Is there anything more frustrating than getting a manicure and then immediately chipping a nail? Okay, it’s not the end of the world, but it’s still pretty annoying. Granted, a manicure only costs $10 to $15 dollars, but it’s the principle of the matter! If I take the time to get my nails done, I want to make sure my mani lasts as long as possible. I usually get my nails done on a Monday or Tuesday, which means they are looking pretty janky by the weekend. Here are the tips I follow to make sure my Monday mani still looks fresh for Saturday night:
- If you are getting your nails done at the salon, bring your own nail polish. Some salons add nail polish thinner to their nail polishes to make them last longer.
- Nail polish can take up to 12 to fully dry. Avoid washing your hands with hot water during this time. According to Buzzfeed, hot water can interfere with the drying process and cause smudging or cracking.
- Remember: Shorter nails are easier to maintain and chip less than longer nails.
- Don’t soak your nails. Avoid this step if you are at the salon. The water causes your nails to expand. Then when your nails are painted, your nails contract and go back to normal. This process can cause chipping and cracking.
- Be aware that certain skincare products can mess with your manicure. Dephorah Lippman told Glamour that you should be careful when directly applying certain skin care products to your nails, especially sunscreen which can discolor and break down a manicure.
- Reapply a layer of top coat every two or three days. This will help prevent chipping and make your manicure look shiny and new. For the best results, try the Seche Vite Fast Drying Top Coat.
- Avoid using hand sanitizer. The alcohol in hand santizier will dry out your nails and ruin the finish of your manicure.
- Healthy cuticles make your manicure look neater, so be sure to keep your cuticles moisturized. Apply a cuticle oil, like the Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil ($9), at least once a day.
- Doing the dishes? Be sure to wear gloves. According to Glamour, water expands the nail bed and can cause your nail polish paint to peel off. Cleaning chemicals can also ruin your polish.
- Cosmopolitan says that if your nail polish starts chipping, file your tips down and seal them with another layer of topcoat.
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