DIY for Momma :: At-Home Dip Manicure

Many moms can’t find the word bored right now. Homework, constant cooking, after-school activities … all while many moms also try to work (either from home or in an office). It is pretty impossible to say the least.

Then there are some of us with teens and big kids that can’t find enough to do to keep from going batty. Take me for instance: I work from home as an online teacher. So the pandemic wasn’t a change for me; it’s my norm. I’m a mom of 3 older kids so they pretty much know how to do things for themselves, and my hubby owns a web design and marketing firm, so he’s in his home office working all day.

Like many moms when boredom strikes I can’t just take a beat and watch a movie and eat bonbons. I start projects. The first was redoing my backyard.

We created an entire oasis with a canopy overhead, new patio furniture, and even turf. That took one whole day. I’ve cleaned out closets, and organized all the things … you get it.

One particularly slow day over the pandemic I realized I had started polishing my nails every other day out of sheer boredom. I typically wear dip powder polish. I also typically am able to leave my house and go places, so of course I missed my nail place when the “stay at home” orders were in place. At the time, I decided to try teaching myself how to do dip nails.  Turns out it was much simpler than I thought it would be.

The kits are on Amazon and basically give you step-by-step instructions. It even tells you how to soak them off when you’re ready. The entire process took me about an hour and fifteen minutes. It was really therapeutic. I sat outside in my new backyard oasis and went to work.

The dip process in this particular kit was only 3 steps. It consisted of a base coat, then dip in the powder and repeat that twice. Then you polish on the activator which hardens the powder and then you shape the nails. After your nails are shaped to your liking, polish with a top coat and let air dry for 2 minutes. The nails dry hard and smooth just like in the salon!

The instructions were super easy to follow in the kit I used by the brand AIKKER. I would recommend doing one hand at a time. This way one hand would be completely done and dry; then begin the other hand. Who knows what I’ll figure out how to do next. I’m convinced there’s not much a mom can’t do if she has enough time on her hands.

Strong willed and determined since a little girl, this mom of three, wife, worship leader, writer, and career woman, believes dreams come true if you do the work. Nikyla hails from St. Louis, Mo, the “show me” state. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University and Southern University. She is a certified teacher and currently teaches at Louisiana Connections Academy. Her time out of the office is filled with family, friends and faith. She adores her three children Kyre, K’mya, and Kris and has been married to her childhood sweet heart Remiah Trask for fourteen years. Nikyla is currently a worship leader at Anchor Chapel in Baton Rouge. She has always been passionate about the things she sets her mind to. Her story of victory over severe anxiety disorder, after her third child, is truly one you must hear to believe. It will transform the way you view people with mental illness and even the way you view yourself. She is the founder of the mental health campaign entitled Be Brave. Writing has become a form of therapy for her, and the stories she shares are always honest, heartfelt, and transparent. Read more of Nikyla’s Brave Blogs here.


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