A regular manicure is therapeutic and more importantly, is the one time when you truly get some ‘me’ time. While a skilled person files and buffs away at your nails, you are forced to stay away from all your phones and take a break from constantly checking for mails or texts.

So while you relax and get your nails filed, cuticles trimmed and polish applied, we spoke to some nail experts and found out some general things you need to keep in mind in-between your nail appointments.

Never pick at your gel-nail polish
 

Never pick at your gel-nail polish

Resist the urge to pick at your gel nail polish. Always get it removed at the salon, as they have the necessary products to remove gel nail polish effectively. If you try and pick your polish yourself, it may harm your nails.

Always moisturise your hands
 

Always moisturise your hands

You would not repeatedly wash your face and not apply any moisturiser, right? Similarly, frequent washing of hands causes the skin, nail and cuticles to become dry, and this causes a problem to your manicurist. So use a hand lotion regularly and keep your hands soft and moisturised.

Avoid clipping your nails before you go for a manicure
 

Avoid clipping your nails before you go for a manicure

Part of a manicure is getting your nails trimmed, so save it for the salon trip. Trimming your nails yourself might make it difficult for the manicurist to shape and file your nails. For instance, if you cut your nails too short, it may cause you pain when the manicurist tries to shape your nails.

Keep your nails clean for your manicurist
 

Keep your nails clean for your manicurist

Wash your hands, clean under your nails with a nail brush before you visit your manicurist. Don’t go to the salon with dirty nails, it’s just gross!

In-between manicures, only file your nails, never clip
 

In-between manicures, only file your nails, never clip

When you are in-between manicures, never try and clip your nails. This may cause the nail polish to chip. Always use a nail file and file your nails making sure you file in one direction only. Back and forth rigorous filing causes more harm than you know. So stick to filing in one direction.

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