You don't need an extensive kit to achieve healthy, strong and beautiful nails. Here are my five 'Must Have' products, and how to use them for optimum results.
CND Super Shiney High Gloss Top Coat
I have used this top coat religiously for over 7 years! I love it simply because it is super fast drying, long wearing and has an incredibly high gloss finish. I have a big 2.3oz pro size bottle at home, which I have had for a couple of years, and it is just as great now as when I bought it. It gives glass like shine, keeps my nails strong and my polish looking fresh.
I have tried many other brands in my time as a nail tech, but this is most definitely the best I have used. It has a slight purple tint and UV filters to stop yellowing, it is formaldehyde, toluene and DBP free (no nasties), scratch resistant and super tough.
CND Glossing Buffer
A glossing buffer is an essential addition to any Nailista's kit. By buffing your nails gently, you increase the blood flow to your fingertips – this promotes healthy nail growth, and gives your nail bed a much more pink appearance. By using the different sides of the buffer in order, you can achieve smooth natural nails, so your nail polish will sit better, and is also less likely to stain.
Mavala Cuticle Remover
Some type of cuticle remover is a must for every nail kit - dry and overgrown cuticles instantly ruin the appearance of the hands. These products soften and remove dead cells from the nail plate. They are not designed to be used all that frequently, but every 10 – 14 days it is worth giving your cuticles a real clean up, and then maintain them with your cuticle oil.
Cuticle removers must always be rinsed off with soap and water, or they leave a residue on the nails, which will mess up your polish.
OPI Avoplex Cuticle Oil
There are a multitude of cuticle oils on the market, all of them are designed to do exactly the same thing. OPI Avoplex is my favourite because it has a slightly thicker viscosity than the others I have tried, and it has given me the best results. Rich in avocado oil and high quality antioxidants, it nourishes nails and conditions the cuticle area. Cuticle oils penetrate the layers of the nail, restoring moisture and natural lipids. Use them sparingly – a little goes a long way. Apply at night before you go to bed for maximum benefit. A little dab be used to perk up natural nails before a night out, or buffed gently into the nail for super glossy finish on natural nails. If you wear nail enhancements – cuticle oils won't cause lifting, in fact they will help keep your enhancements flexible and strong, so worth picking some up next time you visit the salon.
Stainless Steel Cuticle Pushie or Plastic Hoof Stick
I recommend that for doing any cuticle work – you use a pushie or hoof stick. Orange sticks are a big no-no for me, as they aren't very effective, and tend to be unhygienic. Metal or plastic cuticle pushers can be cleaned and re-used, so are a much better investment, and are both more effective and comfortable to use. If you manicure your nails regularly, and are confident with cuticle care – go for a stainless steel one, if you are a newbie to caring for cuticles, go for a rubber tipped hoof stick, until you have mastered the technique.
I hope these recommendations are useful! What are your favourite nail products?
Love Edie xx