Acrylic Nails 101

Acrylic nails are great for those wanting to make their nails stronger and add more length. They are also commonly used for nail art because they create a larger, more evenly shaped canvas for intricate designs. But acrylic nails also have some drawbacks, which can harm your nails if not properly cared for. Thinking about getting acrylic nails for the first time? Here’s everything you need to know.

What Are Acrylic Nails?

Acrylic nails involve false nail tips, which are glued to your natural nails, and acrylic sculpting powder, which is applied on top. The sculpting powder can be customized to any color, shape, or design you want.

An acrylic manicure begins like most other manicures: Nails are trimmed down and buffed. Next, the cuticles are pushed back, and a nail dehydrator is used to remove any oil on the nail bed. Then, nail glue is used to attach the false tips to extend the length of your nails.

Acrylic nails are composed of liquid monomers and polymer powder. When these two ingredients mix, they create a putty-like consistency, which is then molded to the nail to create a thick, durable coating. After this is done, the nail technician will work quickly to shape the acrylic to match your nail bed before it dries. Finally, your new nails are filed to your preferred shape (square, almond, stiletto, etc.). Lastly, nail polish and/or nail art is applied if desired.

Are Acrylic Nails Bad for You?

You may have heard that acrylic nails are bad for you. However, most experts say they aren’t any worse for your nails than other artificial nail products. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have downsides. For example, improperly removing acrylic nails can weaken the natural state of your nails. That’s why you must have a professional take them off!

Aside from proper removal, taking breaks between a new acrylic nail application appointment (three to six months) is one of the best things you can do for your real nails.

How Long Do Acrylic Nails Last?

Acrylic nails can last six to eight weeks, but they typically need to be refilled every two to three weeks, depending on how fast your nails grow. Some people can go three weeks and barely experience any lifting, while others may find that their acrylic starts lifting a lot sooner.

What’s the Best Way to Remove Acrylic Nails?

Acrylics require more effort and time to remove than regular polish. It can be tempting to try and take them off yourself, but you don’t want to do this because it can cause permanent damage.

First, your nail tech will remove any nail polish and art on your nails. Next, they’ll most likely use an electric nail drill to file down the top layer of the acrylic. Then, an acetone-filled cotton ball will be secured with foil to the top of the nail to soften the acrylic for about 15 minutes. A cuticle pusher is then used to remove any excess acrylic. Lastly, cuticle oil is applied to rehydrate the nails.

Still want more info? Social media platforms are filled with mesmerizing nail videos. You can find everything from how to create nail art to how the process of applying acrylic nails works!


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