Alright guys, it’s time to give your nails some TLC. If you can’t imagine heading to the local nail salon for a manicure, it’s time to take matters into your hands and take care of them yourself. No man should be walking around with long nails, frayed cuticles, or gnarly hang nails.
“A guy’s hands don’t have to be perfectly smooth, but they should be clean and well kept,” says manicurist Angel Williams to Men’s Health. “It shows he cares about all aspects of his hygiene.” Which is always great, and desirable of course. Here’s our simple guide to your DIY, at-home MANicure to make your hands as presentable as they are strong.
What you’re going to need:
- Fingernail clippers
- Cuticle pusher
- Cuticle oil (usually a blend of oils including avocado oil, almond oil, and vitamin E)
- Nail brush
- Nail file
- Nail buffer (one of those rectangular cubes that look like a combination of a kitchen sponge and sanding block)
- Bowl of warm, soapy water
Step 1: Soak your nails
Get your soapy water and your nail brush, wash your fingers first, and give them a scrub with the nail brush. Then, go ahead and soak them in the water for a few minutes to soften your hands and your cuticles. Follow this by cleaning underneath each of your fingernails with the pointed end of the nail file that we suggested you buy.