Whether you’ve just only started getting into the gel manicure trend or are a seasoned manicure enthusiast, here are some mistakes you’ve most likely made with your manicure that you really shouldn’t:
Over Trimming Your Cuticles
Your cuticles protect your nails from infection and other viruses so it’s important not to damage them during a manicure.
Instead of cutting and pulling them (which most nail technicians tend to do), get your technician to push your cuticles back with an orange stick.
You Don't Fix Nail Polish Chips
Repeat after us: chipped nail polish will never be trendy.
So, if you’ve got a chipped nail polish on one of your 10 fingernails, we suggest either removing it and repainting it or use this manicurist trick if the chip isn’t too much: dab a bit of nail polish remover onto one of your fingertips and slowly smooth and dab the affected nail.
Afterwards, apply a fresh layer of top coat for added strength and durability.
You Don't Let Your Nails Rest Between Manicures
Not allowing your fingernails to rest between manicures really just sets you up for brittle and thinning nails. Trust us, manicures will not look good on brittle nails.
Constantly using acetone on your nails (the ones used in gel manicure soak offs) can weaken the nail beds and the protein bonds in your nails, allowing nails to go from white to yellow in a matter of weeks.
So how long should you let your nails rest? A week at least. If you’ve done a gel manicure, about two to three weeks is best.
You Don't Trim Your Nails Regularly
Think of nails as you would the hair on your head. Trimming your hair helps it to grow stronger and nicer.
Trimming your nails helps them do the same thing — even if you’re planning on growing them even longer.
So, instead of letting your technician file your nails down (we don’t recommend it because it puts nails up to splitting and getting even more brittle), let them trim them.
You Don't Pay Attention To Your Hands
To extend the lifespan of your manicure, always make sure you pay attention to what your hands do and what you put them through.
Always keep a mini bottle or tube of hand cream in your bag and remember to moisturise your fingers so they stay in tip top condition.