Pretty nails with clear nail polish

Natural Pretty Nails: How to Get Pretty Nails

Wow! I don’t know what’s going on with my nails, but they are longer, stronger, and prettier than they’ve ever been.

I lie.

I do know what’s going on with my nails.

Like many other things on my body (understand: my hair), I’ve decided to do away with all the fuss and artificiality with which we normally deal with parts of our body that we consider portrayers of beauty.

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For me, natural is easier and so is the way I choose to go.

Honestly, I never intended this to be a statement of any sort…at first.

The truth is: I can’t keep a manicure intact for more than two days.

When I finally came to this realization, I decided to stop struggling with manicures and instead treat my nails more in accordance to what they are naturally.

A quick scan of my mental recesses reminded me of a conversation I had with a dear friend back when I was 18.

On a lazy summer afternoon, when my friend Liliane and I were hanging out at my place, I noticed that she had the most perfect, natural-looking nails that I had ever seen.

Liliane is a natural beauty, so it occurred to me to put it down to good genes.

Still, I thought I would ask her: was there a secret to her pretty nails?

Surprisingly, she told me that there was.

Her secret, she said, was that she had recently started to buff her nails regularly.

Having never heard of nail buffing before, she went on to explain to me that nail buffing was a process that involved polishing nails with increasingly smooth surfaces until the nails were shiny and smooth.

The results she had achieved were simply stunning!

Pretty nails on hands and feet together

Back to me and my unpreservable manicures.

The way forward, I decided, was to try out the secret Liliane had shared with me so long ago.

Maybe, just maybe, I too could have pretty nails that would last longer than my manicures did by using this simple procedure.

(Does it matter where you get your nail treatments done? Is a manicure or pedicure essentially the same regardless of the establishment that provides the service? Read my thoughts on that in Are All Pedicures Equal?)

Putting Nail Buffing to the Test

One day, as I was strolling through downtown Nairobi, I entered Beauty Options on Kimathi Street to pick up some beauty products that I needed.

As I was getting those, I happened to see a very inexpensive buffing block (Ksh. 139) that I quickly threw into my basket of items.

That evening, I buffed my nails for the very first time.

How to Buff Your Nails

I first used the roughest surface on the buffing block to file my nails into shape.

I then used the next smoother surface to even out any ridges on my nails.

I followed that by a third surface which brought my nails to a smooth matte finish.

Finally, I finished my nails off using the smoothest surface of all, to give my nails a high-definition shine.

It was all quite simple to figure out since the order of surfaces to use was marked on the block itself.

My original plan was to then finish my nail treatment by applying a layer of clear nail polish on my nails for extra shine.

When I saw my nails after buffing, though, that last step became redundant.

My nails already looked smooth and clean and shined as though I was already wearing clear nail varnish.

I would never have believed it if I had not seen it for myself!

It’s been about a year down the road of weekly nail buffing and my nails look (almost) as good as my friend’s did on that lazy summer afternoon.

I cannot believe it, but now I am one of those women who receives compliments about her beautiful strong nails, when this had never been the case for 20+ years prior.

If you’ve been looking for an easy, natural way to take care of your nails, nail buffing might be just the thing for you.

To find out more, watch this short video on how to buff your nails.

Now you know the secret! 😉

Wishing you beautiful nails,

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6 thoughts on “Natural Pretty Nails: How to Get Pretty Nails”

I always wonder why my manicure lasts about 24 hours while my pedicure lasts for upto two weeks! Will go buy that buffing block and let you know since even clear nail polish has become a challenge for me.


That’s so my experience too! If I really want to, I can stretch my pedicure for a month (though it might start looking a little grimy!) but my manicure NEVER lasts more than 2 days. And I promise it’s not because I am doing dishes! 🙂 (Yep, like you that goes for clear nail polish too!)

I am looking forward to hearing about your nail buffing experience.


All buffed and shiny. And seems my friends in the office will take it up too.As I speak, one has borrowed my new buffing block and is doing her nails. Awesome, do share more nifty finds and shortcuts 🙂

Hi Kafai,

*clap, clap, clap*

I am so pleased this worked for you. I tell you: there is a way out of manicure hell! 🙂

Let me know how your nails react to this treatment over the long term. For me, I just can’t stop inadvertently scratching my eyes every time I bring my hands to my face because I am not used to my nails being so long. But I can live with that. 🙂


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