Making manicures last longer?

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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2164 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I just read in a magazine that three days after a mani, you should apply another layer of top coat/clear coat to make it last longer. I haven’t tried it though.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I have heard good things about Zoya Anchor base coat.  Nail polish lasts a day on me if I’m lucky, sometimes less.  I have never used a base coat before though.  One make up blog I read she claims nail polish lasts 7 days on her, i have no idea how.  She must just sit still, not touch anything, or wash her hands that week!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I’ve never done shellac, but I am a huge fan of gel (Gelish, opi). I get pretty down and dirty with my nails (rock climbing, gardening, dishes… ;p), and they last me two to three weeks. Basically until they get too far up the bed to be pretty. And I’m the girl who can’t even make it out of the salon without messing up typical polish!

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

How often do you wash your hair?  Wash dishes?  Clean?  Perhaps wearing gloves when you can and washing your hair less often might help. I honestly think the shampoo breaks down the polish, but I have NO way to justify this thought lol..

I bought an at-home gel system. It doesn’t last 2 weeks, but it lasts longer than the normal manicure (which only lasts me about 2-3 days usually). Maybe like 5 days?  I have to do better with it and stop picking at it as soon as it starts to peel/chip. That’s my problem.. I’ll see a piece of polish lifting up and I just attack all my nails lol

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I use a cheapo bottle of base/top coat/nail strengther all in one I got at Walmart for a base coat and for my top coat. I reapply the topcoat every two days. My polish stays a week min, I do dishes twice a day, and I wash my hair every second day. I can keep a mani like this for a week, easily. 

 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Ninteenthchance:  As soon as I wash my hair my nails are toast!  So if I paint my nails a night before a non hair washing day, 2 days is the best I can get.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Ninteenthchance:  Ha! I’ve got this one! lol. So I usually change my polish 2-3 days anyway, but I’ve gotten caught up wearing the same polish for a week plus on some ocassions. I definitely have some suggestions to help you out!

1. Number one thing to a manicure lasting long is a good base coat (and top coat combination)! I saw a PP mention Zoya Anchor. Haven’t tried it myself because I already have a base coat I love (why mess with a good thing?), but same as her, I’ve heard great things about it. I personally use a treatment as my base coat, and it’s the Nail Tek Intensive Therapy II.

2. Make sure to remove absolutely all oils from your nails before you apply your base coat/polish. Use a pure acetone nail polish remover and just quickly swipe it over your nails before applying your base coat.

3. Apply at least two layers of polish. I usually use 2-3 coats depending on the polish. But if you use only one, even if the polish is super opaque and looks just perfect after one coat, I find that it will chip almost immediately.

4. While I’m huge on preaching that expensive brands are NOT better than cheaper brands when it comes to polish, I do find that certain brands as a whole tend to chip a bit more on me. Essie and OPI are two offenders for me. I’ve heard some people have chipping issues with Zoya, but honestly, they’re one of the longest lasting polishes on me personally. Try several polishes in different brands to see if you can pinpoint a brand that just doesn’t do it for you.

5. Older polishes that are NOT 3Free can tend to last longer. There’s a lot of research about the Big 3 (DBP, formaldehyde, and toulene), so it’s up to you if you want to try to use older polishes.

6. You really need to find a good top coat to go along with a good base coat. It needs to be a combo and make take a bit to figure out. I will NOT use a non-quick drying top coat. I’d go crazy if I had to wait for my polish to dry. I’ve been using Poshe top coat for a couple of years. Prior to that, I was big into Seche Vite, which is also very popular. I stopped using it because of the fumes. It is not 3Free, and it is probably one of the most offensive, strong smelling polishes I’ve ever used.

7. Wear gloves when you do chores/water related chores (washing dishes is the main offender), and do not use your nails as tools! With the water thing, I shower without gloves or anything fancy, but when I wash dishes or I’m going to be cleaning something with water, I always wear gloves. And using your nails as tools not only help protect your polish, but it protects your nails. Just be aware that if you do activites that pick at the tips of your nails (opening soda cans, scratching a label off something, etc.), you’re weakening them and causing your polish to want to flake off.

8. Don’t apply polish right after you get out of the shower or when your nails have been exposed to water for an extended period of time (swimming, washing dishes without gloves, etc.).

9. This isn’t so much a tip to help keep polish on, but it’s helpful for your nails in general. Find a product that helps strengthen your nails and wear it all the time. Like I said before, I absolutely love Nail Tek Intensive Therapy II. It keeps my nails looking great, healthy, and strong. I wear it ALL THE TIME. Even if I don’t have polish on (which is a RARE occasion), I still make sure I have my Nail Tek on.

Hopefully these tips help you out! If I think of any more, I’ll post them!

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