Getting a manicure is always a treat – after all, who doesn’t like to have their hands massaged, cuticles softened and nails beautifully lacquered? Most salon manicures promise to last a couple of days with no chips or cracks, but there are some things you can do that will make your manicure last even longer. Here they are:
How to Make Your Manicure Last
1.) Wear gloves: Washing the dishes? Make sure you are protecting your nails with rubber dishwashing gloves. Going out in the cold? Don’t forget your gloves! Guard your manicure against harsh detergents and extreme temperatures by shielding them with an extra layer of protection.
2.) Skip the soak: Most professional salons will have you soak your nails in warm water to soften up your cuticles. Though this may be relaxing for your digits, it’s actually not a good move for the longevity of your manicure. According to WebMD, “Your nail beds expand when you submerge them in water, and then shrink back when they dry, causing the new coat of polish to loosen.” Instead of a soak, ask if the nail technician can use cuticle oil!
3.) Start clean: Any residue like oil, water or moisturizer left on your nails will keep your polish from sticking. Make sure to always run a cotton ball soaked in remover over your nails before you start so your polish has a clean surface to adhere to.
4.) Top it again: Reapplying your topcoat after a few days will help give your manicure new life. Apply a thin, even coat that extends over your tips to restore shine and prevent chips.
5.) Sanitize smartly: Put away that hand sanitizer – it’s ruining your manicure! The alcohol in hand sanitizers eat away at your top coat and cause your color to fade. Instead, wash your hands with a mild antibacterial soap to ward away germs and keep your nails looking fresh.
What are your tips for making a manicure last? Share with me in the comments!
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