Whether you get a regular manicure or if it's only an occasional treat, you're probably concerned with keeping your nails looking good for as long as possible. Not only will this mean you won't need to return to the salon as often, it will also mean that your nails stay polished and professional for longer. Here are three easy ways to make your manicure last longer.
1. Invest in a Czech glass nail file
If your nail becomes chipped or torn after your manicure, then you'll need to use a nail file to tidy up the jagged edges and reshape the end of your nail. Unfortunately, many nail files and emery boards may cause the nail polish to crack or peel during filing.
The solution is to invest in a good quality, Czech glass nail file. These nail files are easy to buy online and provide a much gentler and less damaging filing surface. They will keep your nail polish intact and have the added benefit of being incredibly durable and will last for many years.
2. Apply a protective top coat
Many salons will apply a top coat onto the nail polish during your manicure but these are often used mainly to dry the polish quickly and offer little protection for your nails. To make your manicure last longer, apply a layer of your own high-quality top coat once you get home.
Invest in the best quality top coat that you can afford in a trusted and reputable brand. This may cost you a little extra but it's worth the added expense to ensure that your manicure stays pristine for longer.
3. Take your own nail polish
The vast array of different nail polish hues on offer at a nail salon can be very alluring. However, if a nail becomes chipped or damaged and the nail polish is beyond simple repair, then you may find that you'll need to remove the polish on every nail.
Instead of choosing a color at the salon, take your own polish for the nail technician to use. This way, if your nail polish is compromised, you can simply repaint the offending nail or nails, without saying goodbye to the whole manicure. If there is a color at the salon that you simply can't resist, then many salons will allow you to purchase it for a discounted price.
Manicures look beautiful and can give you a feeling of confidence but only if they're kept in good shape. These three tips will help to keep you looking and feeling good until your next visit to the nail salon.