Caring for Your New Nails at Home
In caring for your new nails, you may need to modify some bad habits. Your new nails are strong, but not unbreakable. You’ll need to treat them properly to keep them looking great for a long time.
1. Be very deliberate when using your hands. Start using the sides and balls of your fingers to pick things up with and avoid pulling backwards against the tips of the nails, as this can cause injury or breakage.
2. Always use the proper tool! Your nails were NOT created to be used as a screwdriver, can opener, and the ultimate-unwedger-of-all-things!
3. Do not leave your hands in water for long periods of time. Water eventually breaks down just about everything including nail adhesive.
4. The nails should never be clipped, picked, nipped, or pulled off. That will guarantee damaged nails!
5. Do not try to remove them.
6. Do not put your nails in harsh chemicals such as cleaning products. Wear gloves when gardening, washing dishes, and any heavy duty cleaning.
7. Use acetone free varnish remover.
8. If any other changes are noticed such as discolouration, redness or a rash on the skin, return immediately.
9. Apply cuticle oil at least twice a day. The use of cuticle oil is strongly recommended, to keep your enhancements flexible, prolong their life and to reduce the risk of breakage, but DO NOT use lanolin based creams, as this can cause lifting.
How Long Will They Last?
The less pressure put on your new nails, the longer they will last. Just playing with a paper clip by bending it back and forth will eventually break it, so will your nails. They can only take so much pressure before they crack and/or break so treat your new nails with the same care that you would if your natural nails were the same length. Remember nail enhancements are extensions of your own nail and not a nail transplant.
Your new nails will need to be maintained every 2 to 3 weeks. Maintenance work includes re-filing and re-shaping of the nail, repair of any breakage, cracking, or lifting, fill-in of new growth, and polish, if desired. When you do come in for any nail service, please remove your polish before your appointment. By having your nails regularly maintained, you will avoid most of the problems associated with artificial enhancements.