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Manicures play a significant role in self-care and beauty routines, as having nails done can affect people's moods and confidence.

However, manicures can be pricey, and they can add up if you are getting your nails done weekly or biweekly. This means taking care of them is a must. No one wants to spend their hard-earned money on a gorgeous manicure just to ruin it in a few days.

So, how exactly do you take care of your nails in between salon visits? Here are some tips.

Purchase a cuticle oil

One of the most efficient ways to maintain your nails in between appointments is to purchase and apply cuticle oil, preferably one with jojoba or coconut oil. These oils not only nourish your nails but also strengthen them.

Over time, nails can weaken, with frequent use and removal of acrylics or gel causing them to thin.

Additionally, cuticle oil may prevent your cuticles from drying out and help treat any cracks you may have.

Cuticle oil is recommended to be applied to the nails once or twice a week to prevent them from becoming fragile.

Apply a nail strengthener

Another great tip for maintaining nails in between salon visits is to use a nail strengthener.

This can be done at home or before heading to your next appointment to add an extra layer of protection to your manicure.

You can also apply it post-manicure, as many brands offer nail-strengthening topcoats to prevent polish from chipping and keep your nails from thinning to the point of easily cracking.

A recommended strengthening topcoat is the Sally Hansen Advanced Hard as Nails Strengthener with omega-3 and soy to prevent peeling and protect fragile nails. 

Keep your nails buffed

What many women and manicure lovers don't know is that keeping your nails buffed is actually a very important part of nail care.

Regular buffing can prevent further peeling from occurring, particularly at the tips of your nails.

Just like cutting the ends of your hair every couple of months is necessary for hair growth, buffing the ends of your nails promotes nail growth and prevents surface stains. 

Protect nails from moisture

In our busy lives, frequent exposure to water during activities like dishwashing or cleaning can compromise our manicures. To prevent this from happening, you need to keep your nails dry by wearing gloves while doing the dishes or mopping the house. This practice can help you avoid damage and chipping, ensuring your manicure lasts longer.