At New York Day Spa’s Nail Salon, some clients wish they could stick to a weekly appointment but their schedules won’t permit. The following expert tips should help you on those days when you don’t have any time to spare for either a salon manicure, or leisurely home nail care.
Between Salon Manicures
When the minutes are flying by but you have to touch up your nails, the last thing you want is a slow-drying polish. There is no doubt that speed-dry enamels are fast, but they chip almost as fast as they dry. The solution is a daily touch-up with a quick-drying coat that will get you through for a few more days until you can make time for a real manicure.
Should you want to go the chip-free route, there are strong, chip-resistant enamels, but they are not going to win any drying-time race. You can, however, speed up the drying time of these tougher enamels by submerging freshly painted nails in a bowl of ice-cold water for 30 seconds to harden the polish.
Light or sheer shades are recommended for real quick manicures. Sometimes you can get by with just painting a wide stripe down the center rather than carefully applying polish to the edges of your nails. If, however, a manicure is beyond repair via a topcoat, accept the reality and reach for the remover. You can keep single-use packets of nail polish remover in your bag so that you can strip away color in a hurry. When there is simply no time to apply polish, just clean underneath the nails, rub on a buffing cream, and shine them with a chamois buffer—and get yourself to a salon ASAP.