by: Isabella Sarlija
One of the places we love to visit is the salon. Where else would we go for our facials, root touch-ups, or manicures? Given the global pandemic still looming over our heads, we are making it a point only to visit these clean and safe spaces periodically. Unfortunately for our nails, fewer salon visits mean more chances of chipping and breakage while at home. So how do we prolong the lifespan of our perfectly painted little digits? We turned to one of our professionals, Ashley Harding, for some advice on how to maintain a chip-free manicure that will last.
Q: Which products or nail health techniques would you recommend we use or do at home to prolong our professional manicure?
A: Apply CND Solar Oil daily to the nail. After 24 hours, apply under the free edge [AKA, the growth part of the nail that tends to look like a white tip projecting from the nail bed] for regular and gel polish manicures. Other useful oils [for nourishing nails and preventing breakage] are coconut, almond, and jojoba.
Q: Do you have tips for preventing chipping and breakage during daily activities?
Q: What can we do to prolong gel manicures that have grown out slightly, but not enough for another visit to the salon?
A: The best thing to prolong a gel mani is to use cuticle oil every day. You take care of your hair between salon visits, and it’s the same with your nails. Never file the tips of your nails with a gel mani because it will break the seal and cause lifting. Also, never peel the gel because a layer of your nail will peel off as well.
Q: Is it wise to file or buff nails between salon visits to decrease the chances of breakage?
A: For natural nails, buffing and filing your nails is recommended. If you happen to break a nail, grab a file and smooth it out [to prevent it from catching onto] anything. If you have gel on and your nails are growing out, it’s time to book your next appointment. Do not file them down or peel them off.