Some people have the perfect nail plate pH for keeping Gels on. They just last forever with no chips until removed by a professional. Others, aren't as lucky. Sometimes it's the manicurist and sometimes it's us. Hopefully these tips can help you keep those Gels on your fingers until your next appointment.
1. Don't pick!
I know what it's like. You leave the salon only to realize there's a rough edge. Eeeek! It's so tempting. If you could just pick that spot, it will be all smooth, right? Wrong? Picking any rough edge will not smooth it out, but instead break the top coat barrier and leave the nail susceptible to peeling. The best thing to do is to take a fine nail file or buffer and gently smooth the pick-able spot until its smooth. Ahhhh so much better.
2. Keep those cuticles oiled
A good cuticle oil is worth it's weight in gold. Don't have a cuticle oil? No big deal. Slather on some coconut oil, almond oil or Avocado oil. Keeping your cuticles hydrated really helps Gel last.
3. Stop using your nails as tools
This one is hard. Probably the hardest. It's so much easier to use your nail to pick the price tag off that new item than to gently rub it with a washcloth or use your nail to clean dirt out of your other nails. Every day we use our nails as tools. Try to stay conscious of it and your gels will last so much longer.
I hope these tips help you keep that mani looking as good as the day you got it, two weeks out. A good manicurist wants your gel mani to last until she takes it off. It keeps your nails in happy healthy shape and it's a better representation of our work.
Stay Polished Austin