Gel manicures are a modern miracle thanks to their longevity, durability, and that irresistible sheen. Although they’re supposed to last about two weeks, some ladies seem to experience breakage and chipping practically an hour after leaving the salon. There’s good news: it’s absolutely possible for a gel manicure to last well beyond the two-week mark, and these tips will help.
Tip 1: Take Advantage of the UV Light
Gel polish needs to be cured under UV light, which hardens the polish and binds it to the nail. Under curing the polish prevents it from completely binding to the nail, setting the stage for quick, easy chipping. Leaving it under the light just a little longer can help it firm up for a longer lasting manicure.
Tip 2: Moisturize on the Regular
When it comes to preserving a manicure, cuticle oil is a girl’s best friend. Dry nails are prone to breakage, and that’s bad news for any manicure. When applied daily, cuticle oil moisturizes and hydrates nails and cuticles. It can also help minimize flaking, especially when applied with a conditioning hand lotion.
Tip 3: Skip the Sanitizer
Hand sanitizers containing alcohol can dry out hands, cuticles, and nail beds, making them brittle. Brittle nails aren’t able to hold nail polish like moisturized nails can. As a result, polish is more likely to chip sooner. It’s best to skip the sanitizer and opt for soap and water instead or switch to an alcohol-free sanitizer containing moisturizing ingredients.
Tip 4: Avoid Self-Sabotage
Many ladies don’t realize how often they self-sabotage their nails. Sure, it’s always convenient to use the “tools” available at one’s fingertips, but that’s the problem: treating nails as tools can easily weaken or break them. Instead of scraping off labels or opening cans with fingernails, find another way to accomplish the task at hand to make nails healthier and help manicures last longer.
Tip 5: Visit a Respected Manicurist
Whether due to poor technique or use of low-quality products, an inexperienced or poorly trained manicurist could be contributing to the short lifespan of your gel manicure. The skilled aestheticians at Posh & Polished Nail Lounge use high-end nail polishes and gels from the most respected brands to deliver longer-lasting manicures. We regularly offer specials, including 15 percent off for students and teachers on Tuesdays, to help you get more bang for your buck on manicures and other services. Give us a call today at 619-501-4784 or contact us to schedule an appointment.