Acrylics do get a bad rap, but really, they aren’t any worse for your nails than other artificial nail products. However, they aren’t completely without side effects—which worsen if you don’t take the right steps to take care of them. The removal process can weaken your nails’ natural state, but when done properly it won’t cause any permanent damage, which is why it’s very important to have a professional remove them. Aside from safe removal, one of the best things you can do for your natural nails is to take occasional breathing space between appointments. It’s recommended to take a break from getting acrylics around every three to six months to help rejuvenate your nails.
Acrylics should last six to eight weeks with a fill needed about every two to three weeks, depending on your nail growth. Not only does getting a fill—a.k.a. a touchup between the bottom of the nail and the cuticle—improve the appearance of the manicure, but it also helps it last longer. Fills are very important because once your nails start to grow is when lifting begins to happen.
Contrary to popular belief, you can still use your hands when you have acrylics, however wearing gloves while doing things like cleaning. Also, use moisturizer and cuticle oil to keep your hands and nails healthy.
As with any treatment, do your research on the salon—the right care and attention to detail can help extend the life of your manicure in the long run. Beyond that, the biggest enemies to acrylics are wearing them beyond their lifespan and not keeping up with fills.
Whatever you do, resist the urge to pluck them off yourself. The best and safest way to remove acrylics is to go to your nail professional to get them properly removed. It’s important to not try to peel them off yourself or remove them in an unsafe way because it can cause damage. It takes a bit more time and effort than typical polish removal, but it’s worth it. “Your nail tech will most likely use an electric file to remove the top layer of the acrylics. Then, your nails are typically wrapped in foil with an acetone-filled cotton ball inside to soak for about 15 minutes. A cuticle pusher is used to remove any excess acrylic followed by cuticle oil to rehydrate the nails. Then, you’re good to go—with your natural nails mercifully still intact.
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