I love getting my nails done, but it can often be hard to find the time to get them done every two weeks. Not to mention, it can get pretty expensive! That’s why I’ve been pushing lately to make them last anywhere from 3-4 weeks. Here’s how I do it…
1. Make Sure Your Nail Tech Knows What He/She is Doing
This is the most important part to making a gel mani last the long-haul. I actually thought I hated gel polish for the longest time, when in reality, I just hadn’t had a good gel mani! If your polish starts to peel up from the back in the first two weeks, it might be time to find a new manicurist. It took me three tries to find mine, but now I’m so happy, and I’m actually spending less money because they last so long!
Tip: if you’re in the Tempe, AZ area, be sure to check out Jeniza Nails, and ask for Mary!
2. File Down Your Nails if They Get too Long or Chip
I like to keep me nails very natural and short, so the main reason I had previously wanted to get my gel mani done every two weeks was because I hated how long they got. My nail tech Mary recently told me, however, that all I have to do is file them down. This seems obvious, but I just never really thought of it before she mentioned it. This also comes in really handy if you accidentally chip them (which isn’t super easy to do, but is possible).
3. Cover Growth at the Cuticle With Glitter
So your gel polish is looking good, and your nails are filed down to the desired length — all that’s left to make you want to re-do your mani is that area at the cuticle that’s growing out, right? I’ll usually let this go until about week 3, and then it starts to get a little too extreme. Luckily, all it takes to fix it is a little glitter polish! Simply use a looser glitter to create an ombre effect, or use tape to tape off a little design, and you’re all set to make your gel mani last another week.
What other tips do you have for making a gel mani last?