Acrylic Nails – Everything you need to know before booking an appointment

Somewhere, somehow acrylic nails got a bad rap for being bad for you but despite popular beliefs, they are not bad for you.

Most of us have had acrylics at some point or another in our life. Probably, it was a simple, acrylic nail with the classic French tip design. Often, that is our first introduction to acrylic nails and it was a rite of passage into the world of nail extensions.

Acrylics are old school but thanks to celebrities such as Cardi B and Kylie Jenner, they are making a comeback. We can’t help but be intrigued with their Instagram posts of their intricate nail art painted on a set of acrylics. We are seeing more and more A-listers showing off their acrylic fingertips from Marc Jacobs to Gigi Hadid.

Acrylics have been around since the 1950’s and are not going anywhere soon. So here is everything you need to know before making an appointment with your nail stylists.

Acrylic nails

What are acrylic nails?

To put it into layman terms, they are a mix of powder and liquid monomer that are combined together to form a firm mass of dough that is either shaped on to your nails or then air-dried. Or they are made beforehand into plastic tips that are smoothed onto your nail.

They are an excellent option for extending or changing the shape of your nails. Recently, new formulas have reduced the drying period and provide a smoother, streamlined texture.

Acrylics verse gel nail extensions – Which is better?

Gel nails are not known for their durability. But on the other hand, acrylics are stronger and harder to break off. If you want to show off your nails, try out this year’s biggest fashion trend of 3D nail art or the long, point nails like Rihanna then acrylics are for you.

Gel nails are a better option for girls who want a more natural, shorter looking extension. Gel nails tend to break off more easily than acrylics especially when longer. Plus, it depends on your nails and what you do with them everyday. Some people find that gel nails tend to bubble or lift and others find acrylics extensions fall off too quickly.

Research nail salons before making an appointment

We were surprised to learn that many nail salons don’t offer acrylic nails because it is a specialized skill that many nail technicians haven’t studied. Gel nail extensions require little to no skill to apply. Plus, the smell of acrylic nails can be overwhelming, so smaller salons might not have the proper ventilation.

So in other words, the quality of your acrylic nails will depend entirely upon the ability of your nail technician. Take your time in reading reviews and comments online about the salon you are considering before booking an appointment.

Preparation is crucial

Often the reason that either your acrylic or gel nails are lifting, breaking or breaking is due to how well you prepped your nails beforehand. Your nails should be filed, sanitized and the top enamel of your nail should be sanded off. If your nails hurt the next day, your nail technician sanded your nails too much. Or they put the wrong size of tip on your nail.

How long do they last?

Your new acrylic nails will need upkeep at least once every fifteen days to conceal new nail growth or keep the edges while sealed. This will prevent unwanted bacteria from sweeping in and causing an infection. Plus, it will prevent your nails from popping off by accident, if you accidently hit them against a hard surface.

Overall your acrylic nails should last three weeks, depending on the quality of workmanship of your nail technician.

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Updated: July 11, 2019

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