We use our hands in nearly all of our daily tasks, but when it comes to taking care of them, many of us don’t even give it a second thought.

In fact, very few people think about getting a manicure, primarily because of lack of time and money to go to the salon.


manicured nails

A perfectly polished set of nails or manicured hands can make any one feel special. Furthermore, a regular manicure helps improve blood circulation in your hands, removes dead skin and relaxes your body and mind.

Believe it or not, you can get salon-quality, beautiful nails and hands doing a manicure in the comfort of your home. You just need the proper tools and a bit of your time.

Here is the step-by-step process for doing a salon-like manicure at home. To maintain gorgeous and healthy nails, do a home manicure once or twice a month.


Steps to do a Salon-like Manicure at Home

Things you’ll need:


  • Nail polish remover pads
  • A liquid soap
  • Few cotton balls
  • A manicure kit (nail clippers, emery board, nail buffer, cuticle pusher, cuticle cutter, nail brush)
  • Olive oil or cuticle oil
  • A thick moisturizer
  • Hand scrub
  • Nail paint
  • Nail Base Coat & Top Coat
  • Small hand towels
  • A tub with lukewarm water

Step 1. Remove old nail paint

step-1 remove old nail polish

First, you need to remove all traces of previously applied nail paint from each and every nail. For this, use nail paint remover pads.

step-1-(1) remove nail polish

Gently rub the nail paint remover pads on your nails until they are clean and free of any traces of old nail paint. Use a non-acetone remover, as an acetone-based remover can be harsher on the nails.


Step 2. Soak your hands

step-2 Soak your hands

Mix a few drops of liquid body soap in a bowl of lukewarm water. Instead of liquid body soap, you can even use a bit of your gentle face cleanser.

step-2(1)Soak your hands

Soak your hands in this water for 5 to 10 minutes.


Step 3. Rinse and pat dry

step-3 Rinse

Rinse both your hands with clean water.

step-3(2) pat dry

Pat dry using a soft hand towel. Make sure not to rub your hands harshly with the towel.

Step 4. Shape your nails

step-4-trim and shape

Using a good quality nail clipper, clip your nails if needed. After soaking, the nails will be soft and it will be easier for you to trim and shape them. You can give any shape to your nails. A slightly rounded shape or square-rounded edge look the best.


Step 5. File your nails

step-5 file nails

Next, you need to file your nails. Always file from the corner of your nail to the center of your nail. Do not file your nails using a back-and-forth motion, which is not good for them. Finally, use a soft nail buffer to smooth out the surface of each nail bed.

Step 6. Apply olive oil on your cuticles

step 6 apply olive oil

Dip a cotton swab in olive oil and apply it on your cuticles. Soaking the cuticles in olive oil for a few minutes before trimming will help soften them and make them easier to cut.

Step 7. Push your cuticles back

step-7 Push your cuticles back

It is important to remove excess cuticles and calluses from the surfaces of your nails. Very gently push the cuticles back away from the nail using a cuticle pusher. Do not push the cuticle too roughly, as it protects the nail bed from bacteria and damage.

Step 8. Trim your cuticles

step-8 Trim your cuticles

With your cuticles pushed back, trim the excess cuticle and any hangnails using a cuticle remover or cuticle nipper. Be careful not to pull, lift, tear or cut into the cuticle in any way. Also, do not apply too much pressure when trimming, as it can cause bleeding.

Step 9. Apply a scrub

step-9 apply a scrub

Now, you need to scrub your hands. It will improve the blood circulation in your hands and remove dead skin cells.

step-9(1) scrub nails

Apply a gentle scrub all over your hands and rub it around using circular motions for not more than 5 minutes.

step-9(2) scrub nails


Make sure to scrub in between your fingers.

Step 10. Scrub your nails

step-10 scrub nails

Using a soft nail brush, you can also scrub your nails. However, do not scrub too much as it can remove the shine from your nails.

Step 11. Wash and apply moisturizer

step-11 apply moisturizer

Wash your hands and fingers with fresh water to thoroughly get rid of the scrub and pat dry using a soft towel.

step-11(1) apply moisturizer

Apply a thick layer of moisturizer all over your hands to hydrate and replenish your skin.

Step 12. Remove excess moisturizer on your nails

step-12 remove extra

Use a cotton ball to remove the excess moisturizer from your nails. This is important because the moisturizer will prevent the nail paint from adhering properly.

You can even soak a cotton swab or pad in nail paint remover and use it over the nail's surface to remove any oily residue.

Step 13. Apply a base coat

step-13 base coat

Before applying your nail paint, apply a base coat on your nails. This step is very important for those who have weak or brittle nails. A base coat also protects the nails from staining and prevents chipping.

Step 14. Apply nail paint

step-14 apply nail polish

Next, apply your favorite nail paint. After applying a layer, let it dry for 5 minutes before applying the next layer. Allow drying time between the base coat and nail paint.

Step 15. Apply a top coat

step-15 apply top coat

After applying 2 or 3 coats of nail paints, finish up with a top coat. A top coat will add shine and luster to your nails. A single layer of top coat will even enhance the appearance and durability of the nail paint.

Step 16. Wipe off any traces of nail paint from your skin

step-16 clear up extra

Finally, look for any traces of nail paint on your skin and clean them up using a cotton ball or swab. You can even use nail paint remover to remove any paint that got on to your skin.

done manicure

Additional Tips

  • If you have many coats of old polish on your nails, it may take some time for the remover to work.
  • Use remover only on your nails, avoiding contact with sensitive skin near the nails.
  • Do not use detergent or soapy cleansers in the water for soaking your hands. Such products can cause dryness.
  • Do not use a rusted nail clipper. It can damage your nails.
  • Do not be too rough while filing your nails, as it can break your nails or make them jagged.
  • Do not use metal or extremely coarse nail files, which can cause splintering of your nails.
  • Never clip your cuticles with nail clippers.