How Often Should You Get a Manicure?

Published on: Apr 7, 2022 • 5 min read


Manicures are beauty treatments found in most women’s health repertoire.

There is just nothing like a beautiful set of freshly manicured (and painted) nails that makes you feel like a goddess.

But if you’re new to the world of manicures, you’re likely wondering - how often should you get a manicure?

Before we dive into the specifics, I will be honest - a manicure requires much upkeep. It’s worth it, though, as there are many health and psychological benefits associated with regular manicures.

Before you decide to get your nails done for the first time, make sure you’re prepared for the commitment!

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How Often Should You Get a Manicure?

The simple answer is anywhere between one and four times a month, depending on the type of manicure and your nail growth rate.

Certain manicures last much longer than others. However, as you might expect, they cost a bit more. (Almost any gal will share it’s worth the extra cost, though).

That said, it’s essential to know how long each manicure type lasts.

Regular Manicure on Natural Nails (Every Week)

A basic manicure is the least expensive choice and is excellent for those with healthy nails which are satisfied with their current length.

During a standard manicure, the manicurist will prep the natural nails by shaping, trimming, maintaining the cuticles with cuticle oil, and finishing with a quick hand massage.

After that, you can have nail polish applied. And although it’s salon-quality nail polish, these manicures won’t last beyond a single week without chipping or peeling.

You will need a weekly touch-up with regular manicures. This will ensure your fingertips look fab and that you effortlessly maintain healthy nails.

Acrylic Nails (Every 3-4 Weeks)

If you have shorter nails but dream of fabulously long nails, the typical go-to is acrylics.

An acrylic manicure is done in a beauty salon. The nail tech will combine a monomer with a polymer to create the fake nail.

From there, you can discuss your desired nail length and shape.

Since acrylics allow for quirky and out-of-the-box shapes like stiletto and coffin, it’s the best choice for those who want intricate nail shapes or impressive nail designs.

Acrylic nails are some of the longest-lasting nails (three to four weeks) you can get at a nail salon, making them an excellent choice for those with hectic schedules that may not be available for regular visits.

Gel Nails (Every 2-3 Weeks)

Gel manicures rose in popularity in recent years, and for a good reason, too. Unlike acrylic, gel manicures tend to be more flexible for a more comfortable and lightweight wear.

There are two types of gel manicures: soft gel and hard gel.

Soft gel (also referred to simply as “gel polish”) will work on your natural nail bed. The manicurist will ensure your nails are shaped nicely and buffed before applying the material.

On the other hand, the hard gel is best for ladies that want extensions. Gel nails using hard gels can be sculpted to create fantastic shapes and incredible lengths if desired.

Regardless of the type of gel manicure you decide on, you can expect to need a touch-up every two to three weeks.

Polygel Manicure (Every 3 Weeks)

Polygel nails are the perfect cross between acrylics and gel nails, combining the strength of the liquid monomer with the flexibility of gel.

They are surprisingly lightweight with a “natural” feel, making them one of the standout professional manicure options.

The benefit of using polygel is that they can work on all types of nails and allows for superior customization.

The polygel won’t set (harden) until it’s under a UV light, so your nail technician can play around with the shape and length until you’re 100% satisfied.

These state-of-the-art manicures can easily last up to three weeks without needing touch-ups, ensuring this is an excellent choice for those that want a monthly manicure.

(While you’re at it, don’t forget to schedule your monthly pedicure for the same time - wink, wink).

Your Nail Health and Grow Rates Play a Big Role

Every nail treatment (manicures and pedicures, for that matter) will have an “average” timeframe in which you’ll need to get your nails touched up.

However, how often you actually need to get a manicure will also depend on your overall nail health and growth rate.

Certain things can also interfere with your “usual” nail growth rates, which means you will have to accommodate fewer or more frequent manicures (and pedicures).

Here are just a few things to consider.

Pregnancy Hormones

Pregnancy hormones can affect every inch of your body, including nails, toenails, and hair.

Most women will find that their nails grow quicker and become stronger, in which case they may need a fill-in sooner than every two weeks.

On the other hand, some women experience breakage, splitting, and other undesirable effects. They may want to reduce how often they get a manicure or opt for a simple treatment to encourage healthier nails.

Certain Medications

Certain drugs - such as tetracyclines, quinolones, psoralens, and retinoids - can cause the nail’s plate to detach entirely or cause unappealing discoloration.

Some may also impact how your nails grow overall.

Either way, if certain drugs are negatively affecting your nails (and your mental well-being), you may opt to head to the salon for a manicure and pedicure on a more regular basis.

Manicure Frequency FAQs

How Often Does the Average Woman Get a Manicure?

The average woman will get manicures at least every two weeks.

Again, this all comes down to specifics such as what type of treatment she’s getting, whether or not she’s taking care of her nails, and how quickly her nails grow.

Are Nails a Waste of Money?

Getting your nails done (manicure, pedicure, or both) is not a waste of money.

Nail technicians work to ensure you end up with perfect nails, appearance-wise and health-wise.

If you get manicures done frequently, you can reduce the risk of infections, promote blood flow, ease stress and anxiety, and more!

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