Um, What the Heck Is Cuticle Oil and Why Do I Desperately Need It?

We know it’s tempting to scroll through Insta or reply to the millions of emails on your phone while you’re at The W, but have you ever paid attention to your nail tech as you’re getting the full mani treatment? If so, you might’ve noticed the grand finale when they apply cuticle oil to your freshly painted fingers. You probably also realized you practically do this at home when you DIY it. you think to yourself, Well, not exactly. Turns out, that liquid gold they’re swiping on your fingers could add a few extra days to your mani. That’s because the cuticle oil adds an extra barrier on top of your nail polish to protect it. So, when you accidentally hit your nails on the steering wheel driving home from the salon, the cuticle oil will help it slip rather than smudge your beautiful tips. Even better? Cuticle oil moisturizes scuffed up cuticles, with the added power of fixing extremely dry, cracked nails. Sadly, not all cuticle oils are created equally. Which is exactly why we decided to make our own! Since we couldn’t find anything stellar on the market, we infused ours with natural, super-absorbing oils and vitamins, so your cuticles will be repaired and moisturized after using our oil often (but more on that later!). Sound too good to be true? You’re in luck, babe. This oil is your key to success. But just in case you’ve still got some q’s about cuticle oil, let’s see if we can answer some of your burning questions…

Should I only use cuticle oil after a manicure?

Heck no! You can use cuticle oil in so many instances. Polish or no polish, your nails will absolutely love a drop of that hydration. Want the best results? Apply some overnight to fully absorb into your cuticles, or after every time you wash your hands to avoid them from drying out. But that being said, there are a few no-nos when it comes to application…

How should I apply cuticle oil?

Yeah, we totally get it—we’re kind-of obsessed with cuticle oil, but try not to go overboard with it. Only a small amount of cuticle oil is necessary. This is potent stuff we’re talking about ladies, so small quantities will provide the deep moisturizing magic you’re looking for. Also, you’ll notice that cuticle oils come in two different forms: brushed on, similar to nail polish, or in a pen-like applicator, which will provide a much neater application (we’ll get to the latter in a sec!).

Where can I get my hands on some?

Glad ya asked! Here at The W Nail Bar, we carry two pen-like applicator cuticle oils: The Jean and The Lulu. Take a look below for the 411 on each! How does cuticle oil help nails

The Jean Cuticle Oil ($12)

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Nail selfies over regular selfies, any day. Mind if we introduce you to our magical Jean Cuticle Oil? She’s kind of amazing. Uplifting with a refreshing, spa-blend of fragrances, this oil is everything you need to take your nails to the next level. In fact, think of her as your new BFF—always ready for the perfect selfie. How does cuticle oil help nails

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The Lulu Cuticle Oil ($12)

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NBD, but your nails look amazing. Consider this your wake-up call. A citrusy blend of fragrances awakens your senses and conditions your cuticles like a pro. So, before you have your morning cup of joe, we recommend rolling with our super-uplifting Lulu Cuticle Oil first. —

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