Nail styling woes used to be a lot common before acrylic nails came into the picture. If you have trouble growing your nails because of their brittle nature, all you have to do is get them artificial ones. The best part? They make your nails look longer, thicker and healthier. And thanks to Kylie Jenner, you will never run out of inspiration to style your acrylic nails.
But now that you are stuck at home without the option of going to the salon, let us discuss how you can maintain them at home to ensure that they last even longer.
For Starters, What Are Acrylic Nails?
Acrylic nails are nothing but nail extensions that are placed over your natural nails. Contrary to popular belief, these artificial nail work is not bad for you. Made out of mixing powder and liquid polymers, the material forms a putty-like consistency which is then pressed onto your nails with a brush. It is then shaped and transforms into a hard, nail-like texture. Acrylic nails are durable – giving you thick and attractive nails that last long as compared to nail gels or polishes.
At the salon, if you want extra length, the nail expert needs to glue a ‘tip’ to the end of the nail bed and then go on to apply the acrylic gel over the top. You can choose between a ‘tip’ and a ‘form’, the latter process involves a little piece of card that the expert at the salon builds the nail tip around, and then removes it after the formula has set.
How To Maintain Acrylic Nails At Home?
The outcome is amazing but the process of getting acrylic nails can be quite surprising as it requires very keen expertise. Even with a very experienced technician, the process can take an hour. Expert help is a must when maintaining acrylic nails. Wondering how you can do it alone at home? Here are some useful tips to make your nails last longer.
Keep ‘Em Dry
Experts and nail technicians suggest that people with naturally oily skin and those who have the habit of applying copious amounts of lotion can end up losing their acrylic nails faster than usual. The trick to maintaining them for longer periods is by keeping the nails dry and not dipping them in water too many times a day. This can single-handedly help in making the nails last at least a month.
Make Use of Antibacterial Soap and Alcohol-Based Rubs
The artificial nail beds are essentially made of chemical polymers. Hence, they are susceptible to bacterial infection. In such a case, the nail bed loses color and shine and often end up with a host of damages permanently. To avoid this, make use of antibacterial soap and hand wash. Alternatively, you can also use alcohol-based hand sanitizers before going to bed. These products do a great job to ensure that the nails remain healthy and germ-free.
Always Wear Gloves When Performing Chores
You might have to do a ton of household chores with the acrylic nails on. Always make use of protective gloves so as to not subject the nails to any form of undue physical pressure. It will ensure that the nails do not split or chip or lose its polish and shine too soon.
Invest in Essential Oils
Experts also suggest that people with acrylic nails make use of cuticle oils that help maintain healthy nails. Cuticle oils are moisturizing in nature. They relieve the nails from extreme dryness or flakiness and also improves blood circulation along the nail beds.
How to Remove Acrylic Nails Safely At Home?
If you already have acrylic nails on, then with salons shut everywhere, it might be tremendously difficult to remove them. Most nail technicians advise customers to never try to remove acrylic nails without expert help. But if you are in a hurry to remove them, here is how you can proceed without damaging your natural nails.
Step 1: Prepare well by washing your hands thoroughly with antibacterial hand wash.
Step 2: Any form of nail art such as stones or beads should be first removed. Then, use clippers to trim down the nail extensions and de-bulk with the help of a nail file, bringing it back to the natural finger length.
Step 3: You will need thick cotton pads for this step. Dip them in 1oo percent pure acetone and place one on the top of each nail. Since you need to leave it to soak for at least 10-20 minutes, secure the cotton pads with a piece of foil. The soaking time may vary. This depends on the number of layers or coatings made. The type of products used like nail glitter and art can also make the process consume more time.
Step 4: Now comes the tough step. With the help of a cuticle pusher gently remove the acrylic after removing the foil from one nail. Do not remove all the foils at the same time. Leave the other nails wrapped up in foil.
Step 5: After the removal process is over, indulge in some post-removal care. There can be base coat residue left after the removal procedure. Gently buff the nail bed in that case. Do this before shaping the nails. Then, wash and dry your hands duly.
Step 6: Lastly, wrap up the process with a base coat to strengthen and nourish your nails. You can also massage cuticle oil over the fingers to ensure rehydration of your natural nails.
Acrylic nails even help the manicure to last longer. Staying at home taking a toll on your manicure? Follow these simple tips to ensure that your nails remain stronger and healthier.
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