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If you go to get your nails done, after picking out your polish shades – the first thing they do is give you a bowl of water to soak your nails in. So, the idea of a “waterless manicure” may sound foreign to you – but it could be the key to a long-lasting mani.

Manicure maven, Mary Wolf is a fan of this type of manicure because she says that it allows the gel to properly bond with the nail, causing less lifting. Soaking the nails is mostly meant to soften the cuticle, but other than that we don’t see a purpose.

Did you know that you’re supposed to file prior to soaking as well? Not doing so can cause tearing and excessive damage to your nail. Remember this next time you get your nails done.

Besides the obvious effects that water has on your nail, water also has the ability to harbor harmful bacteria and cause infections – no thanks!

The game changer for us is definitely the fact that manicures last longer. Waterlogged nails don’t absorb the products as well, making products less effective and more prone to chipping, lifting and cracking.

If you want to prolong the life of your mani (and who doesn’t?) then be sure to ask for a waterless mani the next time you head to the nail salon.

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