Maintaining your nails helps prevent cracks, uneven ridges, splits, and stains. Nowadays, many people opt for at-home manicures and pedicures rather than visiting the salon or spa. All you need is a quality and complete nail kit to get started. The tools required for a manicure are similar to those required for a pedicure, with a few exceptions. Regardless, it's important to have the necessary tools before attempting a DIY manicure or pedicure. This article outlines some essential tools for your nail kit.

Nail Buffer

Nail Buffer


A nail buffer helps to exfoliate the nail surface to even out the ridges and create a smooth foundation for applying nail polish.

Before painting, try to buff them to ensure that the nail polish adheres more evenly for a flawless finish. Buffing gives your nail a glossy shine to make it more attractive. So, try to use the best nail buffer to get rid of a jagged nail edge, remove stains left by the nail polish, and boost blood circulation to promote faster, healthier nail growth.

A typical nail buffer has an ergonomic design with varying levels of abrasion. Each side is assigned a number from one to four. Specifically, the rougher side is used for filing the nail whilst the remaining three come with different grits that include fine grit, medium grit, and coarse grit. These grits help to even out the texture, leaving a smooth finish. All in all, nail buffers are essential for achieving smooth and shiny nails. Best of all, they are cost-effective and versatile.

Pushers and Nippers

Pushers and nippers are essential items found in nail kits. Before using a nipper or pusher, start by soaking your fingernails or toenails in a solution of warm water for about five minutes. Apply some oil to each cuticle and gently rub. Then, use the rounded edge of the pusher to push back the cuticle. However, try not to apply excessive force to prevent damage to the skin. If your cuticles are too difficult to push back, consider soaking your nails in warm water solution for an extended period. Remember to scrape away dirt and debris using the pointed end of the pusher.

Nail Clippers

Nail Clippers


Your nail kit is incomplete without a pair of nail clippers and a nail file. Remember that clipping haphazardly can result in uneven or painful ingrown nails, that's why nail experts recommend getting separate sets of clippers for your fingernails and toenails.

Regular nail care is critical for ensuring healthy, good-looking nails. You don't have to wait for your nails to grow too long before trimming them. So, make a habit of trimming them every few weeks, and don't forget to file your nails after clipping them. Fortunately, many nail trimmers are outfitted with a combination file and pick which come in handy for achieving a smoother finish, while the pick is for cleaning underneath the nails.

Pumice Stone

Pumice stones are an excellent tool for exfoliating the heels of your feet which often develop a layer of callused skin that can become scaled or cracked over time. Before using a pumice stone, soak your callused skin in warm water for a couple of minutes to soften the hard skin. It's easier to remove the skin when it is soft and supple.

Wet the pumice stone so it can slide more easily across your feet. Then, use the pumice stone to scrub tough areas of your feet and rub gently over the callused skin. Try not to scrub too hard to avoid irritating the skin around your feet and keep sloughing away until all the dead skin comes off. The desired outcome is usually fresh, supple skin.