A DIY manicure works perfectly if you take the time to prep and select high quality nail polish or nail wraps. Having a well manicured hand is the picture of polished. Getting to the salon isn't always an option but you can have the right American made manicure supplies on hand.
DIY Manicure Prep Steps
The following products and prep steps are a mini manicure, designed to save time when you can't get the full spa effect. This will give you some of the critical benefits of maintaining beautiful hands.
Revitalize the skin on your hands with a 1-2 minute scrub. Shea Moisture Hand & Body Scrub is a nontoxic way to shed all the dead skin and restore balance.
Always rehydrate after a good exfoliation. Pacifica Hand Cream feels velvety and adds natural hydration and a pretty aroma. Pacifica Hand Cream is vegan, natural & cruelty free.
- CUTICLE CARE
This is the key to happy, healthy nails. The condition of your cuticle will dictate (in part) how strong and long your nails are. Hard as Hoof Nail Strengthening and Cuticle Conditioning Cream is a hidden gem that truly offers every bit of what is promised. After using it only twice I was sold. I have consistently used it for a couple of months and my nails have never been this well-conditioned. It is my latest obsession.
A healthy base coat gives polish something to adhere better to and protects your nail from color. Some even have benefits and/or make a great glossy coat alone. Dr's Remedy Hydrating Treatment with Biotin does double duty and is free of all toxins. Their nail colors are gorgeous as well.
DIY Manicure – Nail Polish & Nail Wraps
There are endless options for adding color to your nails. The quality of our favorite nail polish brands look salon smooth. And nail wraps are an easy way to add design to your manicure. I also love them for their longevity without chips or without becoming lackluster.
So many nail polishes are made in the USA that we add them to our lists often. Three of my current go to brands are listed below but please check our more extensive source lists too: 10 High Performance Nail Polish Brands, 6 Of The Best And Least Toxic Nail Polish Options.
NCLA This polish is fashion-forward and has unbelievable chip resistance. Their nude collection is ah-mazing. It applies evenly and with ease – can't get enough of this brand. Exclusively made in the USA.
tenoverten Their polish is richly pigmented and luxurious. The colors are chic and stylish. Exclusively made in USA.
Sally Hansen Has been in the nail game forever. Their products evolve with the times and are low cost. I am loving all their nail polish textures right now. Most products are made in USA. Those that are not are labeled as such.
As a popular trend, many brands are emerging with their version of the nail wrap, here are three I have tried.
NCLA I love them for their creative and high fashion designs, perfect for accent nails (all over too). Self adhering.
Color Street Their applique is made from real nail polish and the application shows it. Incoco is flawless and fluid. Self adhering. These are my favorite and are worth ordering online if you can't find them in local stores.
Jamberry Has a wide variety of classic designs. Adheres with heat.
Stock up your American made manicure supplies and give your hands some TLC anytime they need it.