Are you looking to try something new with your manicure? This doesn’t always have to mean new colors or designs. Sometimes just the technique you use can be different enough to have a major impact on your nails. One of the newest methods to do a manicure is called a hot oil manicure. It’s considered a luxury treatment that helps to nourish your cuticles and nail beds. It’s definitely the right treatment for those that suffer from dry brittle nails, and damaged cuticles. Like the name implies, you’ll use oil to provide your hands with the nourishment they need.
If you’re going to get it done at a nail salon, expect a premium cost – but it is totally worth it! If you can do it at home, that is also a great option as well, and definitely a money saving one.
- Starting on your hot oil manicure
For starters, you need to do all of the pre-manicure tasks that are totally normal no matter what technique you use. This includes cleaning your nails, clipping them, filing them and all of those pieces. But you know the point in the manicure where you normally dip your hands into the warm and soapy water to sit for a while? With a hot oil manicure, instead of the soapy water, you’re actually going to be placing your hands in warm oil for a soak.
- The types of oil to use
There are many different types of oils that you can use for this hot oil manicure method. Some of the most popularly used oils are olive oil, Vitamin E oil, castor oil, and sunflower oil. Sometimes even almond oil is used with this method. To get the oil ready to use is simple – all you need to do is warm the oil for about 30 seconds in the microwave. The point is to make sure the oil is warm, but not to the point where it’s hot and unbearable. You need to be able to stick your hand in the oil for an extended period of time. You also can add something special, like a few drops of essential oil, into the mixture. It all depends on what you would like to achieve.
Why use the oil when it’s warm? Because when it is warm, the density will actually thin out and easily get into your skin layers to provide maximum moisture.
- Dipping your hands in
Once the oil is ready, you’re going to need to dip your hands in the oil until it’s completely cool. If you want, you can even reheat the oil and do it twice, in order to maximize the amount of moisture your hands are absorbing. When you’re done, remove your hands from the oil and massage your hands and wrists. When doing this, you’ll want to pay attention to your nail beds and cuticles. Once you’re done, you can wash and wipe your hands, give them some time to fully dry, and then get to painting them if you desire.