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In this guide, we will share the four steps you should keep in mind to maintain clean, neat nails. You can do it yourself with the right tools in less than 10 minutes every 10 days. This process doesn’t take a lot of time, and you can easily get into the habit of perfecting a simple at-home nail routine.

Nail care for guys can be a touchy subject...

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According to Esquire, "2022 is the Year of the Menicure.” Clean, well-groomed nails make you feel presentable and also give a positive impression to others, whether this be on the dating scene or in the workplace. Taking care of your nails also improves their strength and health. Plus, you don’t need to go to the nail salon every 3 weeks to achieve this either.

Just follow this simple guide and you’ll be on your way to keeping yourself presentable at the lowest cost!


  1. Nail clipper
  2. Nail file
  3. Cuticle oil
  4. Nail varnish

Step 1: CLIP

Clipping your nails will ensure that they stay a manageable length. Make sure you clip in small sections with your nail clipper, so the trimmed nail follows the natural curve of your nail. The finished look should show a slim border of white nail.

TOP TIP: Cut your nails after taking a shower. The warm water softens your nails which makes it easier to cut them.

Step 2: NEATEN

Nail files… (now stick with us), are going to be your best mate on this nail care journey. They’re the perfect tool for keeping your nails looking neat and tidy.
File perpendicular to the nail in gentle motions to smooth any rough edges. Then, flip the file to the finer side and repeat the process.

Step 3: TRIM

Cuticle care is essential for maintaining healthy nails. Soften the tissue then gently push the cuticle back from the nail; this can be done carefully with a nail file.

TOP TIP: Using cuticle oil around the top of the nail will keep your nails growing strong and healthy.


To maintain a natural shine to your nails, we would recommend applying a varnish as the final step to the routine. This helps to strengthen and protect your nails. You can use a clear or colourful polish, depending on your prefernce. If you want to go full Harry Styles nail art or just wanting try something new there are plenty of options for everyone!

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