9 Products for a Polish-Free Detox Manicure

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Photographed by Angelo Pennetta, Vogue, January 2014

There was a time not long ago when I knew the women at my local nail salon by name—when I’d show up for my regular, biweekly manicure with all manner of Chanel, Dior, or RGB polishes in one hand, and a leash attached to my 45-lb rescue dog in the other. Cindi, Lan, and Margaret would smile a slightly unnerved, but still very kind smile that said, “Welcome back!” and, “your dog is way too big to be in here!”

But a few months ago, the combination of a packed schedule and a newfound preference for bare nails caused me to give up my manicure habit, kickstarting a new obsession with the art of the at-home, no-polish job instead. I’m not the only one hooked on clean, healthy, perfectly square-oval nails (aka “squoval”). Just look at some of spring’s biggest runway moments—Saint Laurent, Prada, and Valentino; there’s rarely a trace of lacquer in sight.

“Polish isn’t going anywhere, but I do I think there’s a whole normcore nail movement happening,” insists Dana Stern, M.D. a Manhattan dermatologist whose Fifth Avenue practice is nail-focused. “It’s liberating,” Stern says of giving your tips a holiday from polish as she describes focusing on their overall health, rather than camouflaging any ridging, peeling, or discoloration with high-impact, seasonal colors. Her newly launched three-part system is dedicated to prepping, priming, and strengthening nails to “get the canvas back into shape,” which will remedy any damage—and allow your favorite varnishes to last longer if and when you’re ready to return to a bold fuchsia or a classic crimson come summer.

The other big draw of creating a ritual around filing, buffing, and moisturizing your nails, facial-style? It’s incredibly cathartic—and a great way to multitask a marathon of Broad City Season 3. Here, a compendium of tools and products to help you dare to go bare.


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