When you treat yourself to a manicure, you want it to do two things. First, last a few days without chipping and two, remain looking fresh for as long as it stays. There are many things that affect your manicure, from sun and water exposure to improper application; there are many factors that are preventing you from getting your money’s worth of manicures. What are some things you should do to make sure this happens? Here goes...

Keep your nails dry
 

Keep your nails dry

You know when the technician soaks your hands before going about your manicure? Turns out, this not such a good idea. Your nails absorb the water and bloat and any nail paint that is applied on bloated nails chips easily. So keep your nails dry when you get them painted.

Carry your own nail polish, when possible
 

Carry your own nail polish, when possible

The most exciting thing about getting a manicure is going through the various colours available and picking one. This may also not be such a good idea. Salons are known to use nail polish thinners to keep the paints from becoming thick. This might affect the longevity of your manicure.

Vinegar for cleaning
 

Vinegar for cleaning

Soak a cotton pad with vinegar and wipe your nails dry before apply nail paint. Your nails may have oils and other residue that act as a barrier between your nails and the polish. This will make the paint chip or bubble. So make sure your nails are squeaky clean before your apply nail polish.

Keep your nails short and filed
 

Keep your nails short and filed

Long talon-like nails may snag and chip faster. So keep your nails at optimal length. Clip them to the desired length and file them, starting at the edges and filing in one direction. Back and forth filing causes your nails to have ragged edges and chip faster.

Roll the bottle, don’t shake it
 

Roll the bottle, don’t shake it

Before you apply your nail polish, do not shake the bottle. This causes the nail polish to bubble, and apply unevenly on your nails. Instead, roll the bottle between the palms of your hands. This will gently warm it up and mix the contents evenly.

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