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January 4, 2013

Salon Looking Nails At Home

Salon looking nails at home, with Pam cooking spray, vinegar, ice and petroleum jelly, by Barbie's Beauty BIts

Nails and all the cool colors are the rage right now, and with all of these great options, we want a polish to pretty look we can achieve at home instead of a nail salon!  Therefore, I’ve compiled some great tips on how to have a professional manicure look at home.

BB Bit 1: Clean Nails... It seems simple, but you want to make sure that all the old nail polish is completely removed. One way to ensure this is a quick wipe over with some vinegar, as it will remove any leftover nail polish remover, moisturizer, or any other residue; ultimately enabling the polish to adhere longer.

BB Bit 2: No More Messy Manicures… An excellent way to keep nail polish from running over onto your cuticles or places you don't want it.  Apply a small bit of petroleum jelly along the sides and the base of your nails. If polish seeps off the nail, who cares, as all you have to do is wipe off the petroleum jelly, and you now have perfectly painted nails!

BB Bit 3: Applying Polish... I've found that applying multiple thin coats of nail polish works much better than one thick coat.

BB Bit 4: Base Coat…This will help to prevent staining and chipping, and make sure after you have polished your nails with your favorite color, that you finish with a top coat. 
BB Bit 5: Drying… After spending all that time polishing, you want to make sure your nails are completely dried before you hit the town.  So, I have 3 tips on how to have them looking polish perfect.

Salon looking nails at home, try your nails with ice water by Barbie's Beauty BIts
Ice, Ice Baby... To Dry Your Nails
  • Ice Water… I’ve heard some debates on this, but I’ve been doing this for years, and it works well. The trick, however, is that you just have to make sure you take the correct steps to complete this process.  So, before you even start painting your nails, you want to get a bowl of ice and fill it with some water & place it in the frig.  Once your nails are completed, let them air dry for a few minutes and finish them off by sticking your fingertips in the ice water for 3 minutes, this will help to dry them much quicker.  Important, you want to make sure that you are not moving your fingers around, as you don’t want to hit any ice.  Once completed, remove and let them air dry for a minute before you pat dry.
  • Your Hair Dryer…However, you need to have one that has a cool air option; hot air will not work. Furthermore, you need to do it on low; otherwise, you will mess up your nails.
  • Pam, and no that is not my sister.  However, my sister who did nails professionally for years told me about this one!  To set your nails and to help prevent smudges, you can spray your nails with Pam, oil spray.  Pam seems to work best as I’ve tried some other brands, and they didn’t do the job.      
Salon looking nails at home, by drying your nails with Pam cooking spray, by Barbie's Beauty BIts
Pam Helps To Dry Your Nails Too!
          Well, I think we've nailed this one with some great tips for your nail file, hope you enjoyed!
         And as always if you have any comments or suggestions on some other tips let me know.

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  1. Thankyou for sharing the information with us.Excellent post!.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it. I have some other great nail tips as well. Hope to see you back.

  2. Thanks for sharing the great nail tips! You nailed it with this one! I've been using Pam for a while, crazy how that works. But I really enjoyed some of the other tips.

  3. Great photo, thanks for sharing.

  4. I love the Pam idea. I read this somewhere else as well, so I guess I need to try it

  5. Thank you Barbie's Beauty Bits for this post... The petroleum jelly comes in great use for your toes as well! My toenails are not that long, so I've always painted my toes with the nails, now I can wipe it off, thanx!

  6. Hi Barbie,
    Found you on pinterest! Loved your photo and hot tips...
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    Hope to see more of you! xoxo

    1. Thanks you so much for the comment and doing that! I'm getting ready to check you out on pinterest too!

      Stay in touch,

  7. I also want to make my nail like salon look. I really admire your tip how to make it. Thanks for sharing this. I will follow your entire blog to make my nail like this.
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    1. Thanks for the comments, hope they were helpful.
      Have great weekend.

  8. Great tips! I tried the iced water, and it totally works;)

  9. Love the Pam idea

  10. Hi
    I completely agree with you. I really like this article. It contains a lot of useful information. I can set up my new idea from this post. It gives in depth information


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