If you’ve ever tried to do your own manicure at home, you may already know that there are things that can go wrong. Paying a professional might seem like a steep cost, but the reality is that it could save your nails. Here are a few things to keep in mind about at-home care and how it could go wrong.

1. Filing mistakes

Getting your nails to look similar is how to give your whole manicure a polished look, but it can be difficult. Filing your nails with the nondominant hand makes for easy mistakes. On top of this, if you’re buffing or grinding the nails with tools, you could go down too far and damage the top layers of your nail or hit skin. Ouch!

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2. Cuticle cleaning

If you plan to use clippers to clean up your cuticles, beware! One slip means lacerations on your fingers that may bleed profusely. That isn’t likely to happen if another person is clipping the cuticles, since he or she will have a better angle to work with.

3. Painting mishaps

From smudges to getting hair caught in your polish, it’s all too easy to get paint that doesn’t look right. Using too much paint even means it may never dry or take longer than expected.

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Of course, there are many reasons to head to a salon other than avoiding mishaps. The level of professional service you receive isn’t matched elsewhere. There’s a wide range of products you’re unlikely to have at home, and you’ll receive extra services, like hand and arm massages, hot towel service and others that you may not have thought to have at home. Salons have licensed professionals there ready to help you look your best. These are just a few things that can go wrong with your at-home manicure and a few reasons to pamper yourself at a nail salon instead. For the best results, leave it to the professionals.


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