How to Make a Homemade Polishing Buffer

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How to Make a Homemade Polishing Buffer
A homemade buffer is an inexpensive way to take care of your nails. (Goodshoot/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Buffing your nails can keep them looking healthy and prevent them from getting dull and losing their natural shine. Commercial nail buffers are the most common buffing tool, but they wear out quickly and need to be replaced often. Making a homemade nail buffer is an easy and inexpensive way to keep your nails beautiful and healthy.

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Things you need

  • Cotton cloth
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Vitamin E lotion

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  1. 1

    Cut a 4-by-4-inch square from a piece of soft cotton cloth. Set aside.

  2. 2

    Soak your hands in a bowl of warm water.

    How to Make a Homemade Polishing Buffer
    Soaking nails softens them and prepares them for buffing. (Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)
  3. 3

    Place three drops of lavender essential oil on the cotton cloth.

  4. 4

    Rub the cloth on each of your nails, allowing the lavender oil and the rubbing to shine and smooth your nails.

    How to Make a Homemade Polishing Buffer
    Lavender oil helps strengthen your nails as you buff them. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)
  5. 5

    Massage vitamin E lotion into your nails and hands.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not buff your nails more than once a week because it could weaken your nails.
  • Jojoba oil is a good alternative to lavender essential oil if you are allergic to lavender.

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