Gel manicures seem to be the magical answer to all chipped manicure woes, but sadly, they can still show signs of wear and tear eventually. Luckily, these essential hacks for making a gel manicure last ensure you'll get the most out of your gels. While you can't stop your nails from growing out and potentially chipping, you do get to control how much effort you put into upkeep.
In case you're unfamiliar with the world of gel manicures, WiseGeek broke down the details. The site explained, "Gel nails, unlike standard acrylic nails, contain additional short chain monomers, known as oligomers, that makes the nails more flexible ... They are thin and flexible, with a glossy appearance." What makes them last for upwards of two weeks to a month is that "light cured gel nails are hardened by placing your fingers under an ultra-violet light for approximately two minutes."
If the exposure to UV rays has you (understandably) nervous, look for salons that use LED lamps instead of straight UV lamps to reduce your exposure to potentially harmful rays. And definitely prep yourself with the other crucial gel manicure safety guidelines!
Once you're rocking a gorgeous gel manicure, follow the hacks below to make them last as long as possible.
1. Avoid Too-Hot Water
As good as a steamy shower or long bath feels, Byrdie shared that hot water can occasionally "cause the polish to lift up." Yikes.
2. Add Additional Top Coat
3. Scribble Over Chips
4. Push Back Your Cuticles
5. Apply Nail Oil
6. Wear Rubber Gloves When Cleaning
7. Add Reverse Ombre Glitter Tips
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You can hide the growth with this genius reverse ombre hack from Lauren at ThinkingCloset. Just swipe a few coats of glitter polish over your exposed nail tips.