Whether you get weekly manicures or save them for a special occasion, prefer pricy salon offerings or love to treat yourself to an at-home spa day, the end result of having a glossy new manicure is something we can all appreciate from time to time.
And though most polishes are designed to last a matter of days (or weeks, if you’re lucky), it’s understandable if you want to make your manicure last as long as possible … especially if you’ve paid a pretty penny for that polish job.
But there are plenty of unexpected things you’re probably doing that might actually be ruining your manicure, leading to chipped nails and dull color before you can even take that perfect Instagram shot to show it all off.
Here are the most unexpected things that are probably ruining your manicure
Taking a relaxing nightly bath can cause nail polish to flake off.
If part of your self-care not only involves a mani/pedi but also a steamy hot bath, we’ve got bad news: Soaking in water is one of the worst things you can do for your manicure.
According to Byrdie, soaking your tips in hot water allows the water to “seep into the nail plate, which causes the polish to lift up and even peel off altogether.” Switching to cooler showers helps, but even running fingers through your hair in the shower or tub can cause chips in polish.
As cosmetic chemist Joseph Cincotta told Allure magazine, “Your polish is softer when you get out of the water, so it can easily flake off if it gets caught on a strand of hair.” Use a wide-tooth comb or brush made to de-tangle wet hair (such as the Wet Brush) to help lessen any accidental polish chips during your daily routine.
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Source:: Business Insider