Groomed and well kept hands speak a lot about your personality. Due to regular strenuous jobs, daily chores, washing and cooking sometimes we forget to take care of them. And this negligence causes our hands to become dry, itchy and un-groomed. A trip to the parlor may not be an option for many with stressful jobs, long working hours and due to monetary factors also. But an easy to do manicure at home can save you a lot of time and money all the while giving your hands the spa treated feel.

For those of you who think doing a manicure at home may be stressful and very hard to do, it actually is not. Here is a simple Manicure tutorial for you.

What You Will Need:

Take a small bowl or tub and fill it in with the warm water, a hand soak (if available) or else you may try some of the DIY recipes given here, a hand scrub or any other scrub you may find, a cuticle softener, a hand cream, a cuticle pusher, base coat and top coat, nail polish in your favorite color, nail paint remover, nail brush/ an old tooth brush

How to do a manicure at home?:

Step 1:

The first step would be to arrange a tub/container full of warm water at a place where you will do the soaking. Choose a comfortable space so that you may relax while you soak your hands. Before starting use a nail paint remover to remove any traces of previous nail paint. Wash the hands afterwards in normal water.

Add the hand soak in the water and create bubbles using gentle hand movements in the water. If you do not have a hand soak with you then use any regular body wash for it.  Or use the do it yourself recipes given below:

Milk and honey hand soak:

To get those dry hands feeling soft and silky try this moisturizing hand soak.

You will need: a cup of full cream milk (whole milk) and 3-4 tablespoons of honey, ¾ drops of your favorite essential oil for the relaxing smell

  • Take the milk in a bowl and add the honey in it. Stir for a bit and microwave for 30 seconds.
  • Take the bowl out and test the temperature. The temperature should be bearable and warm.
  • Soak your hands in this amazing soak to get soft hands.
  • Add the essential oils into the mixture once you take it out from the micro oven.

Strengthening hand soak:

To give those nails strength try this hand soak.

What you will need:

2 egg yolks, 1/4th cup of milk and 2 teaspoon of honey.

Take the egg yolks in a small bowl and beat them until it becomes soft. Add the milk and honey and mix again. Using this soak will give strengthen your nails by providing calcium from milk and protein from egg yolk. After soaking the nails for 10 minutes rinse with water and apply cuticle oil.

soaking nails

After soaking, dip the hands in and relax. Try to do this when you have at least 40-45 minutes at hand so that you can relax. Catch up on some tv shows. Anything that you like and will make you relax you is a great option. After the water cools down to the room temperature take the hands out of the tub.

Step 2:

apply cuticle softener to do manicure at home

Now place the hands on a towel or use the towel to gently pat the hands dry. Now apply some cuticle softener to each nail at the root. If you do not have a cuticle softener, use a drop of olive oil on each nail . The cuticle softener will soften the cuticles and you will be able to push them back or cut it as per our choice.

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  • puja malhotra

    Very nice article…:)

    • Shabby

      Thanks Puja :)


    well compiled and systematically written……..good job

    • Shabby

      Thanks Gargi :)

  • Bhuvana

    Nicely explained. Hope there is one on Pedicure too.

    • Shabby

      Yes, there is . .Will be soon published Bhuvana . .Do check later :)

      And am glad you like it .

      • Bhuvana

        Sure. Thanks. Will be on the lookout.

  • Oindrila

    Very nice work Shabby! :)

    • Shabby

      Thanks Oindy :) <3

  • Nimrata

    This is a lovely post shabby, will try this soon. I think using a hand cream always makes the hand smooth and helps it to keep it moist and hydrated.:)

    • Shabby

      Thanks Nimrata :)

  • Tarani

    Good one shabby:) Loved the post, regular manicures helps the hand be subtle and soft. Applying sunscreens always works best too:)