While nail extensions can look very natural, anyone considering nail extensions should keep in mind that they do require regular maintenance—every two to three weeks—at the salon. In addition, certain precautions need to be taken at home to ensure their maximum life span.
AVOID products that contain lanolin or mineral oils, including hand creams, body lotions, baby oils and shampoos.
WEAR protective gloves when washing dishes, using bleach or harsh cleaning chemicals and cooking over high heat. But don’t keep gloves on too long; moisture in the gloves can negatively effect nail enhancements.
USE non-acetone nail polish remover.
APPLY cuticle oil and massage your cuticles regularly to stimulate blood circulation and keep cuticles soft.
DON’T use your nail enhancements as a screwdriver or to pry open soda cans. While they’re fairly strong, they won’t take abuse.
VISIT your nail tech for routine maintenance every 2-3 weeks (depending upon the type of artificial nails applied) or as soon as a problem occurs to prevent further damage from occurring.
NEVER try to remove nail extensions yourself. You run the risk of damaging the nail plate. Have a reputable salon do it and finish with a restorative manicure.