Manicure

How to perfect a manicure at home as nail salons remain closed

As a salon trip is out of the question, treating yourself to an at-home manicure is an easy alternative: iStock/The Independent
As a salon trip is out of the question, treating yourself to an at-home manicure is an easy alternative: iStock/The Independent

On 23 June, Boris Johnson announced that some lockdown restrictions in England would be eased to allow pubs, restaurants, campsites, hotels and hairdressers to reopen on 4 July, with social distancing measures in place.

These new guidelines haven’t extended to nails salons, however, or spas and tattoo parlours, which will remain closed.

The prime minister explained to the House of Commons that nail salons will be able to reopen when the government feels “confident” the business can operate “in a Covid-secure way”.

The decision to keep salons closed is due to the unavoidable close proximity between nail technicians and customers and often busy waiting areas that can make it difficult to adhere to social distancing.

The move has attracted criticism as nail salons have not had work for months,

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Get Salon-Worthy Nails At Home With These DIY Manicure Kits

A gift of self-care like a manicure is always a win. Whether you’re treating yourself, your mom, or your best friend, it’s safe to say that a little meaningful me-time goes a long way in uncertain times, like the ones we’ve presently found ourselves in. And if you’re looking for a feel-good activity to do while spending time at home, consider the DIY nail kit.

Sure, back in the day a Dopp kit with stainless-steel nail clippers might have been a boring gift. But today, with the way nail art has blown up, manicure sets are chic and useful — with sharp trimmers, cuticle oil, topcoat, and an emery board, all held inside a carrying case that you won’t want to hide inside a bathroom cabinet.

Ahead, the best manicure kits money can buy to bring the nail salon experience to your home.

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