Found: The Salon Secret For A Longer Lasting Pedi

We can’t believe we haven’t heard about this pedi trend sooner…

The secret to a longer-lasting polish is swerving the water! Step forward the Dry Pedi aka the salon industry’s latest secret weapon.

No water. No pre-soak. Just an intensive, dry exfoliation before your polish.

It’s a time-saver too, shaving 10 minutes off the standard pedi time if you’re in a rush.

Intrigued? “There’s a ritual around water, but in actual fact it’s less sanitary and when a nail is soaked it expands, making it prone to cracking once dry,” explains Vivienne Nweke, owner of express beauty bar Cucumba.

Fact of the day: nails that haven’t been saturated in water hold polish better so you can wear your open toe shoes for longer. Win!

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You still get your pedi pampering fix with soothing oils and massage creams.

Pedis are more popular than ever with a 459% rise in bookings versus this time last year, according to beauty booking service Wahanda.

Pre-bank holiday also sees a big spike in pedi bookings.

We’re taking pedi inspo from Katy Perry and Cheryl Cole who’ve both recently flaunted their pedis on Instagram.

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Nail your summer colours while you can before you’re reunited with wintry ankle boots and tights.

If you’re cool skin toned, pick out a bright pink or cobalt blue. If you have warm skin, try a coral or orangey-red to flatter your feet.

Long-lasting professionals pedis should always include a base coat, two coats of colour and a top coat to seal so prepare for a dry time wait to avoid smudges.

Grab your flip-flops, we’re off to Dry Pedi, pronto.