Transitioning to a Vegan Nail Routine : How to Get Started
Have you been considering transitioning to a vegan nail routine but don't know where to start? You're not alone. Making the switch to vegan nail products can be a daunting task, but it's worth the effort not just for the health benefits but also for the benefit of the environment and animal life.
What is Vegan Nail Polish?
Vegan nail polish is a type of nail polish that is free from any animal-derived ingredients, such as carmine, guanine, or shellac. It is also free from any animal testing during the production process. They are typically made with plant-based ingredients such as mica, which provides a shimmery effect, and plant-based solvents like ethyl lactate or butyl acetate, which help the polish to dry quickly and smoothly.
Many vegan nail polish brands use natural pigments and dyes derived from fruits and vegetables to create a wide range of vibrant colours.
Preparing to Transition to a Vegan Nail Routine
When planning to transition to a vegan nail routine, begin by evaluating your current nail care routine. List any non-vegan products you currently use, such as traditional nail polish or nail strengtheners.
This will help you identify which products you need to replace with vegan alternatives. Look for brands that are committed to using only vegan, cruelty-free ingredients and have a sustainable and ethical business model.
Before making the switch to a vegan nail routine it is also important to invest in the right equipment so that you can maintain healthy and beautiful nails. You will need a quality nail file, cuticle pusher, and nail buffer. You may also want to consider investing in a non-toxic topcoat to extend the life of your vegan nail polish.
Steps for Transitioning to a Vegan Nail Routine
Making the switch to a vegan nail routine may seem challenging at first, especially if you are used to traditional nail products.
However, by following some simple steps, you can make a smooth transition to a vegan nail routine.
Removing non-vegan nail polish
The first step in transitioning to a vegan nail routine is to remove any non-vegan nail polish from your nails. Always choose an Non-acetone Nail polish Remover to leave your nails less brittle and dehydrated.
Preparing your nails
Prepare your nails for polish by filing and buffing them to the desired shape and smoothness. Apply a cuticle oil to soften your cuticles and push them back gently with a cuticle pusher.
Choosing your Top+Base coat
As part of any nail routine, a top coat and base coat are essential because they protect your nails, prevent staining, and prevent colour chipping. Look for a coat that is free from harmful chemicals and contains nourishing ingredients such as fatty acids and vitamin E.
Select your vegan nail polish colours
Consider your skin tone and personal style when selecting colours. Neutral shades, such as beige and nude are popular choices and can be worn for any occasion.
Bright colours like blue and red make a bold statement. Look for vegan polish colours that complement your skin tone and reflect your personal style.
Applying vegan nail polish
When applying vegan nail polish, start with a base coat to protect your nails and help the polish adhere better.
Then, apply two coats of your chosen colour, allowing each coat to dry completely before applying the next one. Finish with a layer of top coat for added shine and protection.
Some common mistakes to avoid when transitioning to a vegan nail routine include skipping the base coat, applying too thick of a layer of polish, and not allowing each layer to dry completely before applying the next.
Maintaining Your Vegan Nail Routine
To maintain your vegan nail routine, keep your nails hydrated by applying Nail and Cuticle Oil regularly. This will leave your nails in beautiful and healthy condition.
Also, avoid using your nails as tools for opening lids and for other uses, as this can cause them to break or chip.
To keep your vegan nail polish in good condition, store it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. This will help prevent the polish from drying out or becoming discoloured.
Touching-up Vegan Nail Polish
If you experience any chips or cracks in your vegan nail polish, you can easily touch them up with a small brush and a bit of polish. Just be sure to allow each layer to dry completely before applying the next. Apply another thin layer of top coat to seal the colour.
Transitioning to a vegan nail routine is a great way to make a more ethical and sustainable choice in your daily life. By choosing vegan nail polish and investing in the right tools and routines, you can maintain healthy and beautiful nails without compromising your values.
If you're thinking of transitioning to a vegan nail routine, we encourage you to give Soyclay’s range of high-quality vegan nail polishes a try. Not only will you be making a positive impact on the world around you, but you'll also be treating yourself to a fun and creative nail-care routine.