1. Push instead of cut
Make sure your nail technician is gently pushing your cuticles instead of cutting them. Cut cuticles mean dried, cracked cuticles that cause you to go back to the salon sooner than you’d like.
2. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
These are the days when salons see the least amount of customers. Most salons will offer special deals during these days but may not advertise them. Be sure to ask your technician whether there are any specials during these days.
3. Get gel
Although it’s more expensive, getting gel is the best insurance for lasting manicures. Whenever I get gel polish, my manicures will last for about 14 days and even on day 14, my polish still shines as it did on day one.
4. Use cuticle oil
Cuticle oil moisturizes better than any hand cream, so invest in it and use it daily in-between visits to prevent cracked cuticles.
5. Glitter is gold
For your nails, at least. Using glittery, pearlized polishes will make your manicure last longer. Finishes with glitter tend to prevent chips more than matte finishes.
6. Polish remover first
Some nail technicians seem to forget this step. Applying an acetone foundation (like polish remover) before a base coat allows polish to adhere better than without. The acetone cleans your naked nail, removing oils and debris.