Acrylic nails are created from a mixture of liquid and powder polymers that hardens over your natural nails to provide protection. Nail technicians may attach fake nail tips under the acrylic layer or add gel extensions for extended nail length.
Both options offer long-lasting color and length, but each comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Your perfect solution will depend on your lifestyle, natural nail health and budget.
They last for weeks
Acrylic nails are composed of liquid monomer and powder polymer mixed into a thick glue to form artificial nails that can be attached to natural ones to add length and strength. While known for their strength and durability, these fake nails may cause damage if improperly installed or removed.
Arriving for your appointment with natural nails that are at least slightly longer is ideal, as this gives the acrylic more surface area to adhere to and less likelihood of lifting. Also avoid nail biting which can damage natural nails leading to brittleness.
To maintain healthy and strong nails, it’s wise to regularly apply cuticle oil. Furthermore, hot water exposure should be limited in order to limit chipped acrylic nails from chipping off prematurely. Finally, scheduling regular fill-in appointments with your nail technician is recommended in order to stay up-to-date on nail care needs.
They are easy to remove
Removing acrylic nails properly is essential to protecting natural nails, and should take place under expert guidance to avoid damage. Although the removal process can take time and require special tools, if done at home it should be simple enough with pure acetone, cotton balls, aluminum foil nail wrap, cuticle pushers and cuticle oil available as part of your arsenal for removal of acrylics.
First, cut acrylics as close as possible to your nails. Next, place cotton soaked with acetone on each nail and wrap them in foil for 15 to 20 minutes before unwrapping and pushing off acrylics with your cuticle pusher or wooden orange stick. Afterward, wash your hands thoroughly before applying cuticle oil – you’re finished! This method may be less damaging to natural nails but takes much longer; additionally, it may not be convenient if you need to do your nails quickly when out and about.
They are more expensive
An acrylic manicure is a type of nail service that uses fake nails to add length and strength. Although more costly than gel or shellac applications, acrylic manicures last weeks without chipping or cracking easily after removal and are generally easy to take off without damage to natural nails, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
Due to its process, applying an acrylic mani involves filing and gluing artificial nails onto real ones, potentially leading to thinned out, damaged natural nails that break easily or chip altogether. Acrylic nails tend to be rigider than gel ones and may catch objects, leading to snags or damage as a result of impact with everyday objects, making an application of this style even riskier than using gel ones alone.
To prevent this, always apply a clear coat over your acrylic nails; this will help them remain flexible while protecting them. In order to keep up a good habit, at least every two weeks.
They are more damaging
Acrylic nails may give your fingers an elegant, polished look; however, they’re more harmful to natural nails than other forms of fake nails due to being adhered permanently with glue and require chemicals for removal. These chemicals may irritate natural nail health leading to dryness, flaking or brittleness as well as contact dermatitis – an allergic response which results in red or discolored patches on nails that indicate inflammation or infection.
To minimise damage, it’s advisable to limit how long you wear acrylic nails at once and take breaks between applications. Furthermore, avoid picking or pulling at them so they do not become brittle or damaged. Finally, find a salon which utilizes LED curing lights instead of UV ones as these produce less UV radiation while speeding up recovery thereby decreasing risk.