When it comes to a semi-permanent manicure, there is a proper way of prepping your nails before the process. Most of the time, women experience premature chipping or peeling and according to nail experts, this is a result of improper nail prep. When it comes to semi-permanent nails, it is very important that the nail plate is well-hydrated and should be free from oils, debris, and excess skin.
To help you better understand how to properly prep your nails before you apply Esmaltado semipermanente or enamel semi-permanent manicure, here are some tips that can help you do it the right way.
No Water Please!
Before you apply your semi-permanent nail polish, do a dry manicure first instead of using water. It is better not to soak your fingertips in water nor use any products that can possibly add moisture or maybe oil to your nails. During the prep process, your fingers and nails may look very dry and ugly, but that is alright. This will make sure that your polish lasts longer. You can rehydrate and moisturize your fingers and nails after the enamel semi-permanent polish is applied.
Cuticle Care Is Important
When it comes to your nail health, cuticle care is very important. This is the dead skin and it attaches to your nail plate right at the base of your nails. You need to push it back properly and remove it from your nail so that your enamel semi-permanent nail polish will adhere to the nails. If say you apply polish over your cuticles, the edges will life prematurely.
When you push the cuticle back and remove the visible dead skin cells make sure that you do it as carefully as you can. Remember that you only want to take off the dead skin that looks white and not the live tissue. Never pull the skin when nipping. Just give it a light squeeze and cut in.
Buffing The Nail Plate
Once you have taken care of the cuticles, the next thing is to buff the nail plate using a fine grit buffer. This way, it will loosen the remaining dead skin from your nail plate. It will also help remove the shine. When buffing, make sure that you do the entire nail plate – from edge to edge.
Clean And Prime
After you buffed your nail plates, you now have to remove any debris from your nails using a cleanser and a lint-free wipe. Alcohol can be used but it might not be enough. If this is all you got, make sure you use 99% isopropyl alcohol-based cleanser to dehydrate the nail plate and also remove the remaining oil for optimum adhesion.
Once you have cleaned the nails, you can then use a prep solution, primer, or a bonder, though this is an optional step. Primers can help with your nail polish adhesion and should be used if you have problems with chipping or premature lifting. Remember to use primers in areas where chipping or lifting usually occurs. Never apply it on your entire nail because it might be difficult to remove.
Prepping your nails before you apply any nail polish is a practice that you should do. Even though the semi-permanent nail polish can last for a long time, around two to three weeks, how you prepped your nails will greatly matter.