Does anyone know how to keep nail polish from chipping so fast?

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No matter how hard I try, I can't get it to stay on! I did a base coat (sally hansen), 2 coats of polish (OPI), and a no chip acrylic top coat (sally hansen), and within 24 hours, some of the nails started to chip at the tips and the sides, help!!
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Don't use it. That works the best.

Seriously...I can't get nailpolish to last more than a few hours either, and I have tried all the tricks too. I chip within hours after a professional manicure too. Waste of money. I think some people's body chemistry just doesn't work for nail polish.
Here are two things you can try:
1. Before painting the nail, do a strip right along teh top of the nail so that the colour covers the very top and a little bit on the inside and a little bit on the outside. Really hard to explain sorry!
2. Run your nails under cold water, or dip in cold water, after painting. this hardens the nail polish.

These work for me, so hopefully help you!!
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I'll give that a try, thanks!!
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I have had this exact problem until recently. Two products have been awesome: Orly Bonder and Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat (both available at Sally's). Before trying these I couldn't keep my polish on past one time doing the dishes. Every time I have used these I have gone a couple of weeks with perfect polish (no chipping, no peeling, etc.) and that is with TONS of handwashing (I am a massage therapist and have a little one in diapers still, so I mean a LOT of handwashing. )
I try to remove most of the natural oils on my nailbeds first by using a really fine grit file on the surface of my nails, then I apply Orly, polish, second coat, Sech Vite, and end with avocado oil on my cuticles. I let my nails dry for about 1 minute between each coat.
Hope this helps!
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Last edited by mmassage; 05-28-2009 at 05:14 PM.
If you happen to have extra natural oil on your nailbeds, you may want to try drying them with rubbing alcohol before the above routine. If you do try that, I would make sure to use a cuticle oil at the end to replenish the moisture in the surrounding area.
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The manicure I had that lasted longest was after I ran home in below zero weather without wearing gloves. Somehow the stuff froze on to my nails and lasted for weeks.

Not worth it.
I'm convinced there is also something to do with the chemical makeup of your nails. My friend and I can do our nails the same day with the application method and products. Mine will last all week with hardly a chip. She has to do hers 2 days later. And my mother's used to rub off instead of chipping within hours.

That being said, I always wear rubber gloves when doing any cleaning. I find that helps maintain my manicure longer.
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If you happen to have extra natural oil on your nailbeds, you may want to try drying them with rubbing alcohol before the above routine. If you do try that, I would make sure to use a cuticle oil at the end to replenish the moisture in the surrounding area.
Originally Posted by mmassage

Yes, polish on natural nails just dont last as long as acrylics because of your natural oils. So doing the rubbing alchohol [or even acetone] trick before applying basecoat helps a ton. It really all depends on the polish you buy though.
Ive got very long natural nails that i keep painted and have accumulated a box of abt 50 polishes. Some last very long, and ive also had some that chipped in a day. Since i buy for the colors i like i dont really stick to one brand.. maybe you should switch up. Opi is a good polish so it may be your top & basecoats.
Some of the longest lasting manicures ive had have come from the Sally Hansen Salon brand, the colors are very rich. & the base & topcoat i use i dont think you will be able to find, its actually a cheap brand they have at some salons called "Sation" --usually only $1-2 but it works best !
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I have horrible nails, they always peel and I can't grow them out to save my life. I'm lucky if my nail polish lasts more than a few hours before it starts to chip off. In an attempt to find something to keep my nails from peeling I came across NailAid. I have been using their Peeling Nail Intense Repair Gel for a few weeks and was noticing that it never chipped or peeled off. So I started using it as a top coat over my OPI polish. Its like magic! I'm on day four and not a chip in sight. The tips are a little worn but I type for a living so I think that's going to happen no matter what. As far as I can tell they only sell it on their website, but its only $6.50 a bottle. Try it!!!
I have had this exact problem until recently. Two products have been awesome: Orly Bonder and Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat (both available at Sally's).
Originally Posted by mmassage
I use both of these and I LOVE LOVE LOVE them!!! Wearing rubber gloves when doing dishes and cleaning (wet work) house have helped A LOT, too.
You can try Sally Hansens moisturizer before nail polish. It is efficient way to avoid chipping of nail polish.
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Last edited by alica; 02-21-2012 at 03:30 AM.
I can paint my nails and the polish will be chipped and/or peeling at the tips and sides within the same day. Usually it's the next day when it starts to peel/chip, but sometimes it happens the same day. I used OPI and put on a Sally Hansen no chip top coat and I still noticed them chipping a bit the next day or two.
I will try some of the suggestions given and see if that works. But, I do a lot of typing for work and am wondering if there's a way to keep the polish from chipping at the ends when doing a lot of typing? I'm so tired of having to redo my polish every day or every other day.

Last edited by Rebecca0630; 05-10-2012 at 11:58 AM.
ditto the gloves. Gloves for doing dishes, cleaning, gardening. And I do keep my nails short which seems to help.
I use cheap polish, never use a base or top coat, and have soft bendy nails (even with gloves, years of having my hands in the dirt has wrecked my nails). But my polish doesn't chip for at least 3 days and then I just add another layer of polish midweek and my manicures will last at least a week.
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Last edited by jeepcurlygurl; 05-10-2012 at 12:12 PM.
Wet n wild have some new nail polish that is call megalast and they last a really long time without chipping. I like them better than my opi ones lol. They are on sale right now at Walgreens for .99
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Don't use it. That works the best.

Seriously...I can't get nailpolish to last more than a few hours either, and I have tried all the tricks too. I chip within hours after a professional manicure too. Waste of money. I think some people's body chemistry just doesn't work for nail polish.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
+1

I love nail polish, unfortunately even Shellac/Gelish doesn't stay on my nails a full 48 hours. I can't make it 24 hours with regular polish of any sort, no matter what tricks and tips are used. Even acrylic or gel nails lift on me within days. It really bums me out.
Don't use it. That works the best.

Seriously...I can't get nailpolish to last more than a few hours either, and I have tried all the tricks too. I chip within hours after a professional manicure too. Waste of money. I think some people's body chemistry just doesn't work for nail polish.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
+1

I love nail polish, unfortunately even Shellac/Gelish doesn't stay on my nails a full 48 hours. I can't make it 24 hours with regular polish of any sort, no matter what tricks and tips are used. Even acrylic or gel nails lift on me within days. It really bums me out.
Originally Posted by CAT301
Me too. I guess every persons different, but my polish starts wearing off within a day. My acrylics rarely make it a full 2 weeks, and even the gel nails broke off me.

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