Before Your Book
Before you book your mani/pedi ask the salon what kind of sterilizing system they use. We've all see the news specials about the creepy crawlies that live on unclean nail equipment. If you don't want a fungus or heaven forbid your fingers to fall off, get nosy and ask questions. Tools should be heated in an autoclave or soaked in hospital strength solutions. If you really want to be on the safe side, bring your own tool kit. Just let the salon know before hand that you are planning on going that route.
To make your manicure move a little fashion remove your current polish the night before and give you hands a good soak and clean.
In The Salon
You know the girl who has to arrive to her mani appointment an hour early so she can stare at the wall of polish aka wall of indecision. That's me, I'm that girl. I wasn't always that girl. For years I was a strictly basic black polish kind of girl. Now 60 shades later I'm the girl who can't make up her mind and has a ridiculous collection of polish to prove it. Here are a few hand tips to keep you from becoming the crazy that is me.
Start with the a little processes of elimination. Narrow down the color family, Once you have your color family picked out decide if you want sparkle, shimmer, matte, or gloss. Hopefully after this you will only have a few shades left. Now grab those bottles and put the shades to the test. We've all been there, shades look different on the nail than they do in bottle. See which one strikes your fancy. And always bring one shade that you know you love to the appointment, if indecision really kicks in you know that you have a back up.
Ready To Dry
Let your nails dry the old fashioned way. Exposing your hands to the ultraviolet lights in the nail dryers can speed up the aging process in your skin. Even though the UVB may be quicker opt for the fan. You hands in 20 years will thank you.
After Your Visit
If you really enjoyed your trip book another appointment right away. If the price is right you might want to book a block of appointments. A lot of salons give discounts for block booking, and some don't even require you to pre pay.
To keep your manicure looking salon perfect for days to come apply a new topcoat ever couple of days, the color will last longer.