Manicures can be expensive and time consuming so you want them to last. You can make a few changes to your nail care routine, and your manicure will last longer.
Avoid nail polish. Nail polish is only one part of a manicure, but it's definitely the most noticeable. If you want your manicure to last longer, why not skip the polish? Natural nail color is beautiful and stylish if your nails look healthy underneath. Instead of having your nails painted, have your nails buffed. You won't have to sit around waiting for your nails to dry, and you won't have to touch-up any chipped or scratched nails after your manicure. This is definitely a time-saver!
Get a base coat and top coat. If you love your nail color and can't go without, at least make sure you give your nail color a good base and top coat. Base coat works as a primer to help your nail color adhere to your nails longer, and the top coat works to prevent chipping. With two additional layers of clear polish on your nails, your fingernails will be stronger, they won't chip or scratch as easily, and you can go longer without getting another manicure.
Reapply your top coat. Just because you had your manicure done at a salon doesn't mean you can't do touchups at home. Your top coat is what's going to keep your manicure looking fresh and fabulous. So take a few minutes every day to reapply a base of top coat at home. This ensures that your nail color will stay put and continue to look flawless.
Keep your hands moisturized. In the days following your manicure, you always want keep your hands and nails moisturized. This will keep your hands feeling soft and supple, and lessen your desire to get that same feel from the salon each week. Plus, moisture is great for your cuticles, which you don't want to dry up. You can use hand cream often to make your manicure last. But you can also do intensive moisture therapy on your hands once in a while using gloves. You can purchase gloves at your local drug store that are meant to be filled with moisturizer and worn all night. Do this even once a week, and not only will your hands feel pampered in the morning, but your manicure will last much longer.