Nail Care 101 : Basic Nail Care At Your Home

I am writing this post  to provide you with information you need to take care of your nails at home, saving you a ride to a nail salon and few bucks.

These tips, when paired with a beauty regime, balanced died and exercise will bring you amazing benefits.

To set some context..

Here is some background info about your nails that you should be aware of.

Both toenails and fingernails are formed from a protein called alpha-keratin. Your hairs are also made from this protein. Alpha-keratin remains rooted to the nail beds beneath the skin.

Bigger nails are more likely to break easily and cause other nail related problems. In most healthy adults, fingernails grow at the rate of 1mm per week. The growth is directly related to your overall physical health, mental health and your diet.

Some common nail related problems and their solutions.


Hangnails treatment
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Ever felt the excruciating pain on the tip and sides of the nails? Those tiny but painful pieces of skin that separates themselves from the sides of nails. They hurt more when you touch them.

The best way to treat them is increase your Vitamin-C and Protein intake.

Stained Nails

Stained Nails
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Excessive use of nail polish and nail polish remover, especially poor quality ones will make your nails look livid and leave them with ugly stains.

If the stains are just starting to show up and are lighter then rubbing some lemon juice with the help of a brush twice a day should do the trick. But if the stains are easily visible then use following methods

Stained Nails cleaner 1


Glycerine- 1 teaspoon
Rosewater – 5 teaspoon
Hydrogen Peroxide – 4 teaspoons


Mix them all together and applying using a brush. Leave it there for 30 minutes and then was it of. You should see results in 2 weeks.

Stained Nails cleaner 2


Orange flower water – 3 tbsp.
Lemon Juice – 1 tsp.


Mix them in a bowl and apply it on your nails using a brush. It works as a bleaching agent and makes your nails clear as they should be.

Weak Nails

Does your nails break easily?

Try these tips and let me know in the comments how it went:

  1. White Iodine:

    1. Dip your nails in lukewarm water for 2-3 minutes.

    2. Wipe them with dry cloth and then paint your nails with white
      iodine. It will make your nails strong and glossy.

  2. Castor Oil with Glycerine :

    1. Take 4-5 drops of each and apply it on your fingertips and

  3. Alum Leaves :

    1. Make a decoction by boiling alum leaves in the filtered water.

    2. Strain the decoction and let it cool and store it in a glass

    3. Dip your fingers 3-4 times a day for 30 seconds.

    4. Do it for at least 3 weeks to renew your nails.

  4. DIY Cuticle Cream

    1. Heat 2 tbsp of petroleum jelly in a pan.

    2. add half tsp glycerine to it.

    3. Mix well. Your cuticle cream is ready to use.

  5. Lanolin Cuticle Cream

    1. Mix lanolin and white clay (2tbsp each) togather.

    2. Mix until it forms a paste.

    3. You can use this paste on your cuticles.

    4. You can also use lanolin alone if you don’t want to use clay
      for any reason.

Make sure to use nail polish remover that has glycerine in it OR apply glycerine to your nails once you have removed the nail polish.

DIY Manicure at home

DIY manicure

It’s essential to take care of your nails if you want them to look as good as nature intended them to look. Here are my steps to DIY Manicure at home

Things you’ll need:

  • Soapy lukewarm water in a pot
  • Nail polish remover
  • Nail filer
  • Salt
  • Apple Cider vinegar
  • Cuticle pusher
  • French chalk
  • Nail buffer
  • Hand cream

Steps by step DIY Manicure 

  1. Before you begin, make sure you don’t have any inflammation or infection in your nails.
  2. Use nail polish remover to get rid of nail polish. Dip a cotton ball in remover and press you nail for sometime then in a single jerk remover the polish. Make sure that there are no traces of nail polish.
  3. File your nails using a nail filer. When filing , aim for an oval shape instead of sharper one. Make sure, filing should be done between the edges of your nails.
  4. Add some soap, salt and apple cider vinegar to lukewarm water. Dip your hands in the mixture for at least 5 minutes
  5. Wipe your hand with a dry cotton towel.
  6. Push your cuticle skin gently using a cuticle pusher
  7. Apply some hand cream and expose your hands to steam for a while.
  8. On each of your nails apply some french chalk and buff your way up to the desired shine, using a nail buffer. If you don’t have buffer then you can wrap velvet cloth or any other type of soft cloth around a cotton ball. You can use it as buffer.

That was it. That’s how I do it.

Please share your opinions in the comment box below

Written by herbalfoo staff

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