How to Care For Your Gel Polish Manicure on Holiday – The Ultimate Guide!

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It may be the British summer, but that doesn’t stop us wanting to escape to warmer weather! This can be a logistical nightmare for your manicure though, especially if you’re going away for 2 weeks or over – just how do you keep your mani and pedi looking salon fresh when you’re hundreds of miles from your favourite Nailista?!

Don’t panic, because we’ve thought ahead for you and we have all the tips and tricks you need to see you through from sunny Spain and back to blustery Britain.

Step 1 – Choosing the Right Manicure or Pedicure for your Holiday


If you’re looking for long-lasting wear that’s difficult to chip, you want to be looking at a Gel Manicure; gel polish is specially formulated for long-term wear – at Nailista we offer two brands of gel polish; Artistic and CND Shellac, both offer the exact same longevity, but we have both brands to give you more colour choice. (Pro-tip! For instant beach glamour choose a tropical coral colour like CND Shellac Tropix or Artistic Snapdragon, they look very instagrammable against the pool, sand and sea!)


When it comes to choosing a Nailista package, we offer two types of manicure – Gel-To-Go and Two Weeks on Shoot. Gel-To-Go is our express treatment, perfect for when you’re in a rush to get to the airport! It takes just half an hour and a trained Nailista will give your nails a quick file before whipping on some gel polish. It’s ideal if you’re going away for a short stay or a week. However, if you’re going for the full two weeks, why not go for the Two Weeks On Shoot – it’s guaranteed to last two weeks as our Nailistas will put lots of time and effort into prepping your nails to grip onto that gel polish! That’s all your cuticle work, buffing and shaping, and afterwards a little hand massage and cuticle oil to get you ready for the wind down to your holiday.

Going away for even longer? Or maybe you just want nail polish that won’t budge under the toughest conditions? We recommend booking in for our Full Jet Set Acrylic Nails package with a Gel Polish Upgrade – gel polish adheres even better to acrylic nails, making it incredibly difficult to chip! Whether you want stiletto tipped kitten claws or just an overlay to your natural nail, this is the best package for the long haul.

Step 2 – Choosing the Right Colour


There’s two factors to consider when it comes to choosing your holiday colour – whether it will hold up to the intense sunlight abroad, and whether it will look good!

It’s a fact that the sun naturally bleaches colour, so when you’re nearer the equator you should watch out for this – lighter pinks in any polish, not just gel polish, can fade in the sun. We recommend if you’re planning on staying out in the sun and being exposed to other bleaching elements like pool water, that you go for a slightly darker and brighter colour if you want a guaranteed perfect colour. However, with proper care the effect is very gradual, and gel polish will hold up much better than normal polish still!

Bright colours always look fantastic in sunny weather, so if you’re going somewhere tropical orange-toned reds and hot pinks will be a hit. You could also opt into the neon trend; neon yellows and blues from Artistic look gorgeous with summer fashions. There’s also a perfect opportunity for dark emerald greens for a luscious tropical look.

If you’re feeling even more adventurous and really want to make a special occasion of it, why not upgrade your gel manicure with glitter or nail art? This summer we love flamingos, palm trees and pineapples for nail art!

Step 3 – Follow Our Aftercare Advice!


Aftercare advice is really, really important if you want to keep your manicure looking ship-shape. The basic rule we follow is to treat your nails like jewels, not tools!

On holiday, you’ll want to watch out for sunscreen, pool water and the sun; all of which can lead to lifting, peeling and discolouration of your manicure – you can still have all your holiday fun! Just don’t leave creams and chemicals sitting on your nails, wipe them off as soon as you can, or even better, give your hands a little wash.

Being constantly wet can also affect your manicure, so if you’re swimming a lot make sure you thoroughly dry your nails afterwards and apply a little cuticle oil to rehydrate them.

Cuticle oil is always a great shout for aftercare generally; especially if you have a gel manicure – shellac is actually permeable, and the oil will penetrate through the polish and keep the nail plate hydrated, ensuring a long lasting mani!

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