How to use professional nail kits at home
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How to use professional nail kits at home

Getting your nails done on a regular basis can be pricey, but there’s definitely a difference in quality as opposed to painting them at home. However, another option is to buy a professional nail kit and do them yourself. With a little time spent learning how to use professional nail supplies and time spent practicing, it’s possible to do your own beautiful nail-salon quality nails at home.

Getting a Kit

A lot of professional kits (or frequently known as kit de uñas acrilicas completo) are only sold to certified nail professionals, however you can get various kits at beauty supply stores, such as Sally’s or on various stores on the internet.

Before getting your kit, you need to decide if you want to have acrylics, gels, shellac nails. These are the three most popular nail kit options.

Acrylics and gels are both fake nails that are put over your real ones. They can be made in any shape or size. Because you’re adding a fake nail over your real one, it gives the illusion of having stronger nails (although wearing acrylics and gels over a long period of time actually makes your natural nails weaker). The biggest benefit to gels application over acrylics at home, is that you won’t have to deal with the strong fumes that acrylic nails are notorious for.

Shellac is a less popular option, it is a blend of nail polish and gel and it’s applied like a polish. For this reason it can’t be used to change the shape or extend the length of your nails, but it is less damaging than gels or acrylics and is known to be the most chip-resistant option.

Getting Ready

While most kits provide you with everything you’ll need to do your nails, you may want to read the instructions and then buy a few more supplies as you see fit.

Some additional supplies you might need:

  • Nail polish remover
  • Extra files of various grits
  • Manicure sticks
  • Small containers
  • Paper towels
  • Nail buffer
  • Gloves

Once you’ve read the directions, and gathered any additional supplies you might need it’s time to prep the nail. Regardless of the type of nail kit you decide to apply, you want your nails to be clean. The best way to clean your nail is to use an oil-free actetone based nail polish remover.

Next, cut your nails to a short and manageable length and use a nail file to make them even.

Then, take a nail buffer and go over the tops of your nails. This will make the kit nails adhere better.

You may also want to take some time pushing back your cuticles with a wooden manicure stick. The best way to accomplish this is to soak your nails in warm water to make the cuticles softer.

Using the Kit

Now that your nails are prepped and ready to go, you can follow the directions in your kit to start the application. In general, make sure you are in a well ventilated area and that you have familiarized yourself with the directions and with your supplies before you get started. It’s also a good idea to set everything up as you think you’ll need it before beginning the application.

That’s pretty much it! If you follow the kit directions at this point you should have a beautiful and professional nail that looks like it came straight from the salon!

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