Organic manicure is a new trend, linked to the interest in natural beauty care methods. Compared to conventional nail treatments, it is minimally invasive and therefore has a low level of risk.
Organic manicure, a new trend healthy
Is it worth choosing an organic manicure and why? Can you do it yourself at home?
Hybrid and gel manicures have become very popular in beauty salons in recent years. These two methods make it possible to obtain a durable and aesthetic nail varnish that lasts much longer than a classic varnish.
Unfortunately, aesthetic benefits are not necessarily good for women! Doctors warn that gel nails weaken the natural nail plate (also called the nail plate), and removing them with nail clippers can cause serious damage.
Hybrid nails are less controversial in this regard, but their hardening under the effect of UV lamps can accelerate the aging of the skin of the hands and increase the risk of skin cancer. In addition, the materials used to cover the nails can be a source of harmful carcinogens, including carcinogens.
It’s no surprise that the idea of an eco-friendly manicure — simple, natural, and risk-reducing — emerged as opposition to artificial nails, especially expensive and not necessarily safe procedures.
What is an organic manicure?
The idea of organic manicures goes back to the origins of nail care. The use of ceramic, plastic and wooden tools is encouraged instead of electrical appliances and metal nail files. There are even eco-friendly bamboo files on the market!
All treatments are minimally invasive to reduce the risk of damage to the nail plate, exposure to harmful compounds or mechanical trauma to the skin. For these reasons, as well as a lack of hygiene during or after the procedure, serious infections can occur!
Among the cosmetics used for organic manicures, cosmetics of natural origin are preferred, although acetone and conventional nail polishes are usually used.
However, many modern brands already offer creams, conditioners, and other products that are free of parabens, synthetic colors and fragrances, phthalates, sulfates, and mineral oils.
In general, throughout treatment, the emphasis is on maintaining healthy skin and nails and enhancing their natural beauty, rather than drastically changing their appearance. The principle of suffering for beauty is reversed: the pleasure of natural care is to ensure the beauty of our hands!
What is an organic manicure?
What does an organic manicure treatment look like? The first step is to get rid of the old varnish and all the remnants of other impurities. Then the cuticles are softened with the help of special baths or preparations, in order to gently push them back with the help of a special stick, rather than removing them.
It should be remembered that cutting the cuticles not only does not provide any aesthetic benefit, but makes the nails more susceptible to fungal and bacterial infections. Hands prepared in this way are sometimes scrubbed to exfoliate dead skin.
The nails are then filed using glass or plastic files to give them a nice shape. Rubbing olive oil and polishing the nail plate are also usually part of this step, ensuring a beautiful and healthy shine.
At this point, the treatment can be completed, but if the client wants a colored manicure, the plate is finally degreased and covered with the chosen shade of varnish. The final step, regardless of the nail polish applied, should be a careful application of an emollient hand cream.
Remark : Always file your nails in one direction to reduce breakage. Disinfect regularly and keep files dry!
Are there any downsides to organic manicure?
Can anyone fault such a safe and beneficial procedure? Unfortunately, the organic manicure is not an option for women who expect immediate and dramatic results, like nail extensions.
After all, it takes some time to see a visible improvement in the condition of your nails, and any aesthetic defects will only be resolved by the shortening of the nails and the time necessary for the plaque to regrow. So, if you need impressive nails that are long enough “for today”, an organic manicure probably won’t meet your expectations.
However, as with other types of manicure, treatments are not performed if fungus or warts are found on the nails, or if there is visible inflammation, cuts or allergies. Organic manicure is only practiced on healthy hands!
Organic manicure at home
Thanks to its simplicity and the fact that no special equipment is required, organic manicure can be easily done by yourself at home. All you need is a set of proper tools (not metal!), consisting of a cuticle exfoliating stick, files of varying thicknesses, and a polisher.
You’ll also need cosmetics, including an oil conditioner, cuticle softener, moisturizer, and ideally a hand scrub and mask.
Who is the organic manicure for?
In fact, the organic manicure is an alternative that can be recommended for everyone, regardless of age, style or even gender. After all, it’s the most natural way to take care of your hands. However, this method will be particularly beneficial for people whose nails are fragile, split, brittle or damaged by previous treatment, and which one wishes to restore to enjoy the beauty resulting from health rather than aesthetic tricks.
An organic manicure is of course also a real boon for all lovers of natural beauty treatments, or even a broader healthy lifestyle, respectful of your body and nature.
- Sanda Ali; ‘Experts warn of serious health risks associated with shellac, gel manicures’; access date: 2021-02-17
- Kellie Bramlet; “Is your manicure safe? »; consulted on: 2022-07-17
- Martha Stewart; “How to Give Yourself a Natural Manicure”; consulted on: 2022-07-17
- Emry Trantham; ‘Ten Ways to Keep Your Nails Beautiful Naturally’; consulted on: 2022-07-17
- Ramya Ashanta; ’25 Easy And Natural Nail Care Tips And Tricks To Try At Home’; consulted on: 2022-07-17