Acrylic Nails Dos And Don'ts For The Nail Enthusiast
Acrylic nails are like accessories for your nails. They look pretty when done right and are a boon to ladies who have short nails or whose nails just don't seem to grow the way they would want them too. However, as all things artificial go, they come with their fair share of caution. And that is why we bring to you some acrylic nails dos and don'ts that every nail enthusiast should be aware of!
When applying your acrylic nails on, try and go for a thinner layer compared to a thicker one. A thin layer will keep your nails lightweight and will look more natural. Applying multiple layers may make your nails look stubby and in-your-face fake!
Don't keep your acrylic nails too long, for that will gave away their fakeness. Keep them only 2-4 mm long for the most decent look. Also, if you work in a corporate environment, file them in an oval shape and avoid glittery or studded nail paints.
As your real nails beneath the acrylic nails grow there will appear a gap between the two. This means that for your nails to keep looking fab, you have to touch them up every week or two. Also, if there is a small chip in your nail, take care of it right away instead of pushing it ahead, to avoid peeling and breaking nails.
When doing household chores, just make it a point to wear gloves, especially while washing. This will lend your nails a longer life. Also make sure to try your best to keep your nails away from moisture as they can turn into breeding grounds for infections.
Remember to keep your hands, fingers and cuticles well nourished. This will keep the nails from drying and becoming brittle. Use a good hand cream multiple times a day especially if the weather is cold and dry. Investing in a good cuticle oil isn't a bad idea either.
When it comes to removing your acrylic nails, unless and until you are absolutely sure of yourself, the best option is to get a professional to remove them for you. My suggestion is that getting them put on should also be left to the professional.
Don't ever bite your acrylic nails. Biting real nails is a bad enough habit, biting acrylics is just worse. Not only will it lead to your nails cracking and shattering, but ingesting the acrylic could also adversely affect your health. So don't!
Never use acetone or a nail paint remover containing acetone to remove your nail paint from acrylic nails. The acetone can completely ruin and weaken your fake nails causing them to separate from the real nails underneath.
Let's face it, acrylic nails are rather delicate. As such, subjecting them to the harshness of opening soda cans, bottles etc could result in them breaking. So avoid it as much as you possibly can.
If your lifestyle is not sedentary but is rather extremely active, especially if you are into sports, then just don't go for acrylic nails. These nails require maintenance that your lifestyle and/or profession won't allow.
Also read: How To Take Care Of Artificial Nails
Lastly, if you are a baby-sitter or have a little one at home, then avoid acrylic nails. As I said they are good grounds to breed infections which can be easily transmitted to the still developing immune system of a baby. Also, the glitter and other chemicals on them could cause them discomfort if they come in contact with it when you hold them.
So, now that you are well aware of these acrylic nails dos and don'ts, choose wisely if you want to get them for yourself; and if you already do, hope this piece helps you take better care of them.