5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Manicure

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 SolarOilNAF!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!

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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.

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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.

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Press | The unvarnished truth: How to repair your nails at home after they've been damaged by shellac, SNS and acrylics

Press | The unvarnished truth: How to repair your nails at home after they've been damaged by shellac, SNS and acrylics

Read our FEMAIL Daily Mail article with founder and nail expert, Iman Davamoni of Purely Polished. Iman talks through different manicure treatments and how to take care of your nails at home after.

Attention all men: Do you have nasty nails? Suffer from bleeding cuticles? Jagged nails?

Men's Manicures

Personal grooming extends past the face and clothes. Hands are the first point of contact with people, because when you first shake hands, they’re the first thing they notice. A well-kept appearance following a manicure may make or break deals that lead to long-lasting personal and business relationships. What kind of first impression would jagged nail edges and bleeding cuticles make? Gone are the days where getting a manicure at a nail salon was a purely feminine pastime. It’s time to step up to get that executive aura you’re craving for. Purely Polished is a mobile manicure service that can help with your nail care and confidence – available in Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast:

1.     Primp in private
Our mobile manicure service means you can primp in the privacy of your office, home or hotel room without the need to spend time to go to a nail salon.  For the ultimate relaxation, you can book our mobile pedicure service and enjoy a luxurious foot scrub and massage. It’s the perfect way to unwind if you’re short of time. Purely Polished is available in Sydney, Melbourne, and the Gold Coast.

2.     Caring for your cuticles
If you’re a chronic nail biter, or have damaged, cracked cuticles, you’re not alone. There’s little point in wearing a slick suit if your fingers look terrible. To help you look as presentable as you can be, our highly experienced nail technicians trim and moisturise your cuticles as part of the manicure. We prioritise hygiene and only use sterile tools.

3.     Experienced care
We’ve handpicked the best talent who have up to 25 years of experience training and working in the industry, and are personally vetted. They also undergo rigorous quality control checks to ensure you get the best professional service.

4.     Tidy and Groom
At selected locations, we offer a 15-minute tidy and groom service specifically tailored to the busy professional – featuring a file, shape and buff and light cuticle care, all the essentials to give your nails a healthy shine and boost your confidence at work and leisure time.

Nail care is an essential part of personal grooming for many men, so why isn’t it yours? Get your polished look now!

Wedding Manicures

Wedding bridal nails

Getting a bridal manicure and pedicure is often overlooked by brides, considering all the other elements that go into planning your wedding. But if you’re getting your make up done, it makes sense to hire a professional for your bridal nails. Your hands will be the centre of attention, especially since your rings will be on display together with those close up shots. Our mobile manicure service means our highly trained professionals travel to anywhere in Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, so you don’t have to waste any time getting prepared on your special day.

Steps to Wedding-worthy nails:

  1. Pay attention to your hands in the few months leading up to the big day. Moisturise your hands vigorously. Take special care not to damage your hands when dishwashing, cleaning, or gardening.

  2. Apply cuticle oil if your cuticles are damaged, cracked, or broken. This nourishes and protects them from splitting or drying out.

  3. If your nails are not looking great in the weeks leading up to the wedding, consider getting a gel manicure professionally maintained by us.

  4. Stress can show up on your nails - from brittle, peeling nails to developing nervous habits of biting nails. Take a breather and relax with a soothing manicure or pedicure.

  5. Don’t forget your toes! Your feet may be hidden under your dress but they won’t be during the wedding night or honeymoon

Here’s some ideas on how Purely Polished’s other services can help make your nuptials even more perfect:

Pamper party with your bridesmaids

Spend quality time with your bridesmaids with our mobile manicure service. This is the perfect activity for catching up with long lost girlfriends, or bond with new ones. Manicures and pedicures are a great way to take the stress or nervousness out of your day as well.

Men's manicure

Groom’s MAN-icure

The men can primp in the privacy of his home with a quick 15min groom and tidy. He’ll emerge from the experience with buffed nails and neatly trimmed hands, to match yours!



What are you waiting for? Book here now!