5 Ways to Keep Nails from Chipping

Nothing is more annoying than having your nail polish chip right after spending some dough (or time) getting a manicure. So, we’ve gathered a few tips for keeping your nails from chipping.

How to Stop Chipped Nails

Wear Gloves

Work Gloves

It sounds so simple but how often do we follow this advice? Even if you have a dishwasher, you still rinse off your dishes, which can weaken the polish and allow it to chip easily. Similarly, when you’re doing basic cleaning like wiping the countertops in your house, slap the gloves on.

Buff ‘Em

Nail Buff

It’s easy to forget this step because so often we’re rushing trying to get the polish on and move on to the next item on our to do list. But, if you spend a few minutes buffing each nail before applying polish, it will adhere better to the surface and can last several days longer than usual.

Spray Rubbing Alcohol

Alcohol Spray

One reason your nails chip is because polish is applied the natural oils on your nails. To get rid of the oils, fill a regular spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and give your nails a spritz. Let it dry and rub your nails with a dry cloth. This removes all the oils and allows your polish to last longer.

Apply Thin Coats

Green Nails

Many chipping problems can also occur from having nail polish that’s too thick. Even though it seems like polish dries in less than 15 minutes, it’s best to give it around 30-45 minutes to cure. Tip: try putting on one, very thin coat and letting it dry for 30 minutes while you watch your favorite show. Then repeat.

Try Out New Products

Sally Hansen Nail Polish Strips

If none of these tips work for you or you have nails that are thin and break easily, research new products like nail polish strips or get a gel manicure. Nail polish strips are like a small sticker that can be applied to your nail, and they usually come in a range of designs and styles. A gel manicure is a newer technique that uses ultraviolet light to cure several light coats of polish. When you leave, your nails are dry and it typically lasts for a week and a half.

Catherine A.

Catherine A.

Catherine keeps you up to date on the most stylish beauty trends. A southern gal and avid blogger, Cat is armed and ready with a wealth of beauty knowledge to share with the world. Even though she's a die hard fashionista, she's also extremely frugal and loves sharing tips on "spending less and living more." When she's not writing, Cat loves teaching, taking dance classes, and spoiling her dog, Julep.
Catherine A.

Latest posts by Catherine A. (see all)