Maintenance Tips for Longer Lasting Nail Extensions – Acrylics or Gel

Maintenance Tips for Longer Lasting Nail Extensions – Acrylics or Gel

Nail extensions of any kind are a great way to enhance your nails and keep them looking perfect for weeks on end, however pesky chips, lifting and breakage can get in the way of nail perfection!

If you’re looking for how to make acrylic nails last longer, you’ve come to the right place. Here at KMK Beauty we’re talking about all things nail enhancements & extensions, divulging some of our top nail extension care tips to keep your nails looking gorgeous all the way through to your next salon trip.

So, How Long do Nail Extensions Last?

Generally, nail extensions should last 2 to 3 weeks before they need refills or removal. This will depend on a few factors and can vary from person to person, the key ones being how quickly your natural nails grow and how well you take care of them. With the right care you can expect to get 2-3 weeks out of your nail extensions, however without the right care and maintenance your acrylics can lift, chip or peel sooner than the 2–3-week mark.  

How to Make Nail Extensions Last Longer?

We’ve all been there; one more week until payday, and two-week-old nail extensions that are beginning to have seen better days. So, is there a way to make your nail extensions last longer?

Although nothing can be done about the natural growing out process, there are a number of ways you can ensure your nail extensions are looking their best until your next salon visit.

Be sure to:

Visit a trusted nail technician. An inexperienced technician can damage your nails, making your extensions deteriorate at a much faster rate. Always check online reviews if visiting someone new, and make sure you’re completely happy and confident with your choice.

Be careful doing housework. Put down that scrubbing brush! Strong chemicals often found in cleaning products can damage your nails. Soaking your extensions in warm soapy water is also bad news, as it can cause them to lift. Make sure your equipped with a quality pair of rubber gloves before you dive into any housework and keep your nails looking spic and span for longer – Remember your nails are jewels not tools 😊

Avoid pressure on your nails. We all recognize that sound of nail extensions tapping on a phone or keyboard. But the truth of it is, putting too much unnecessary pressure on your nail extensions can mean you need them replaced more frequently. Try where possible, to type or pick things up using as much of the pad of your finger as possible, rather that getting the nail involved.

Top up your topcoat. Lock in that glossy finish and prevent chips by topping up your topcoat at home. At KMK Salon Supplies you can explore Top Coats to seal and protect your nails for longer

Care for Nail Extensions

The right care and maintenance are vital for keeping your nail extensions looking their absolute best until your next top-up at the salon. When it comes to how to care for nail extensions, alongside the tips above, it’s important to engage in a regular hand care routine to keep your nails and hands healthy.

The importance of regular hand and nail care is to avoid your skin drying out, as this not only leaves you with unsightly hands but can lead to damage and lifting of your nail extensions. Try to avoid any products that will dry out your hands and nails – examples: alcohol-based hand sanitizers and be sure to moisturize regularly – especially after washing your hands.

You should also moisturize your cuticles daily with cuticle oil to keep your nails happy and healthy. Finally apply a heavier hand cream before bed to wake up with hands and nails that look and feel fantastic!

Check out our bestselling cuticle oil:

NeoNail Cuticle Oil with Pipette

NeoNail Cuticle Oil

So, there you have it – a little bit of TLC, and you can enjoy your gorgeous nail extensions for longer. For all the goods you need to keep on top of your nail care, be sure to check out our Nail Care Range here at KMK Salon Supplies

If you’re interested in becoming a pro at Nail Extensions check out our Range Nail Extensions Courses.


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