There’s a kind of spark ignited by a freshly done manicure which is incomparable. It’s a happiness that cannot be explained fully by words. Everyone likes to look good because the better you look, the better you feel. Even when things aren’t going as planned, and when you have a few bad days here and there, you are reminded that life isn’t perfect but your nails can be.
However, your pockets may not always allow you to keep redoing your nails. That’s why it’s important to learn a few hacks here and there to help you keep your gel polish intact for a longer period of time. That way, you will find yourself going long periods without visiting the nail parlour and in the long run, you save your coins.
Here are a few hacks to keep your gel polish intact:
- Find the right nail technician
The search for the perfect nail technician may seem harder than finding a lover. You will find recommendations from your friends, and they will disappoint you. However, what I would recommend is that when you find the right technician, you stick to them. Sometimes this may entail spending a little extra, but in the long run, you save the money that you would otherwise spend running back to the nail tech to fix them every time they get spoilt.
- Wear gloves when washing dishes
Water and cleaning products affect the way nail polish adheres to your nails making it easy to chip. On top of this, the water and soap can dry out the manicure, making it less shiny. To prevent this from happening, I would advise that you invest in a good pair of gloves to wash dishes or perform any other household chores. I know, this means spending more money, but trust me, it is a worthy investment that will save you money in the long run.
- Invest in nail oil
Being a girl is expensive! Investing in a good appearance tends to take a lot out of our pockets, and so the best you can do is to also invest in products that make the appearance last. Nail oil is one such product. While there are many great ingredients in cuticle oils, jojoba oil and vitamin E are the top two to look for to help nourish the skin. For the best application, place a small amount of oil at the base of the nail and along the sides, then gently rub it in. Beauty: Why You Need Vitamin E In Your Skincare Routine
- Keep your hands moisturized throughout
In the midst of our busy schedules, we often forget to care for ourselves. Moisturizing your hands is super important in keeping gel polish intact for a longer period of time. Apply hand cream every time you wash your hands to encourage flexibility and prevent chipping. Consider doing this every time you wash your hands and especially after you visit the washrooms. Hand sanitiser is also very drying, and so it’s necessary to moisturize your hands after sanitizing to replenish moisture. Remember, moisture is key!
- Consider shorter nails
While long nails may have a soft spot in our hearts, opting for shorter nails may be one of the best ways to keep gel polish intact for a longer period of time. Short nails are not as prone to chipping or peeling because they’re less likely to end up being bumped into things (like while typing or cooking). On top of this, short nails give a sophisticated feminine look.
- Consider gel overlays
While it’s a little bit more expensive, gel polish on overlays lasts much, much longer. It’s harder for your nails to break, and the polish remains intact for a much longer period of time. Remember, cheap is expensive and sometimes you need to spend more to reap more benefits. In the same way that a regular pedicure typically lasts longer than a manicure, a gel pedicure will last about a week or two longer than a gel manicure.