I hope you love your new nails and I am sure you will want to keep them looking their best, so I have put together the following guidelines to help you keep them in tip top condition.
The most important thing to remember is:
NAILS ARE JEWELS NOT TOOLS
You should apply cuticle oil at least twice a day, to keep your cuticle moisturised and healthy (first thing in the morning and last thing at night). You can purchase a specialised cuticle oil from £3.
Please wear rubber gloves when washing up, cleaning and gardening.
Chlorine can cause lifting in extreme cases. To lessen the chance of this oil your nails before you swim and after. It is also advisable to wait 24 hours before and after application before swimming and always rinse your hands thoroughly after swimming to remove chlorine.
Sun Tan Cream, fake tans and other highly pigmented substance may affect the colour of your nails. You should try to avoid it coming into contact with your nails and use gloves to apply it correctly.
Filing your nails will break the seal and cause premature lifting. If filing is necessary, paint the edge of the filed nail using clear nail polish
If you break a nail, the product seal will be broken and your manicure will more than likely lift. File and then paint the edge with clear polish, or alternatively contact me for a repair.
Avoid very hot water or steam for the first 48 hours, including washing up.
Wash your hands after applying sunscreen
Your nails have been applied by a professional, for the best care they should also be removed by a professional. If you do decide to remove your nails yourself, please ask for a removal kit and instructions.
Do not pick, peel or bite your nails, they are not indestructible. The products I use are designed to create an adhesive bond to the natural nail and if picked will cause damage to the natural nail.
Book your next appointment for 2-3 weeks time to avoid disappointment
Use the pads of your fingers or knuckles rather than your nails for opening car doors, making the bed, flushing toilets or unbuckling car seats etc.
Be careful when preparing food as some produce can stain nails, make sure you wash your hands thoroughly before and after food preparation.
Avoid exposure to harsh cleaning chemicals such as cleansers or acetone based nail removers. These can start to break down the surface of Gelish and may cause lifting and staining.
Finally, take care of your nails! They are not indestructible, but by keeping to these points you can help your Gelish, GHG or liquid & powder nails stay as fresh as the day it was done.
Soak Off Removal
Gelish and acrylics are removed by buffing and applying soak off onto cotton pads and wrapping the nails. After 10 – 30 minutes (depending on the product) the polish or enhancement will lift from the natural nail. Any residue may be removed, by wiping with a cotton pad and gentle pushing with an orange stick. This will be carried out by myself (Gelish soak off is free of charge prior to re-application). If you would prefer to remove this yourself, I recommend using the Gelish Mini Soak Off kit, which can be purchased from me for £10 (Mini Soak Off Kit – contains Gelish Soak Off Remover, Nail file, Magis Foil Wraps and a bottle of Nourish cuticle oil).