Gel lasts longer – around two weeks – and is set under a UV lamp for a high-gloss finish. Shellac is pretty similar, but is applied in thinner layers, so may not last quite as long, but is a little healthier on the nail beds. If you prefer to switch up your polish on a weekly basis, go for a regular manicure (using the sort of polish you find in the shops).
If you’re heading for a pedi, skip the shave that day. Removing the hair will leave your skin extra sensitive to any creams, or exfoliants that may be included in your salon trip. Your pedicure should be super relaxing, don’t let stingy shins get in the way of that.
A little like cleaning your house before the cleaner arrives (guilty), it can be tempting to ‘neaten up’ your fingertips before a mani appointment. Just, don’t. You need to let the pros do their thing (and pushing your own cuticles back can actually cause infection). Get the most out of your salon trip, don’t DIY it.
If you need polish removed before your next mani (be it gel or classic), give your technician a heads up and book in for a removal too. Peeling it off (*shiver*) is always a bad idea; as well as damaging your nails in the long-run, it’ll make for an uneven base for your fresh gel coating. No thanks.
Yep, once your nail technician has finished the ‘buffing’ stage, your nails will be looking seriously smooth. So damn smooth you just want to stroke them a little. Bad news. In doing so, oils from your fingertips can transfer onto the nail, meaning the base coat may not adhere as thoroughly. It’s like asking for chips.
‘New message’. Never will you want to open it more than when someone else is holding your hand, or it’s nestled inside a gel lamp. Ignore those notifications folks. Sure, time spent at your mani appointment may feel like prime opportunity for a little email scrolling, but each touch of your phone is a potential smudge situ. Take some time out from the feed, your smudge-free nails will thank you for it.
Do these things before a mani and you’ll never look back
Getting a manicure should result in two things: gleaming polish that lasts much longer than a DIY job, and feeling really smug. Like LinkedIn photograph smug. To make the most out of your salon trip, we’ve got a few ‘pre-tips’ – the stuff you should make time for before your appointment (and bonus advice once you’re at it).
By Rachel Spedding
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