It’s no secret that getting a manicure is one of the most enjoyable ways to treat yourself after a long week. After all, nothing feels better than having that manicure appointment coming up where your nails are being shaped, buffed, and painted to perfection, while you sit back and relax.

But before you head straight to the nail salon for your manicure appointment, there are some things that you should and should not do to ensure you get the best out of your manicure or any beauty service for that matter. Preparation is important, so make sure to follow these dos and don’ts:

Do your research about manicure

The nail salon business in Curaçao is booming. You can find one almost everywhere, and they’re offering more options than ever before. Whether you want gel nails, acrylic, shellac, or a classic manicure, you’ll find the services and styles you’re looking for very easily. So, if you’re set on a specific nail application, be sure to check the services a salon offers prior to booking.

It is also important to keep safety as your main concern when finding the right salon. A location close by and/or lower prices sound attractive but having your nails done in a clean salon where health and safety precautions are considered, such as sterilizing tools, is far more important.

Don’t style your nails at home

You might feel like you want to start the process before going to your appointment. But it is best to leave everything over to the professional in order not to damage your nail. Try not to do the following things before your appointment:

Cutting your own cuticles: you may cut the skin too much and cause bleeding. This will not only hurt but an open and uncleaned wound can get infected much easier.

Shaping your nails: you may file them unevenly and ruin the structure

Removing old polish: if you remove it incorrectly you will not only remove the nail coating but also layers of your natural nail which will lead to damaged and weakened nails.

Clipping your own nails

Do decide on your shape, length, and color

The most fun part of the appointment is deciding on the end result. There are many shapes, lengths, and colors you can choose from. Before your appointment gets started, let your nail technician know what shape and length you want to ensure that you’re happy with the end product. Some of the most popular shapes are oval, round, square, stiletto, and coffin. If you’re a complete newbie to nail shapes oval might be a good choice as it’s the most classic shape.

Also, discuss any polish color or design preference you have before your appointment to get the ball rolling.

Do take care

So, now that you have your fresh manicure, it is time to take good care of your nails and protect them from getting damaged because of your day-to-day life activities. Here are some tips to prolong the lifespan of your manicure, and ensure your nails are kept healthy and looking good:

  • Make sure to wear gloves when using any cleaning products.
  • Try to avoid acetone at all costs possible
  • Use cuticle oil religiously to keep your nails strong and the skin around healthy.
  • In between manicures always use a nail fail and never clippers

Do make a follow-up manicure appointment

By scheduling an appointment you have the benefit of choosing your preferred technician and avoiding busy hours or long waiting times.