A Girl's Secret to the Perfect Mani

By Shannon Hanrahan  •  October 06, 2014

Being a girl comes with a lot of fun benefits, but those benefits can also add up quickly. Many girls, like me, love doing their hair, makeup, and nails to help them take on their day. Do they need it? No. But they get enjoyment out of the process. A process it is though, so you can understand why a chipped nail 2 days after painting can be an annoyance. Even if full hair and makeup are not part of your daily routine, a little polish on your nails can go a long way in pulling yourself and your outfit together. Here are a few tips to extend the life of your DIY manicure, so that you don’t have to run to the salon every week.

 

Nail That Color

If you are finding that your nail polish is chipping at an exorbitant rate, take a little time to prep your nails before you paint them. Look at our tip jar to get an easy solution to your manicure woes. Start by giving your nails a good wash, making sure to clean out any dirt that could have gotten caught underneath the nail itself. Trim and buff your nails as needed. This will prepare you to soak them in a vinegar and water solution that will remove any excess oils or moisturizers that are still on your nails. Once you are done, the color should adhere better to your nails, delaying the chipping.

 

 

Make Everyone Gelous

 

If you are a little rougher on your nails, a gel manicure is definitely more up your alley. I love how they can last up to 4 weeks without any fading or chipping. Sounds like a great deal, but unfortunately they typically start around $30 per manicure and that is high for someone on a budget. Luckily, Sally Beauty sells an amazing product called Gelous Nail Gel Coat, and it helps your nails stay chip free for over a week! I am on day 4 of my manicure using this coat, and my nails still look perfect! For only $6 you can get salon nails at home and have extra money for gas and groceries. 



Shannon Hanrahan Shannon Hanrahan Shannon is a LA transplant from Philadelphia and a social media junkie. When she is not Pinteresting or Instagraming away, she enjoys eating dessert first, traveling to new places, and being a self-proclaimed DIY expert (aka HGTV addict).


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