Your nail tech has given you a great set of nails and now you don’t have to think about them again until your next appointment, right? Not quite. Below are some key pointers (ha, get it?) to help you care for your nails at home.
TREAT YOUR NAILS LIKE JEWELS NOT TOOLS
Protect your investment by wearing gloves when gardening or exposing your hands to water for extended periods of time. Do not put upwards pressure on your nail tip as this can cause extreme pressure on the nail bed.
What can you do?
- Use a straw, fork or can opener to open cans of drink or packaging.
- Make sure you choose a nail length that suits your lifestyle.
- Do not remove your nails yourself – see your nail tech for a gentle soak off removal.
LISTEN TO YOUR NAIL TECH
Can’t decide what length and type of enhancement you’d like? I will be more than happy to work with you, find out your lifestyle and make some suggestions. For example, if you’re hard on your nails because you work on a computer or do heavy work, shorter nails may be your best option. As nail technicians, we often have to be guided by your natural nail and the correct structure in terms of which nails we can do for you. For instance, if you’re a nail biter with extremely short nails, stilettos may not be best for your first visit! But I can work with you to get you there safely.
DO NOT REMOVE THEM 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. I can safely remove your nail enhancements for you. Remember – nail removals should NEVER hurt. The safest way to remove enhancements is by using the soak-off method.
LET YOUR NAIL TECH DO THEIR JOB
If you feel a nail start to lift or break, it’s time to schedule an appointment. Do not attempt to fix the nail yourself – and please, please, PLEASE do not glue down the nail.
Why should you not fix the nail yourself?
- Improperly gluing down a loose nail can cause moisture to be trapped between the nail and enhancement which can lead to infection.
- Bandaging a broken nail can trap moisture and lead to infection – especially if you are washing your hands or showering with your bandage on.
- Filing down the length of the nail will throw off the balance of the nail and make it look bulky.
I hope these tips and tricks help you get the most out of your beautiful new nails and help you care for them properly.
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