First, schedule all your chores around your manicure
iStock/Yulia-Images “If I know I’m doing my mani on Monday I will do everything I can on Sunday, including the heavy chores like scrubbing my bathroom, mopping, laundry, windows, and mirrors—even giving my doggie a bath!” says celebrity manicurist Erica Marton. “Chemicals in cleaning products break down the molecules of the nail polish. It might not completely take off the polish but will break it down, which will lead to chips,” she says. “Being organized really takes the headache out of it all, then I can sit and be pretty in my clean home.”
Never use your nails as tools
iStock/gilaxia “The biggest piece of advice I can offer to those who want longevity from their manicures is: Never use your nails as tools. I know it is so tempting, but we have to retrain ourselves,” says Ashley Gregory, Chicago-based celebrity manicurist. That means no scratching off price tags, picking off wax, or using nails in place of tweezers. Here’s how to keep your hands healthy and hydrated all year long.