Everyone likes to ensure that their manicure lasts post the final coat of polish.
Whether it’s via an at home manicure, or one done by a nail technician; there’s nothing worse than a manicure chipping.
Whilst many professional polishes are designed to withstand more than a regular nail polish, there is still a chance that you may not get the most out of your manicure.
To avoid this from happening, here are some tips for keeping your mani fresh and on point!
1. Keep your nails and hands hydrated daily
Ideally you want your manicure to last up to two weeks or more, before you need a refresh or touch up.
To prolong the freshness of your manicure, we recommend keeping your nails and cuticles as hydrated as possible. Ideally, you want to be applying cuticle oil at night before bed, and then moisturiser over the top.
Cuticle oils are fantastic for the skin around your nail and your eponychium (the little fold of skin that is sometimes mistakenly called the cuticle). Our nail techs recommend CND SolarOil, NAF!Stuff Cuticle Oil Pens and The Body Shop Almond Nail & Cuticle Oil.
Applying this at night is best, so that they have time to hydrate overnight. Drinking plenty of water during the day can help too!
2. Treat your nails with care
It can be easy to use your nails as tools, such as for opening cans or other menial tasks.
Doing this can easily break your nails, and cause the polish or gel to chip and wear off.
It’s important to be more conscious of how you use your hands for day to day activities as well, including washing the dishes. Keeping your nails out of warm or hot water is also key for making them last longer too.
If you’re washing up in the sink, it may be a good idea to wear dishwashing gloves to cover your manicure when you’re washing the dishes. This is especially important following the few days post getting your manicure.
3. Avoid filing your nails
It can be tempting to touch up your nails with a nail file in between visits to the salon, especially if your nails grow quickly.
We suggest avoiding this as much as possible, as filing your nails in between manicures can break the seal of the gel polish, which can result in splitting and chipping of the polish.
Keeping your nails short for your manicure can help with this, as long nails are more prone to chipping and breaking.
4. Dont pick your nails
This one is probably quite obvious, however can be an easy mistake to make when it comes to taking care of your manicure.
It’s best to ensure that you avoid picking or chewing on your nails, as this can remove the gel coating.
Towards the end of the lifespan of your manicure, it can be tempting to pick the polish off yourself, rather than get a professional to do so. Whilst this can be tempting, it can actually cause your nails to thin out and become brittle.
5. Allow your nails enough time to dry properly
This means not rushing out the door after your salon manicure, and not using your hands straight away after an at home manicure.
You want to allow up to an hour or so for your manicure to fully dry to prevent smudges.
This means avoiding things like washing the dishes, or any heavy lifting or hand work with your freshly painted nails.