Getting a manicure typically goes like this: You pick your polish, your nails get clipped and filed and then you dunk them into a bowl of warm water, right? Well, even though we've all grown accustomed to the pre-polish soak, many nail pros actually advise against it.
It turns out that when you soak your fingers, your nails absorb some of that water and temporarily expand. And since it takes hours for them to fully dry and shrink back to their normal size, the polish that's on top inevitably contracts and chips easier.
So the next time you head to the salon, ask for a waterless mani (or pedi) to ensure longer-lasting results. Added bonus: You no longer have to worry about how clean that foot tub is.