Hi Friends, I had been planning to do this post for long but kept forgetting (forgive me 🙁 ). But today,I was reminded of this instantly when Swarnali from Make it Up with Make Up asked me solution for her flaky and brittle nails. I can totally understand how frustrating this can be, so I did not waste time and decided to write this up today. I hope Swarnali as well as others will get benefited by this post today.
I love nail art (and this small sentence does no justice to explain my passion for it 😀 ) but keeping nails healthy and nourished is of prime importance. And no nail art or expensive polish will look good, if your nails and cuticles do not support them. Before asking the nail art or the fancy polish to make you nails look gorgeous , please ask your self did you do enough for your nails? No Nail Art can substitute the look of a healthy long and strong nail, trust me blindly on this. So here I am trying to ease out some of your worries on this front 😛
What is a Hot Oil manicure or treatment?
It is a luxurious and relaxing treatment of not only pampering your hands but also imparting unparalleled nourishment to your nails and cuticles. It is best suited for dry and ribbed nails, damaged cuticles and brittle flaky nails. In simple words, it is a process of showering the goodness and moisture of oil to nourish you hands, nails and cuticles.
It is an expensive treatment in high end spas but is worth the cost. However my regular readers would know that I never endorse expensive products or difficult treatments. I am more of a researcher who comes up with Do It Yourself substitutes. So, here is a DIY Hot Oil Manicure that everyone can easily do sitting in kitchen :P.
How to do a Hot Oil Manicure/ Treatment for your Nails?
If you are indulging in a manicure (Read how to do manicure at home here), then all the prep of cleaning, cutting and filing your nails remain the same. But the point where you dip your hands in the soapy water is to be replaced with the warm oil.
Some of the oils used for this are Vitamin E oil, Olive Oil, Sunflower Oil, Castor Oil mixed with lower density oil, Almond Oil etc. All you have to do is warm the oil for a 30 sec or so in the microwave. The oil should not be too hot and bearable. Also, you could add a drop of essential oil like Tea Tree oil which has great anti-bacterial properties. You can also break in a Vitamin E capsule to pass on some Vitamin E goodness.
The reason of using warm the oil is that the density of the oil decreases (so oil thins down) when we heat them,hence they can now easily penetrate into the skin.
Now, dip your hands in the warm oil till the oil cools off. If you enjoyed this, do not hesitate in reheating the oil again for like a 20 sec and repeating it (Do not repeat more, chances are you will burn your hands) . Take out your hands from the oil and massage your hands and wrist. Pay special attention to the cuticle, nail bed and nail edges. Keep in mind that you are feeding the thirsty nails and hands with real good food. So don’t stop too soon. Wash your hands with plain water after some massage and wipe them.
You can do the regular pushing your cuticles and removing the dead skin as well. If you wish you can proceed with nail paint application step of the manicure after getting rid of the oiliness from your nails. But I would suggest to please let your nails enjoy the sheer joy of feeling nourished. Do not disturb them :).
I would suggest this as a before bed ritual so that you are touching around things interrupting the healing process.This is said to solve peeling and brittleness of nails if performed regularly. 🙂 . You do not need to do the manicure process every time. Most of the times I just wash my hands and dip the clean hands in hot oil, massage, wipe off the excess oil with paper towel and sleep 😀
I hope you enjoyed this post and would use this to pamper your nails and hands. I feel shattered each time my finger nails snap or peel, and would never want the same to happen to anyone else :(. And this feeling motivates me share nail care tricks and tips with you :). Please feel free to share your experiences and questions.