Are bare nails better than polished nails?
The no-polish manicure is perfect for those who need a break from their traditional, heavy-duty nail treatments. Whether it be split nails, jagged cuticles or brittle nail plates, by focusing on nail care rather than nail coats, recipients can reap the benefits of naturally long nails. The treatment, which often includes the application of a keratin-rich product encourages healthy growth.
This can be maintained at home with a cuticle oil or nail cream.
Revitanail Keratin Strengthening Serum, $20.99 at Chemist Warehouse
How often should you get a naked manicure?
Whether you choose to visit a salon or recreate the experience at home (more below), for the first few weeks, weekly treatment will promote the most effective results.
From there, extend to a fortnightly basis.
How to recreate the naked manicure at home
1. Clean and file your nails to their desired shape. Apply cuticle remover or soften your hands in a bowl of warm, soapy water.
2. Using a cuticle pusher, gently push back your cuticles. Going in with a cuticle nipper, trim off any excess edges - do so carefully.
3. With a double-sided buffing block, gently buff out your nails and, then, using the soft side, polish your nails until shiny.
4. Finish off with a cuticle oil and nourishing hand cream.