Acrylic nails are one of the most popular types of fake nails. They are made from a mixture of liquid monomer and powder polymer. The monomer is what gives the acrylic its liquid state, while the polymer powder is what gives it its solid state.
When you go to get your acrylics done, the technician will first prep your nails by cleansing them and pushing back your cuticles. Next, a base coat is applied to help the acrylic adhere to your nail bed. Once the base coat is dry, a small bead of acrylic is placed on the tip of each nail using an applicator brush. The technician will then use a file to shape the acrylic into a smooth oval or square shape.
After your desired shape has been achieved, the technician will apply a thin layer of clear polish or topcoat over your nails to seal in the color and protect your new manicure. Acrylic nails typically last 2-3 weeks before they need to be filled in or replaced altogether.
If you’re looking for a long-lasting manicure with minimal upkeep, then acrylics are definitely for you!
To care for your acrylic nails, be sure to avoid any contact with water or harsh chemicals. Also, try not to use your nails as tools to pick at things. If you need to remove something, use a cotton swab or a soft-bristled toothbrush.
When it’s time to take off your acrylics, soak them in acetone nail polish remover for 10-15 minutes. This will help dissolve the acrylics so they can be easily removed. Gently push the acrylics off with a cuticle pusher or your fingers. If there is any residual adhesive left on your nails, use a nail file to buff it away.
After your acrylics have been removed, give your nails a break from artificial enhancements for at least a week. This will allow your natural nails to recover and breathe. While you’re giving your nails a break, be sure to moisturize them daily with a cuticle oil or cream.