It’s no secret that having a professional manicure done is a lot more expensive than doing your nails yourself. So when you shell out that money to have your nails done, of course you want them to last. Read on to explore a few tips for prolonging the life of your next manicure.
Skip the Salon Hand Soak
Most nail salons will have you place your nails into a “soaking bath” before your nail polish is applied. However, when you put your nails in the warm water, this causes them to expand. The polish is applied while your nails are returning to room temperature and thus contracting, which results in nails that are more prone to chipping and peeling.
Use Soap, Not Sanitizer
In keeping your hands clean following your manicure, use a gentle hand soap and warm water whenever possible. Avoid using hand sanitizer, which includes high levels of alcohol that is known to dry out nails and break down the protective topcoat on your manicure.
Wear Gloves While Cleaning
Any time you’re cleaning or washing dishes after having a manicure done, do yourself a favor and don a pair of rubber gloves. Sure, they may not be glamorous to wear, but they’ll work wonders when it comes to protecting your hands and nails from chipping and other damage. Plus, you may even notice that you enjoy smoother skin since you’re not subjecting your hands directly to harsh soaps and cleaners.
Apply Topcoats Regularly
Finally, invest in a quality bottle of topcoat and make an effort to re-apply it to your manicured nails every few days—especially on the tips of the fingernails, which are generally the most prone to chipping, peeling, and other damage.
Follow these tips for a longer-lasting manicure and you’ll be well on your way to more beautiful nails in the days and even weeks following your salon nail appointments!