6 Ways To Make Your Manicure Last As Long As Possible

The fact is, you do a lot with your hands each day, and because of that, your manicure won't last nearly as long as your pedicure. However, this doesn't mean that you have to make an appointment with your favorite nail salon every single week. Check out these six tips to learn how to make your manicure last as long as possible.

1. Keep Your Nails Short

If you can part with your long nails, do it. Long fingernails take the brunt of your everyday tasks. The longer your nails are, the easier your nail polish will chip. So, prevent your polish from chipping by keeping your nails trimmed so that the tips are at or below the tips of your fingers.

2. Don't Soak Your Nails

Does your manicurist soak your nails before she paints them? The reason that manicurists soak your nails is to soften your cuticles. However, your fingernails can retain water, and when they do they expand. After your nails are painted and dry, they shrink back to normal size, which means that your polish will no longer fit your nails. So, instead of letting your manicurist soak your nails, ask her if she can use cuticle oil to soften your cuticles instead.

3. Double Your Base Coat

Ask your manicurist to apply two layers of base coat on your nails before she paints them -- one layer that covers the entire nail and one that covers the tips of your nails. This gives the tips of your nails a little bit of extra protection, which is needs because the tips of your nails are more likely to chip than the base of your nails.

4. Avoid Using Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer dries out your fingernails, which makes your nail polish more likely to chip. So, instead of using hand sanitizer, wash your hands with a mild soap.

5. Apply Your Top Coat Between Appointments

You don't need to wait until your next nail salon appointment to apply top coat to your nails. In fact, you should apply a layer of top coat to your nails every few days to protect your nail polish. Even simple tasks like washing your hands wreaks havoc on your top coat, so by applying top coat to your nails in between nail salon appointments your manicure will last longer.

6. Use Nail Oil Daily

The drier your cuticles and nails are, the more likely they are to tear and break. So, keep your cuticles hydrated by applying a layer of cuticle oil each day.

Of course, you'll need to get a new manicure as your nails grow, but unless your nails grow extremely fast, there's no reason for you to have a weekly nail appointment. If you take the time to care for your nails in between appointments, keep your nails short, and ask your manicurist not to soak your nails, it's easy to make your manicure last nearly two weeks.