Beauty and the bike: Hards as nails

Want to keep your nail paint sweet whatever your ride throws at you? Reach for treatments that keep colour locked down.

Gelish nail treatment is even puncture-repair-proof. Pic: Paul Mitchell

Gelish Gel Nail Treatment approx £30

A salon-only treatment available in a wide range of shades, the gel is applied like nail polish but cured under UV light. The result is glossy colour that lasts up to three weeks without chipping or peeling. It even survived an inner tube change unscathed!

More information from Nail Harmony

Gelish Treatment by Chantal Beauty.

If you change your nail colour as often as your outfit – or just can’t get to a beauty salon – you need treatments that’ll toughen up a DIY manicure.

Deborah Lippmann Addicted To Speed Top Coat £14.50

Best beauty-product-for-cyclists name, quick drying and extremely durable top coat to wear over nail colour for long lasting, chip resistant results. Created by a top celebrity manicurist, Lippmann recommends waiting two minutes after applying polish before adding a thin layer.

More information from Beauty Bay

Butter London Hardwear PD Quick Top Coat £16

The ‘PD Quick’ in the title stands for Pretty Darn Quick and this one makes fast work of protecting the layers of nail colour beneath it and gives a super-shiny, ‘just painted’ vibrant finish.

More information from Butter London

OPI Chip Skip £13.25

Use beneath nail polish to help it adhere better and remain chip-free longer. It works by removing traces of oil and moisture from your nail, leaving a dry, clean surface on which to apply colour.

More information from Beauty Bay

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