Everyone loves the look of a fresh manicure. Whether you are rocking a beautiful new color or just enjoying some clear, clean-cut tips, manicures look and feel great. They add confidence, complement your individual style, and are fun. Despite all the good, manicures can sometimes wreak havoc on your nails and nailbeds. Especially if you frequently get manicures with little to no break between each one. To maximize your nail health and ensure each manicure is your best, it is time to incorporate a self-care nail routine between manicures.
The fact is that anything coating your nails for long periods of time can block moisture and hydration from reaching your nailbeds. You might be drying out your nails if you enjoy manicure after manicure. Dry nails are prone to splitting. They may become brittle and crack or break easily. And a brittle nail is a weak nail. Plus, if you do end up splitting the nail, you could put yourself at risk for infection.
This is not to say do not get a manicure. Instead, practice these self-care tips between manicures to ensure healthy and strong nails.
What To Do Between Manicures
- As your manicure begins to chip or fade, you have the perfect opportunity to hit the reset button on your nail health. Remove your polish (either professionally or at home) and give your nails a few days to breathe. When it comes to gel manicures, ask your technician if they offer a healthier and quicker alternative to remove gel polish than traditional methods. For at-home options, go easy on the acetone, as prolonged exposure can damage nails. Read the ingredients on your nail polish remover to determine what chemicals it contains.
- With bare naked nails at the ready, consider trying a nail treatment. You can purchase a DIY treatment at your local store. Nail treatments help your nails shine naturally while protecting them from damage between manicures. It is a way to condition and supports healthy nail growth while still enjoying your nail’s natural look and feel.
- Keep your nails short. If you want to promote healthy nail growth, keep them trimmed. This will also prevent your nails from breaking prematurely or cracking. Remember, short nails have potential! And there are plenty of cute manicures for short nails you can try as you wait for your nails to grow. Be mindful of your lifestyle as well. Maintaining a shorter nail is best if you’re someone who chips and breaks nails easily due to your hobbies or profession.
- Your cuticles are critical components of your nail. Between manicures, you will want to maintain your cuticle growth. Invest in cuticle oil to hydrate that sensitive part of your nail. This will allow hydration to occur deep within the nail and nailbed, not just on the cuticle itself. It will also prevent your cuticles from drying out and cracking where the base of your nail meets the nailbed. If you don’t have cuticle oil on hand, you can use petroleum jelly.
- Buff your nails to increase their shine naturally. All you need is a file and buff block that allows you to file down your nails, buff the nail, and shine them as you await your next manicure.
- Exfoliate your hands once a day and clean under your nails. As your nails grow, they are prone to trapping dirt and debris. This can be harmful to your health. Gently scrub under your nails to get rid of dirt and keep them clean and healthy.
- If you love that silky soft feeling your hands have after a manicure, be sure to moisturize your hands at home properly. Avoid harsh chemicals and cleaning agents and opt for more gentle soaps and scrubs. Use a lightweight moisturizer on your hands in the morning and before bed to keep them healthy and soft.
- Tend to hangnails with care. If you pull a hangnail, you risk pulling more of your nail than necessary to remove it. Also, when you remove a hangnail, you create an open wound, so wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and apply Neosporin or an anti-bacterial cream to the affected area to avoid infection.
- Enjoy nail-healthy nutrients to maintain the strength and integrity of your precious nails. This includes eating foods rich in B-12, protein, calcium, and zinc. Citrus fruits, dark leafy greens, eggs, fish, and lean meats are excellent sources of these nutrients. If you are not eating enough foods with these vitamins, you may want to talk to your doctor about starting a supplement or daily vitamin.
- Don’t pick, bite, or rip off your nails. If you’re prone to picking or biting, see if you can redirect this habit to another object, such as a fidget cube. This will prevent damage to your nails while giving your fingers something safe to pick at and manipulate.
- One final tip, after your manicure, avoid washing your hands. It could interfere with the hardening of your nail lacquer and damage the manicure. Instead, give the manicure enough time to set so you can enjoy it and make it last.
Treat Yourself to Self-Care
A manicure shouldn’t be considered an indulgence but rather a practical application of self-love and self-care. Manicures have been proven to boost self-esteem and provide much-needed relaxation and stress relief. When you’re ready for your next manicure, you should consider booking an appointment with ZaZa Salon and Spa. At ZaZa, you can choose from a comprehensive menu of nailcare options including but not limited to high-quality services such as a Euro Mani, Dipped Mani, UV Gel Mani, Ultimate Spa Mani, Express Pedicure, Euro Pedicure, and more.
The expert technicians at ZaZa Salon and Spa can also offer great tips on nailcare treatment between manicures and suggest the best products to promote and protect your nail health. Book your next nail service appointment at ZaZa and leave feeling healthy, happy, and rejuvenated.