While having a great hair, shave and skin care regime has a huge impact on your grooming credentials, it’s the finer details that take you from good to great in the grooming stakes. These added extras are often the things that we neglect, particularly with the hectic lifestyle of the modern man, but if you can take the time and effort to get these little details right then it will make all the difference. Hand and nail care is one of those finer details.
Now I know what you’re all thinking, taking care of your hands and nails isn’t exactly the most ‘manly’ thing to do. But before anyone writes it off, let me ask you this; would you want to be felt up by sandpaper? Or shake hands with someone who has unkempt, gruesome nails? Didn’t think so.
We all spend so much time worrying about having a six pack, or getting the perfect tan, but for normal everyday things like a meeting or a date, or important occasions like a job interview, your hands take centre stage along with your hair and skin. It’s for these reasons then that we should take time and effort to ensure our hands and nails don’t let us down.
The at home man-incure
Right then gents, here’s what you need to be doing to keep your hands and nails in check. I’ve called it a man-icure (cheesy I know) for want of a better phrase, but it doesn’t involve going down to the nail salon and coming out with French tips (should I even know what that means!?). Like most men’s grooming routines all it takes is a little know how, and a handful of good products and your on your way.
Step 1: Start by washing your hands and soaking them in warm water. Just like washing your face before shaving, this will ensure you’re clean, prepped and softened before you begin.
Step 2: Clean under the nail and push back the softened cuticles (taking extra care) using the Tweezerman Pushy & Nail Cleaner Tool.
Step 3: With a pair of good quality clippers like the Tweezerman Deluxe Nail Clipper, get to work on cutting your nails. Be sure to take extra care because removing too much nail will be painful, and unsightly, so I’d recommend leaving around one millimetre of growth at end of the nail (the white bit).
Step 4: Giving your nails a smooth, precise finish requires some quality time with good old Mr Nail File, or in this case the Pedro Ceramic. When smoothing the edges of your freshly trimmed nails, be sure to file in the same direction (not back and forth) until you’ve shaped the edges your earlier (handy) work.
Step 5: Now if you choose to you can finish with a spot of Jessica Matte 4 Men, which even though it looks like a nail varnish, is more of a finishing treatment. Moisturising your freshly prepped cuticles and maintaining the strength of your nails it ensures your hard work lasts as long as possible. You won’t even have to worry about it being notices as the no-shine matte finish is very discreet.
Tip: Applying a daily hand cream is a given (more on which one in a bit), but if you want to get the best out of it and leave your hands extra soft – apply a larger amount of cream before going to bed to let the cream soak in overnight.
Post man-icure, choosing a good quality, nourishing hand cream will keep your mitts in tip top shape for longer. Here are a few of my favourites…