Now that my nails are done, how should I care for them?
Something that I think a lot of us don’t really take into consideration is what we need to do to maintain our nails. I have broken down the steps to care for artificial nails, and a lot of these steps are necessary for other forms of enhancements as well.
If you break a nail or it’s lifting, don’t glue it back down or use a band-aid. This can cause moisture to become trapped between your natural nail and the enhancement and cause infection. Keep the nails clean, and make a repair appointment asap.
Protect Your Nails
Wearing gloves when gardening, cleaning, or any other heavy work will help your enhancements stay in tip-top shape. You don’t want your enhancements to be wet for long periods of time. This causes lifting, which can lead to further problems. If you are hard on your enhancements, shorter nails may be your best option.
Your nails don’t like to be “under pressure.”
Don’t put pressure on your nails! They are not tools. Use something else to open your soda, and whatever else it is you do. Pressure can cause problems with your natural nail, lifting, and bruising of the natural nail. Accidents happen, but treat your nails like they are “jewels not tools.”
Quality cuticle oil is necessary. It keeps your cuticles in their best shape—Imagine that! and also helps the acrylic stay adhered to the nail by keeping it flexible. I love Young Nails Rose Oil. Young Nails Rose Oil nourishes and protects the cuticle from breaking and peeling. This is great for your natural nails, and will keep your nail enhancements from lifting, cracking, and separating. It is specially formulated for optimum preparation and is fortified with vitamins A, D, and E for anti-aging and conditioning. (And if you email me, I can get you some.) *This is not a paid advertisement.*
Do not remove them at home. I repeat, do not take them off yourself! If you’re done with the whole enhancement thing, please make an appointment to have them removed. Biting, chipping, picking, and pulling will cause major damage to your natural nail. We’re talking about layers of your natural nail ripping right off with the enhancement. This makes them very tender, and waiting for them to grow back to their natural state is unpleasant. Do yourself a favor and have them removed by a professional.
Keep your enhancements clean! Use a manicure brush to scrub underneath your nails. Dirty nails are just gross, and they are a perfect place for bacteria to grow. Wash your hands often.
Keep your appointment for a fill!
Your nails lose their strength when they grow out too far. You will notice they will have more problems if you go past your 2-3 week fill. They need to be maintained.
Keep up with these things and have beautiful enhancements!
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