10 Hacks to make your Gel Polish last longer
- July 14, 2021
- Nail Care
We all love a good manicure since our hands are always on display and we want them to look as neat and as presentable as possible. Gel manicure has been a sensation as well as a solution to problems like visiting the salon every two to three days since it is intended to last for weeks.
But as much as gel manicure may seem to be solution to all your nail problems, it still needs to be taken care of for it to last even longer. Ask some people and they’ll be like ‘my gel manicure lasts a month’ and yes it does cause it all narrows down to how you take care of your nails after getting them done.
So in any case you are tired of your gel polish chipping or peeling only a few days after getting them done, then here are ten hacks on how to make your gel polish last longer;
- Keep your nails nourished and hydrated.
Preparing your nails before applying the polish can leave your nails dry therefore causing the polish to crack and start chipping. So make sure you invest in a good cuticle oil and apply it at least once or twice a day. In addition to this, condition your nails by applying a moisturizing hand lotion to prevent nail breakage, cracking or chipping.
- Keep your nails away from water.
Try as much as possible to keep your nails dry. This is because wet nails expand then as they dry up they contract and this back and forth motion will cause them to start chipping or peeling. Therefore stay away from water as much as you can.
- Be gentle with your nails.
Using your nails to open a can or remove a label from a tin is so tempting at times so we should try at all cost to avoid this. Always remember that even the smallest chip at the tip of your nails can cause lifting of the polish from the whole nail.
- Regularly reapply the top coat.
Always add an additional layer of either gel top coat or nail polish top coat at least one week after getting your nails done. Apply this also along the tip of your nails to prevent your nails from peeling.
- Stay away from hot water and chemicals.
It is advisable to use either cold or warm water when taking a bath, washing your hands or cleaning and not hot water. Prolonged exposure to hot water and certain chemicals can cause the polish to lift up as they seep into the nail and even cause more breakage to the nail itself.
- Get rid of your clippers and nail files.
In case you have fast growing nails, try as much as you can to avoid the urge to constantly trim or cut your nails especially when you have your gel polish on. This is because as you cut your nails, you break the seal and this will lead to lifting, peeling or even chipping. Instead, make sure you trim your nails to the lowest height possible before getting your nails done.
- Draw over the cracks.
Sometimes our nails start chipping or cracking before we are ready to remove them. Scribbling some art over the cracks with a gel pen is the best advisable solution here. You could also create some beautiful DIY designs over them and rock your nails for some more time.
- Avoid picking your nails.
Our nails tend to chip sometimes and when this happens, it triggers us to start picking. Picking or chewing your nails or your nail polish will instantly damage both your nails and the gel polish. Continuous picking overtime damages your nail beds and also thins out your nails. Therefore try to stay away from this.
- Get yourself some rubber gloves.
It advisable to keep off water and certain chemicals that can weaken your gel but sometimes we have no other option. Therefore if it is completely impossible to keep off water and these chemicals, make sure you put on rubber gloves. These will protect your nails and prevent them from getting into contact with the harmful products.
- Book a nail technician.
If you have been doing your nails at home and they tend to chip or peel every now and then book an appointment with a skilled manicurist. They are definitely well learned and they would know how well to prepare your nails to make your gel polish last longer. We have some of the best here at weridi.com so be sure to book with us today.