Make Your Manicure Last

| by Chris Mann, Owner, The Woodhouse Spa - Dayton, under Woodhouse Services

A manicure yields more than just gorgeous looking nails! You can also expect softer, smoother, younger-looking hands and even some improved circulation. Still, there is nothing more frustrating than looking down at your fresh manicure and seeing a chip or bubble just 30 minutes after you have left the spa. Here are some tips for a longer-lasting manicure.

File And Buff

The maintenance of your nails in between manicures is as important as the manicure itself. Ensuring that your nails are filed often will encourage consistent, even growth. Buffing is also helpful to remove and prevent the formation of ridges and to ensure that polish will adhere smoothly.

Use A Base And Top Coat

Depending on the brand of polish, most high-quality nail salon will use a base coat, and all should use a top coat.  The top coat is absolutely essential for a long-lasting manicure. The base coat can help adhere the color to the nail and protects it from any potential staining, especially from brighter or darker shades of polish. The top coat not only provides a beautiful shine, but helps harden the color to prevent chipping and fading by protecting the nail from UVA/UVB rays.

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

When it comes to moisturizing your hands and skin, you almost can’t do it enough. Moisturizer will keep hands and cuticles soft and enrich the skin around the nails with essential nutrients. Moisturizing can help prevent signs of aging and help keep hands smooth and supple. Choosing a spa that utilizes the highest-quality products with natural and certified-organic ingredients will help make your manicure last longer. Our favorites include Fluffy Bunny and Marshmallow Melt from Farmhouse Fresh.

Stay Away From Heat And Water

It’s a common misconception that nail polish hardens immediately following a manicure. Depending on the product, it can take up to 12 hours for the polish to fully harden. To avoid smudging, bubbling or peeling, try to avoid exposing a fresh manicure to water or excessive heat immediately after you’ve had them done.

Avoid Clunky Tasks

If you have to do the dishes, tend to your flowerbeds, or perform any other tasks that require excessive use of your hands, opt to wear gloves. Gloves will protect your hands from the elements and will also help your manicure withstand the test of time.

Address Any Health Concerns

There are a number of health issues that can be at least partially diagnosed through the appearance of hands and nails. Certain medical conditions can cause cracking, chipping or ridges in nails, so if you notice an increase in any of these or any other sudden change in the appearance of your nails mention it to your health care provider. Supplements such as Biotin and Vitamin B can be useful for maintaining good nail health, but be sure to consult with your doctor before adding any supplements to your diet.

Treat Yourself

The Woodhouse Day Spa offers a variety of hand and nail treatments at each of our locations. Our signature essential oil blend is used in a deeply relaxing, calming ritual at the start of each Woodhouse manicure. When you book an experience at our Dayton location’s nail salon in Beavercreek, Ohio, consider adding a 50-minute luxury hand treatment - the Woodhouse Signature Hand Retreat or the Warm Agave Nectar Manicure for intense moisturization.

These tips from our nail spa at The Greene will help keep your hands and nails in tip top shape and make your manicure last longer.

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