7 Things Your Manicurist Wants You to Stop Doing
No beauty look is complete without a flawless manicure. It's the finishing touch everyone needs for a balanced look whether you favour bright polish and nail art or keep your nails entirely bare. And if you happen to treat yourself to a professional mani regularly, chances are you want to extend the life of it as long as possible. Following simple rules for upkeeping your mani is key when a salon visit isn't in the cards. We all know the importance of the standard nail filing and using quality polishes to achieve a clean and neat look. However, there are a few mani don'ts many of us are guilty of, and the professionals are advising we stop at once. We asked everyone from the founder of Valley NYC, which just opened a third location, to a celebrity manicurist for the low down on these typical manicure blunders and how to avoid them at all costs.
Read on to learn all about the common mistakes your manicurist wants you to stop doing.
Isocol Rubbing Alcohol ($10)
We regularly receive calls from clients who’ve received a gel mani from Valley furious that their manicure has "changed colour," explains Founder/Owner of Valley, Nina Werman. "Don’t fret, just swab the nail with alcohol. 99.9% of the time this is a result of a skin product like a lotion, self-tanner, or a skin serum that interacted with the gel’s top coat and caused a fixable, yet unappealing discolouration to the manicure." Luckily Werman notes that the solution is incredibly simple and helps restore your mani's luster. "One swipe of alcohol should not only instantly colour correct, but also restores the manicure’s top coat to a freshly polished shine."
Manicare Cuticle Sticks ($2)
It's hard to achieve a gorgeous manicure without trimming cuticles. However, going overboard can happen quickly and lead to more harm than good. LVX's Education Manager and Licensed Nail Technician Karmen Salceda points out that over-cutting damages the skin around the nail bed. "Instead of cutting the cuticles gently push them back with an orange stick. The best solution is to get a bi-weekly manicure," she advises.
Tweezerman Stainless Steel Fingernail Clipper ($7)
We've all been guilty of this one when we're trying to let our nails grow out, but Werman says a nail trim is crucial. "Let your technician trim your nails. Whether you polish them, get regular gel manicures, or go natural, you need to trim your nails," she stresses. "Fingernails and toenails are made of keratin—a protein made of dead cells, which is also the main protein found in hair. Hair and nail ends get brittle. Do yourself a favour and allow us to trim the dead, brittle ends off of your nails." Not only will your nails look 100 times better, but Werman adds that "You’ll maximize the lifespan of your manicure."
Orly No Bite ($14)
"Biting your nails is a hard habit to break and can cause damage to the nails," says Catherine Baek Dambrosia, ORLY Global Education Director and Testing Development. "It can damage the skin around the nail increasing the risk of skin infection, colds due to germs, and can even harm your teeth. Also, when you bite off the nail, it peels unevenly causing weakness." Another tip she has is to keep nails short, manicured and clean. "Having beautifully manicured nails can help motivate you to prevent from biting," she adds.
Rock Beauty Nail Wraps ($6)
We're all busy and sometimes a manicure has to wait longer than expected. When time is of the essence, Edwards recommends using a couple of affordable drugstore finds."A great substitute if you can't get to the nail salon is a nail wrap. It will give you an impeccable instant manicure that will hold up until your next nail appointment," she says.
Londontown kur Nourishing Cuticle Oil ($18)
"A gel manicure from Valley lasts, but that doesn’t guarantee our clients won’t pick at or bite their cuticles, or be rough on their hands," says Werman. "To extend the life of your manicure, use a good cuticle oil, like Londontown Kur Nourishing Cuticle Oil ($18)." She stresses the importance of taking care of your cuticles like you do the rest of your skin. "Keep it in the bathroom with your body lotions, and make it part of your morning and night time regimen. You’ll see a noticeable difference in the look and feel of your cuticles, and you’ll get more life out of your manicure," she says.
Baek Dambrosia adds, "Often, dry cuticles and skin can trigger you to start picking at it. To avoid picking, moisturise your cuticles and surrounding area of the skin well. Keep a moisturiser or cuticle cream in your purse, at the office, and by the bed side table."
Which manicure mistake have you made in the past? Tell us in the comments.