How long do you expect a manicure to last?

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: How long do you expect a manicure to last?
    Up to 3 days : (28 votes)
    22 %
    3-5 days : (46 votes)
    35 %
    At least a week : (40 votes)
    31 %
    Up to two weeks : (16 votes)
    12 %
  • Post # 3
    1896 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I wrote two weeks…. but I cheated. I get gel manicures that I keep on 2-3 weeks at a time.


    Regular manicures— hmmm I was lucky to go 1 full day without a chip!

    Post # 4
    2565 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Mine chip within 1-2 days, whether I do them myself or have a manicure done so I usually don’t bother paying for one.  They are usually ruined once I wash my hair.  A pedicure will last so I don’t mind paying for them once in a while.

    Post # 5
    7664 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

    I do my own nails once or twice a week. I find they’re pretty scrappy by day 5.

    Don’t know about pro nails. I would guess they would last longer if you do gel or shellac etc.

    Post # 6
    11300 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Gel/shellac mani at least a week, usually two (though my growth is generally pretty bad by week two, haha). I typically do those at home, but occasionally get them in the salon if they run a Groupon or something. 

    Regular ones? I don’t bother. It doesn’t matter how many steps you do with regular polish on me, it will always chip within a day.

    Post # 7
    2831 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    how long a manicure lasts will depend on a lot of factors- the chemistry of your nails, how much you use your hands, the quality of products, and the person who does them.

    as for choosing a manicurist, go to different salons, try people out. when i was working in salons, i saw plenty of people who bounced around to different girls in the salon before settling on one. everyone is different.

    i personally only go to salons where everyone speaks english, and where i know their cleaning processes are good. however, other people aren’t as picky as i am. i also am a licensed manicurist, so i have high standards.

    but yeah. the whole “how long does a manicure last?” question is individual. if i don’t do anything like cleaning or dishes or lawn work or go to the beach (salt water and sand will wear down a manicure/pedicure like nothing else), my color will last up to a week. i use OPI color, CND base coat, and seche vite top coat. been using that combination for 10 years now.

    now, gel polish should last up to two weeks. my mother only wears gel polish on her fingers now, since she can go 2 weeks between manicures and not have to touch up (i don’t blame her, she’s a nurse and regular manicures wear down the first night she works cause she washes her hands a zillion times).

    Post # 8
    1570 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I normally do my own, I have a lot of pride in my nails lol. But as forprofessional manicures, they normally last 1to 2 weeks.

    Post # 9
    715 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    @RainStorm:  I have finally found that by buffing my nails with a buffer block, two coats of Essie color and a generous coating of Sally Hansen Clearly Quick keeps my manicures for up to two weeks! This also works with the cheap Sinful Colors brand. The quick dry top coat makes all the difference! 

    Post # 10
    226 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @RainStorm:  You should get a shellac instead, lasts for 3 weeks. So you wont have to worry about it on your honeymoon. You can get it a week before the wedding so you won’t have to be running around trying to get a manicure a day before.

    Post # 11
    1097 posts
    Bumble bee


    Regular salon mani: 3-4 days

    Shellac salon mani: 10 days – 2 weeks

    I do my nails at home too but I get a salon mani about 1 x month (one of my besties own a great salon downtown). My new favorite product to use in salon is from the maker of Shellac (CND), it’s called Vinalux and it’s like a hybrid of shellac and regular polish. It lasts about 10 days but when you want to take it off, you can do so with regular nail polish remover (as opposed to shellac), also it’s a little less pricey then getting a shellac mani.


    Post # 12
    3222 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    @colorofmyheart:  +1!

    I use OPI or Essie colour, CND base coat, and Seche Vite topcoat. It’s what they use at my salon, and I find I get similar wear when I do them myself. I used to get a manicure once a week, but since I’ve gone back to school, I tend to do my own nails most weeks.

    I go to a spa where appt are required, rather than a walk in nail salon where they rush you or may not sterilize properly. The cost difference between my lovely spa manicure (with lots of little extras like aromatherapy. make up touch up, glass pf champagne) and the average price of a nail salon is only $15, and my nails stay pristine for at least 3 days. 



    Post # 13
    6700 posts
    Bee Keeper

    For a regular manicure three days is about right.  I think it also depends on the curve, shape, size and strength of your nails. People with flatter and broader nails tend to have theirs last longest. For me, shelllac lasts longest, then gel.    Gel has the advantage of being able to pick any color.  

    Post # 14
    10906 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    How long I think they should last for how expensive a French manicure can be is very different from how long experience has taught me that most of them will last. This is why I prefer to do my own. I’ve had professional ones chip the same day, and, except for my favorite manicurist at my former salon (where I used to live), I’ve never had one that I have liked as much as I like my own. This summer, I’ve been using a bright pink/coral shade instead, and I only have to do my nails an average of once a week — unless I’m doing something such as scrubbing the stove top or weeding.

    Post # 15
    2620 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    i dont do regular manis i have fake ones- i go once a month to have them redone and different color

    Post # 16
    1974 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I can almost always rely on my Shellac manicure to go for two weeks and sometimes I can push it to almost three weeks.  I have a genetic condition that (among other things) makes my nails very, very weak.  Shellac makes them a bit more substantive, but I would say that once every three or four manicures one of my nails just snaps.  (My manicurist is one of my favorite people on earth but I always have to tell her to file my nails really short–you can tell it pains her to do so–because they just aren’t strong and, no matter what, if they grow beyond a certain length, they will break.)

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