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How to Maintain Healthy Nails: the Ultimate Nail Shape Guide

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We all love perfectly manicured nails. They instantly transform our hands into something beautiful and can lift our spirits. You have to make some decisions when you visit a salon to get your mani-pedi session. What color and shape are you looking for? If all you have in your mind is square and round, then you are probably living under a rock. This article will be a real eye-opener for you. We have compiled a guide of the various nail shapes, from oval to square and almond to coffin. This will help you to choose the right manicure for you.

Guide to Nail Shape

Below are some possible nail shapes you can make at home.

1. Round Shaped Nail

The classic round shape can be used with straight sides or round edges. This shape suits people with shorter nails. It is easy to maintain and works well with all fingers.

Fun fact: This shape ruled the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Now it’s back with a sass.

2. Square-shaped Nails

Because they have wider nail beds, square-shaped nails are the best for long fingers. It is a flattering shape that follows your natural nails’ width.

3. Oval-shaped Nails

You can file your nails down to the sides and tips. This gives your fingers an elegant look. This shape makes your fingers look longer, and is best for those with smaller hands.

4. Nails with a Squoval Shape

Squoval, as the name implies, is a combination of oval and square. It is actually a soft-square shape. You get the best of both the square and oval edges, but it has softened corners.

5. Almond-shaped Nails

The oval shape is filed along the sides, but the tip is slimmer. The shape is similar to an almond because the nail wall has a tapered edge and the tip has a round peak. This shape is great for short fingers and makes them appear longer. It can be a little difficult to wear almond-shaped nails because they can cause your nails to become fragile, and can therefore break easily.

6. Stiletto Shaped Nails

Stiletto nails are long and have a pointed tip. They can be difficult to achieve. They can make your life difficult, no matter how cool they look. Celebrity nails can be a hindrance to your daily activities like dressing, eating, typing and so on. Riri loves this nail shape.

7. Coffin-shaped Nails

This nail shape, also known as squareletto, or ballerina is difficult to achieve, but it is worth the effort. These nails are The Bold Type and look similar to the ballerina slippers or a coffin. This shape is only possible with long nails so people use acrylic and gel nails. This is Kylie Jenner’s signature nail shape, a stiletto that has a square edge.

8 Mountain Peak-Shaped Nails

Stiletto nails have a shorter length, a sharper edge and a wider base. It’s sleek, simple, delicate, and easy to use.

9. Lipstick-shaped nails

It’s so flattering to see a fresh new lipstick cut. We secretly try to keep it in shape for as long as possible. This new nail shape was inspired by a new bullet lipstick that has a squared, slanting end and flat edges.

Tips for nail care

Once you have figured out the shape of your nails, here are some easy nail care tips that you can do at home to maintain beautiful nails.

1. Stop Biting Your Nails

This habit can have many consequences. It makes your nails look ugly, weak, and brittle, and it can also be dangerous for your health. The germs in your nails can spread to your mouth, which can lead to stomach infections and other diseases.

2. Moisturization is key

Your nails should be moisturized just like your hair. Your nails will be strong, shiny, and healthy if you moisturize them.

There is no need to use a separate moisturizer for your nails. You can use any oil or hand cream, as well as vaseline, for them.

3. Trim! Trim! Trim!

For healthy growth of your nails and hair, trimming is important. You can make your nails grow longer and more strong by following a regular routine.

4. Never remove your polish yourself!

You should not scrape off nail paint. This can cause your nails to become rough and may even strip your top layer. Use an acetone-free nail polish remover.

5. Do not file your nails!

Do not be too rough with your nails when filing them. To smoothen the edges, only go in one direction. If you continue to work hard, your nails will become blunt and won’t allow for any shaping.

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