticles:
Glide your homemade cuticle roller across the nail bed and cuticles. Using your fingers or a buffer rub the oil into the cuticles and nail beds on each hand.
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Following these essential oil DIY manicure steps, you can apply new polish or enjoy the natural gloss without polish. This at-home manicure is a marvelous way to practice self-care before going to bed. The hot oil manicure steps are quite relaxing and all it together it feels like a luxurious spa manicure without the cost.
Have you tried a DIY manicure? What’s your favorite step? Leave it in the comments for me or tag #oilychic on Instagram. Don’t forget to pin these easy manicure steps to enjoy later!
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