If you want to give yourself a manicure or a pedicure, a three-way buffer is essential. A buffer can remove uneven ridges, stains, and roughness which can make your nails look unattractive. A three-way buffer has sides that consist of different strengths of abrasion. It is not necessary to use nail polish after you buff your nails. A three-way buffer will give your nails a healthy natural look. Here are some tips that show you the proper buffing techniques.

Remove any old nail polish with a cotton pad moistened with non-acetone polish remover. Avoid using acetone-based remover if your nails are brittle. Wash your hands thoroughly to remove any traces of polish remover.

Use the gritty side of the nail buffer to remove roughness, ridges and stains. Start at the base of your fingernail and work your way up towards the tip of the nail. Rub the nail buffer across the entire width of your nail using a back and forth motion. Gently buff your nails for at least 15 seconds. Avoid overusing the gritty side of the buffer because it can weaken and thin the nail.

Repeat the technique used in step 2 to sand your nails with the second side of the buffer that is less rough. Buff your nails for 10 -15 seconds with this side of the buffer. Buffing can stimulate blood flow to the nail which encourages nail growth. It is also perfect for smoothing the nail surface.

Continue to buff your nails with the third side of the nail buffer using the same technique used in the previous steps. Use a vigorous back and forth motion across the width of the nail to create a glossy look.

Apply a small dab of beeswax and buff with chamois if you desire even more shine.