Tip Tuesday: hot oil soak aka hot oil manicure

I’ve discovered lately my nails have been very dry and no matter how much lotion I use, I can’t quite revive my cracked, peeling cuticles. As I customarily do, I searched Google for an answer. I knew I wanted something natural.

I began to find a few articles about oils, which led me to a hot oil soak or hot oil manicure. It is exactly like it sounds. I researched different oils and finally came up with my own version using jojoba oil, vitamin E oil and castor oil — all of which I already had on hand.

Here’s my recipe and the steps I took to better looking cuticles. *Note: this experiment is still a work in progress and will definitely require a couple of rounds.

Ingredients & Directions:

• 1 tablespoon Jojoba oil

• 1 tablespoon Castor oil

• 1 tablespoon Vitamin E oil

Mix oils in a microwave safe dish for 30 seconds. Test to determine if it’s too hot. If it’s not hot enough, try another 5 seconds.

File nails to desired shape and length. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

File nails to desired shape and length.
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File nails to desired length and shape. Place finger tips in the bowl and soak for 10 to 15 minutes. You can soak longer if you want, but it may require another round in the microwave. Once nails have soaked, massage cuticles in the oil mixture. Use a washcloth or cuticle stick to carefully push back cuticles.

Soak nails for 10 to 15 minutes. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Soak nails for 10 to 15 minutes. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

You can either continue massaging the oil in order to leave the oil on overnight or you can wipe off the excess. That’s it.


Oil Choices

You could use any oils, including olive oil, sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil, however I chose these specific oils for a reason. Oils have been known for centuries for its healing properties and can be better than high end cuticle creams.

Jojoba oil

Jojoba (pronounced ho-ho-bah) oil comes from the jojoba plant (of course) and is found in dry places including Mexico, Arizona and California. The oil is very moisturizing and is found in lots of cosmetic products, lotions as well as shampoos and conditioners. It’s also anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and closely resembles human sebum.

Jojoba oil can be used to moisturize dry brittle nails, cuticles. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Jojoba oil can be used to moisturize dry brittle nails, cuticles.
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Here are some of its uses — leave-in conditioner or hot oil treatment, gets rid of build-up that can clog the scalp, natural hair serum, facial or body moisturizer, lip balm, facial cleanser, makeup remover, massage oil, foot softener, and scalp massage.

Castor oil

Highly recognized as a remedy for constipation, this oil is not only anti-fungal, but anti-bacterial. It can be used as an eyelash and eyebrow growth serum, promotes faster hair growth, treats dandruff, added to conditioner it promises to make hair softer and healthier, hydrates skin, lip balm, sunburn remedy, reduces appearance of scars over time, treats dry cracked heels and cuticles as well as brittle nails.

Castor oil can be used to treat dry nails, cuticles. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Castor oil can be used to treat dry nails, cuticles.
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Vitamin E oil

It can be used as a moisturizer, has anti-aging benefits, soothes sunburn, skin cleanser, makeup remover, increases circulation of blood in the scalp, stimulates hair growth, repairs split ends, fades scars, treats eczema and psoriasis, treats dry nails and cuticles. It also can be used as a lip balm and to heal cold sores.

Vitamin E oil can be used to cure dry nails, cuticles. https://thehousethatwalkerbuilt.wordpress.com/

Vitamin E oil can be used to cure dry nails, cuticles.
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What are some ways you use these oils? Do you have tips to combat dry, cracked nails or cuticles. Let me know via twitter, facebook, or instagram.

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