Aftercare Advice

Keeping nail enhancements immaculate can be easily done by following our aftercare advise.

  • Be extra careful when wearing nail enhancements.
  • Be careful with car door handles, use a spoon to open cans/ring pulls.
  • Knocking your nails can damage or tear off gel/acrylics, which can be painful and drastically affect the health of your nails. Acrylic or gel nails should not damage the natural nail, unless they are pulled off, therefore it is vital to the health of your nails not to do anything too strenuous.
  • You should be extra gentle with your gel/acrylic nails for the first 24-48 hours after they are applied. Although the material used dries in minutes, they are not very strong until the bonding process has been completed. Avoid hot baths/hot tubs for the first 48 hours as wet heat can weaken and make the nails lift.
  • Wash hands immediately after swimming and hot tubs to remove the chlorine which can weaken the nails and fade polish colours.
  • Always gloves for cleaning and gardening work. Strong detergents such as bleach and cleaning products can discolour the nails.
  • Oxygen can hinder the speed of the drying process so by using a cuticle oil, you help seal the nails, speeding up the curing process.
  • Use a cuticle oil daily as moisturising your nails will encourage healthy nail growth.
  • Only use a salon to remove your nails. Removing your nail enhancements at home will certainly damage your natural nail.
  • Avoid moisturisers, sun cream or tanning products that contain Lanolin or Mineral Oil. These will cause Acrylics to weaken and ‘lift’. Wear gloves for applying tanning lotion.
  • If there are any signs of lifting or damage to the nails it is important to contact the salon as soon as possible. Water and bacteria can accumulate under lifted nails.
  • Regular maintenance of infills or professional removal is essential to keep the nail enhancements and natural nails looking immaculate.
  • Finally, take care of your nails.

For Pedicures;

  • Wash feet daily and dry thoroughly
  • Use a foot powder if your feet sweat
  • Avoid wearing tight-fitting shoes, tights or socks too often, allow the feet to breathe.
  • Use a pumice or exfoliant on your feet weekly to keep hard skin under control
  • Regular use of a moisturising heel balm (such as Flexitol available at Boots/Superdrug) will keep your heel skin supple.
  • Use moisturising lotion on the feet and legs to keep skin soft and to improve circulation.
  • Cut and file nails straight across and keep them at a sensible but do not use metal files.
  • Use a cuticle oil daily as moisturising your nails will encourage healthy nail growth. Follow our tips on nail enhancements to keep gel colours and acrylic toes healthy.