Estimated Monthly Savings: $50
Just about every woman loves the look and feel of freshly manicured nails, and as a result, there is a nail salon in most major shopping centers of any given town. A single trip to the nail salon can cost around $25, and that is only if you opt for basic nail services. By using this simple step-by-step guide, you can have beautiful nails, that are comparable to what you would get at a nail salon, for a fraction of the price!
Invest in a Multi-Surface Nail Buffer: Multi-surface nail buffers can be purchased at your local drug store or big box retailer for as little as $5. Nail buffers are used to file off damaged nail surfaces and smooth them so that your nails take on a clean and naturally shiny look. Smooth nail surfaces will also make your nail polish go on clean and evenly.
Always Use a Base Coat: A base coat is like the foundation to any well groomed nail! You can pick up a bottle of clear or matte base coat in the nail polish section of your favorite store for approximately $6.00, depending on the brand you choose. Base coat strengthens your nails while creating a smooth surface that nail polish will stick to better.
Use High Quality Nail Polish: Purchase high quality nail polish such as Sally Hanson’s Hard as Nails or Opi nail enamels for about $8.00 a bottle. High quality nail polish brushes on evenly and will not chip as quickly as lower quality brand options.
Finish it Off with Top Coat: For the most beautiful effects, always use a top coat on your nails. Top coat acts as a sealant and will protect your nail polish from unwanted chips and scrapes as you go about your day. It will also give your nails a glossy finished look.
With a little time and money investment, you can achieve professional quality nails at home, at a fraction of the price of what you would spend going to the nail salon. The nail supplies will last for months, and you can do some research on the internet to get inspiration for specific looks you are trying to achieve.