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Secrets to Getting a Salon-worthy Manicure at Home:

Make sure that your efforts count by giving your nails the optimal nail care
By Motherpedia
Date: June 06 2015
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Learn how to keep your nails looking healthy and fresh and get a salon- worthy manicure at home with these simple nail care tips:  
  •  Avoid chemical based hand wash
    Use a milky hand wash - avoid soaps that contain the harsh chemical Triclosan (often marked as antibacterial) and instead look for naturally antibacterial ingredients such as tea tree oil or eucalyptus. This will keep your hands and nails moisture and avoid dryness.  
  • Cuticle Care  
    Learn proper cuticle care - don’t ever cut cuticles as they can open you up to infections and make them look worse. Firstly, exfoliate hands with a body scrub to soften the cuticle and then push them back with a manicure tool.    
  • Protect me please
    Rubber gloves are your friends - keep fingernails dry and clean as this prevents bacteria from growing under your fingernails. Wear rubber gloves when washing dishes, cleaning or using harsh chemicals, to protect your hands and nails.   
  • Use the correct nail tools  
    Practice good hygiene - use a sharp manicure scissors or clippers. Trim your nails straight across, then round the tips in a gentle curve.   
  • Moisturise regularly  
    Give yourself a little manicure - soak your nails once a week or when feeling dry and tired, with warm water and a moisturising soap – you can use baby oil that has vitamin E which helps them to keep soft.  
  • Take a break
    Always have a break in between colouring – nails are made of layers of dead keratin, so if they do not breathe, they will weaken if they’re constantly covered in polish.   
  • Flick the acetone based removers!
    Don’t use acetone based nail polish and removals – acetone makes your nails soft which can cause the nail to break and chip. If your nail polish has passed its expiration date, throw it away.  
  • Strengthen your nails
    Apply TLC Nails as a base coat under polish or wear as a clear basecoat to protect from nail polish and strengthen your nails.  
  • Toenails count too!
    Everything that applies to your fingernails can also be applied to your toenails, so give them the care they need to avoid any infections or nail deterioration.   


In an Australian first, TLC Nails is the only fast-drying base coat nail polish which assists in avoiding the deterioration of nails that can be suffered from fungal nail infections.  
tlc-nails-bottleTLC Nails is laboratory formulated with Undecenoic Acid, an active ingredient that has a 2 in 1 benefit that helps to diminish the effects of fungal nails, and it helps keeping them healthy and free from infections. Importantly, it is free of harmful chemicals and toxins such as Formaldehyde, Toluene and Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP).   Not only does TLC Nails assist with nail infections, but it also helps nail polish to last longer! It can be worn on its own, rocking out a great manicure and pedicure, or applied as a regular base coat by adding your favourite colour polish over the top.   

TLC Nails is suitable for women who have suffered from fungal nail infections, or would like to use it as a preventative base coat to maintain healthy looking nails.    

The Recommended Retail Price (RRP) for TLC Nails is $25 and it can be purchased online at

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