We Ask Our Pros - How To Take Care of a Salon Manicure When You Can’t Get To the Salon?

Posted on March 28 2020

In our current climate, it seems that unfortunately, more and more salons are having to close under new government guidelines. This is for all our health & safety but some of you may be left wondering how to look after your salon manicure now that you are unable to make the trip.

Slixir has got you covered, we’ve asked some of our pros to give us their top tips on looking after your salon manicure from home!

Our friends over at @snobharrogate talk about soothing sore sanitiser hands, “with all of the additional washing and sanitising we are doing throughout the current situation it goes without saying that it will take its toll on both our skin and nails but fear not ........always have your tube of SLIXIR close by and massage into the hands and nails to keep them in tip top condition”.

We also asked @jowhittle_nailartist_educator to give us top tips on at home treatments, she gave an amazing step by step guide on how to soak off nails yourself, what you will need: pure acetone or gel remover, cotton wool pads, tinfoil cut into small squares, a file and orangewood stick or something that you are able to use to scrape the residue off your nails, but not something sharp as this could cause damage to your nail plate.


  1. Cut your cotton pad into 10 sections now these sections should be small enough to just cover the nails, you don't want the cotton wool once saturated with acetone overexposing the skin to a drying agent. Then take your kitchen foil and cut into small rectangles which you will then use to wrap each finger in.

  1. File the topcoat of each nail, as the topcoat is non-porous which means the solution you are using won't be able to dissolve the product. You can reduce any length of the nail too at this stage as this allows the process of the soak off to be quicker due to smaller length of nails (less product).

  1. Take your small cotton wool pieces and saturate them in your acetone solution, place in the centre of the nail, take one of your foil pieces, hold cotton wool in place and wrap the finger in the foil. try and apply a little pressure allowing the acetone to soak into the gel or acrylic. Repeat this step to the rest of your first hand and allow the acetone to soak into the nails. I recommend doing one hand at once so that you can use your other hand properly when coming to the next section of removal. wait for 10/15mins gel 20/30 mins acrylic.

  1. Remove one foil and see if the product is ready, gel polish removes a lot quicker and easier than acrylic, you may find that when you pull the foil off the nail is clear. With acrylic however it can take some time, so be patient. Using your orangewood stick, scrap gently the product of the nail bed from the cuticle area towards the end of your finger. Once you have done this stage you may find a little product is still on there, repeat step three again. Do this to each finger until each nail is clear of the product.

  1. Wash your wash to remove any last product that may be on the skin from removal. Using a nail buffer or emery board file your natural nails gently on one direction from the outside to the centre to seal the end of your nail.

She also has some top tips for final touches, if you have any clear nail varnishes or nail strengthener do try and apply this to the nails, allow them to dry and then make sure you apply Slixir onto your hands and around the cuticles to make them soft and moisturized.

Make sure you also apply Slixir before you go to sleep as throughout the day you may be doing a lot of hand washing, the colloidal oats in Slixir provide essential overnight nourishment to your skin after all that washing.

Everyone at our HQ is sending out positive vibes, we want to remind everyone to stay safe & healthy during this difficult time we find ourselves in.


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