You have just got a set of nail enhancements and you nails are looking great. So how to take care of them without causing any damage until your next appointment? We have compiled a list of nail enhancements aftercare tips to ensure your nails look their best well after you have left the salon.
1. Let us do our job:
If you break a nail or if a nail begins to lift, please schedule a repair appointment as soon as you can. Do not attempt to fix the nail yourself. Improperly gluing down a loose nail can cause moisture to become trapped between the nails and the enhancement and possibly cause an infection. Do not bandage a broken nails as bandages may also trap moisture. Do not take down the length of your enhancements as this will throw off the balance of the nail and may make the nail look bulky.
2. Do not bite, pick or cut:
If you accidentally chip a nail to refrain from peeling or picking after any nail care treatment as this will cause the product to become weak and will damage your natural nails. If you have a rough edge you can try to gently file it smooth to avoid catching the nail.
3. Allow for drying time:
Professional applied nail polish can take up to 2 hours to dry through thoroughly and 24 hours to completely set. Although they will be touch-dry in 20-30 minutes, you will still need to be careful with freshly painted nails.
4. Wash your hands:
After you apply sun cream, tinted lotion, insect repellent and colored hair products. Some products contain ingredients that can possibly cause nails to discolor, fade or turning yellow. Avoid products that contain lanolin or mineral oils as these will give you service breakdown.
5. Wear gloves:
Treat your nails like jewels, protect your investment by wearing gloves when gardening or exposing hands to water for extended periods of time. Do not put upward pressure on your nail tips, use a soda can opener to pop tops, and dial the phone with the eraser end of a pencil.
6. Add some extras:
Your nail tech may suggest that you apply top coat every other day to prevent chipping.
Stay away from heat and sun, this may cause your nails enhancement or color turned yellow.
Use cuticle oil every evening. Cuticle oil will nourish the nails resulting in a stronger natural nails and keeps cuticles supple.
If you paint over your nails enhancement with another color remember to use nonacetone polish remover to remove the top coat without damaging the enhancement underneath.
Attend regular manicure maintenance appointment, approximately every 2-3 weeks, to keep your nails in shape and looking their best.
7. Get a Length and shape to suit you:
If you can't decide what length and type of enhancement you'd like, just listen to your nail tech. Your nail technician will be more than happy to make suggestion. For example, if you are hard on your nails because you work on a computer or do heavy work, shorter nails may be your best option.
8. Call in sick:
If you have a contagious skin or nail condition, wait until it clears before visiting the salon again. If symptoms persist, make an appointment wit a dermatologist.
9. Be ware of what you have:
Very few clients will develop allergic reactions to an ingredient in some nail products. Allergic reactions are characterized by redness, itching, and swelling of the skin around the nails, or irritation around the eyes and mouth. If you develop any of these symptoms, call your nail technician. She will help you determine which ingredients you are having a reaction to and will take steps to avoids them. If necessary, she can refer you to a dermatologist. Do not ignore a condition that develops around the nail.
10. Do not remove yourself:
If you decide you no longer want to wear nail enhancements, do not take them off yourself. Picking and pulling the nails off will damage your natural nail, rip layers from your nail plate, and make regrowth a long, painful process. Your nail technician can safely remove nail enhancements.