Acrylic Nails 101: Get the Basic

Are you looking for the best nail design type for your nails and lifestyle? Acrylic nails are still one of the most popular choices for nail art as well as manicures and pedicures. 

The following article acts as a beginner’s guide to acrylic nails. Use this information when deciding if this style of nails is right for you!

What are Acrylic Nails?

Acrylic-style nails are used to add style, length, and strength to your natural nails. They are applied in different ways according to the desired look and length. 

Acrylics are made from a combination of powder polymer and liquid monomer. A nail tech uses a special brush to apply this pre-made mixture to the natural nail. Next, they carefully mold it into the shape of your choosing.

Once the acrylic is dried and hardened, the nail tech will shape and file it to your preference. Finally, they will paint the nails with your choice of color and design. Generally, acrylic nails last for about two to three weeks before they need to be refilled.

What are the Pros and Cons of Acrylic Style Nails?

With so many options to pick from for nail designs, it feels overwhelming. Here are some pros and cons of acrylic-style nails to help you decide which type is right for you.

Pros of Acrylics

  • Acrylic-style nails are a good deterrent for those who bite or pick their natural nails.

If your nails are styled, you are less tempted to chew on or pick at your nails. Why mess up a gorgeous manicure that you paid for out of your hard-earned money?

  • Acrylics are a good choice for those with brittle or weak nails.

Acrylic-style nails actually help strengthen your natural nails, for some at least. 

  • Most nail technicians are especially skilled at applying acrylics.

As acrylic nails are one of the oldest nail styles, nail technicians are especially skilled at applying this design. Some of the newer techniques are not as common, so not every nail tech possesses the right skill level.

  • Acrylics are the easiest to repair if damaged.

Unlike gel nails or other nail designs, acrylic-style nails are quite easy to repair on your own if they chip or break. All you need is a few minutes and the proper tools.

  • Acrylic nails are durable.

Due to their design, acrylics are extremely durable and do not break or chip as easily as other nail styles. 

  • Acrylic-style nails last longer than gel nails.

Gel nails need to be refilled every one to two weeks. Acrylics can last anywhere from two to four weeks, depending on how quickly your nails grow. 

  • Acrylics are easy to remove.

All you need to do to remove acrylic style nails is to soak them for a bit in acetone nail polish. 

  • Acrylics are cheaper than their counterparts.

As they have been around for quite some time, acrylic nails are cheaper than other nail materials.

Cons of Acrylic Nails

  • Acrylic-style nails can cause nail damage for some people.

Unfortunately, the chemicals that are used for acrylics can be troublesome for some. Some may be allergic, while others are prone to infection. Proper nail care is essential to maintain acrylics.

  • Acrylic nails do not look as natural as gel nails.

Most people prefer acrylics as they are less expensive than gel nails. However, acrylics tend to look less natural than gel nails. 

Here are some gorgeous designs for acrylic nails for short nails. 

What is the Best Way to Care for Acrylics?

  • Choose the length that best suits your lifestyle, as this will prevent chipping and breakage.
  • Protect your nails with gloves when cleaning and working. This will protect your nails from harsh chemicals and excessive wear and tear, leading to chipping.
  • Hydrate your nails. Use a quality hand cream and cuticle oil at least once daily to moisturize your hands, nails, and cuticles.
  • Remove your acrylics every few months to allow your natural nails to breathe and prevent bacterial growth and infection.

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