We already know that Sacramento is America’s top city for CrossFit, a high-intensity interval-training program known for the toughness of its adherents. But that discovery made us wonder: what does this mean for Sacramento’s beauty industry? After all, you can’t expect a typical mani-pedi to withstand up to five grueling workouts a week. Sacramento nail salons need to bring a little something extra to the table, as their technicians are often tasked with crafting looks as durable as they are stylish. Luckily, the world of nail art has exploded in recent years, and new advancements mean that mani-pedis can endure more kettlebell swings and burpees than ever before. Whether you’re new to CrossFit or a seasoned veteran, we’ve put together this guide to help you find a mani-pedi that’s as tough as your workout. Standard PolishNail polish in its modern form was invented in the early 1900s—nearly a full century before CrossFit was founded in 2000. It’s no surprise, then, that standard polish isn’t the most durable option for today’s punishing workouts. It might remain intact for about a week but will likely start to fade and chip after too many dumbbell shoulder presses.Durability Rating: 2 out of 5Gel PolishNail polish in its modern form was invented in the early 1900s—nearly a full century before CrossFit was founded in 2000. It’s no surprise, then, that standard polish isn’t the most durable option for today’s punishing workouts. It might remain intact for about a week but will likely start to fade and chip after too many dumbbell shoulder presses.Durability Rating: 2 out of 5AcrylicsAcrylics may look similar to gel nails, but they’re actually quite different. These faux nails last about as long as gels and are considered the most durable option among a range of artificial enhancements. The downside? They can be thick and somewhat less natural in appearance. Make sure you don’t opt for nails that are too long, as they may get in the way of your workout.Durability Rating: 4 out of 5Silk WrapsSilk wraps are thin pieces of fiberglass or specially designed paper affixed to the nail and then coated with color. While acrylics are thick and durable, these are thin, natural-looking, and far too delicate for a rigorous workout on their own.Durability Rating: 1 out of 5 Patterned Wraps These adhesive overlays instantly wow with a ready-made design or color. The salon standard is Minx, but DIY-ers enjoy at-home varieties by Sally Hansen and Kiss, too. (Check out our at-home nail wrap comparison guide.) With the proper application and top coat, the best ones can last for almost two weeks, but even those will likely fray a bit before then.Durability Rating: 2 out of 5No matter which adornments you choose, and no matter how many squats and ring dips you can do, nail art lasts the longest when it’s crowning healthy nails. Keeping nails strong and stunning between appointments involves moisturizing and letting nails go occasionally bare. Other tips include things that most CrossFitters already do: get enough rest, eat a wholesome diet, and load up on vitamins and nutrients.
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