Hey guys 👋! Welcome to my blog; I think you’re here because of a google search for ‘how to buff nails without a buffer.’ Well, it’s time to kill those google searches because that’s what I’m going to be doing in this post.
- 1 how to buff nails without a buffer(step – by step guide)
- 2 Tips for buff nails without a buffer
- 3 FAQ’s for buff nails without a buffer
how to buff nails without a buffer(step – by step guide)
Step 1: gather your materials
1 – cuticle remover (I recommend Zoya Remove+ because it is gentle and strengthens the nails)
2 – nail file (preferably a glass one like I mentioned in my previous post )
3 – hand lotion (optional)
4 – plastic bag/egg carton/paper plate/etc. to rest your hand on while filing
Step 2: soak off old layers of nail polish(if applicable) or push back your cuticles, remove any excess skin around the nails and cuticles with the remover, and then wipe off excess with a paper towel. Then wash hands.
Step 3: filing your nails Now, this step is pretty self-explanatory; take a file and gently smooth out the top of your nails until you’ve removed the layers of old nail polish/excess cuticle. I recommend starting with one side of your nails and filing in long strokes, and this is because if you have a nail shape that needs work, it’s harder to keep them even( square, round, etc.) If you have brittle or weak nails, do not file aggressively or for an extended period. We want strong, healthy nails! I always file my nails when they are wet, so water doesn’t get trapped under my nails; some people say it helps strengthen their nails by soaking them in hot water first, but I haven’t tried that yet, so don’t quote me on that.
Step 4: Apply lotion and wait. So now we’re going to moisturize our hands and wait until it has absorbed into the skin. I always moisturize my nails after I file them because they’re already open to moisture and could potentially trap water under the pin, which is not suitable for your nail growth (and we don’t want that)
Step 5: buffing time! After you’ve waited for about 3-5 minutes, take your buffer and gently run over the top of your nails, do not apply pressure, or you will have a mess on your hands. You can do this as long as necessary(I honestly do it until I feel like my nails are smooth enough). Make sure to be gentle with any raggedy edges, and you’ll probably need to find a different way to shape those parts of your nail.
Step 6: moisturize your nails again, and you’re done! Also, I do not recommend using a buffer daily because it can wear away at your nail material, but if you want to do it every once in a while, go ahead. Let me know if this helped or what other guides/tutorials you want to see on my blog!
Tips for buff nails without a buffer
#1: soak cuticles with remover or oil, wipe off excess fat and let nails dry entirely before filing
#2: file nails in long strokes starting from one side of the nail bed, do not file back and forth.
#3: keep hands moisturized post-buffing for about 5 minutes to help your nails absorb the moisture again.
#4: If you have weak or brittle nails, please be gentle with any filing and buffing, and don’t overdo it! (a little is okay but go easy)
FAQ’s for buff nails without a buffer
Ques. What are the benefits of buffing nails without a buffer?
Ans. I’m not entirely sure of all the benefits, but it is safer for your nails because you’re not putting as much pressure on them to cause damage. Buffing your nails helps remove layers of old nail polish. It smoothes out bumps, ridges, raggedy edges, etc., that can cause bacteria or fungus between your fingers(gross) or underneath/around your cuticles, leading to infections if not adequately treated by a doctor. Also, note that using harsh chemicals on nails multiple times is never good, so this method is way more gentle than many others!
Ques. Can I use my normal nail file instead of a glass one?
Ans. Yes, absolutely, but if you have a nasty habit of filing your nails aggressively or for an extended period, I highly recommend the glass file so it doesn’t take away from your nail material.
Ques. I have weak/brittle nails can I use this method?
Ans. Please do not buff your nails unless they are in good health and won’t break easily or contain any raggedy edges that could trap bacteria under your pin, causing an infection! If you’re having problems with brittle/weak nails, please look into other methods to help strengthen them, such as soaking them in hot water, taking vitamins(vitamin e, C, D), eating lots of protein, harsh chemicals like household cleaners, or nail polish remover, and not wearing gloves when washing dishes (NOTE: this method won’t fix all your problems).
Ques. Do you use a buffer?
Ans. I used to, but honestly, I can no longer afford it, so I had to come up with other ways to buff my nails ^_^;
Ques. How often do you buff your nails?
Ans. To be honest, only as needed or once every couple of weeks just because I don’t want to wear down my nail material too fast/often. If you’re having issues with fungus or raggedy nails around your cuticles please look into filing those parts of your nail instead and if they continue please see a doctor!
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