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How to Give Yourself a Professional At-Home Manicure

In case you, too, are planning on ditching nail salons.

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A recent multi-part investigative report by the New York Times has brought to light the ugly underbelly of New York's nail salons, finding that workers receive little to no pay and face hazardous health conditions to provide customers with a dirt-cheap nail job.

I already do my own nails, more out of budgetary concerns than anything — nail polish inevitably peels from my nails after just a few days, so any time I've had a manicure I feel like I've wasted money. But after reading the Times report, even my occasional indulgence feels exploitative. 

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So, for me personally, the solution is to double-down on my at-home technique. I've gotten halfway decent at doing my own nails — they don't look like I've let a toddler at my hands with a bottle of nail polish — but it could use some finessing. I've trusted YouTube vlogger Tiffany D for years; something about her faint Southern accent makes me feel like she's one of my cooler older cousins. Her video about doing at-home manicures goes beyond a step-by-step tutorial, which you can find anywhere, and instead goes over her preferred products and her personal technique tricks.

So whether you're just looking to improve your mani-pedi technique or giving up a weekly salon habit, this is the perfect video to get started.

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