Why should you choose Acrylic Nails?
I don’t know about you, but I struggle to grow my nails, or when I do get them to a length where they start to actually look nice, I catch one whilst doing the simplest of tasks, and whoops there it goes! – and I’m left having to cut and file all the others done so they don’t look ridiculous. I’m always envious of the people who have such long and perfect nails, almond, square-shaped, you name it. Although some of these people are blessed with naturally strong nails, the ones I’m talking about have mostly been blessed with their nail tech and the magic of acrylics.
This fake nail method is ideal for us who want long nails but can’t maintain our ideal nail length or the shape we want on our own! Which is perfectly fine, because acrylic nails exist and are hugely popular, they’re here to save us all. They’re not exactly effortless mind, as along with a price tag, the upkeep is something to bear in mind – and if they’re done wrong they can damage the nail underneath! So, make sure you research the salons you’re interested in and read reviews, you know the drill. A shameless self-plug, but we’re well known for our gorgeous acrylic nails at Trieu, so don’t forget to keep us as one of your options!
All the above considered, it’s hugely important to have all the info before you visit the salon, so this post is going to have you covered on everything you need to know about acrylic nails. Maybe you’re tired of having short nails and want more space for your nail art, or perhaps you feel you can’t reach your max potential without some dramatic claws – we’ve got all the ins and outs if you keep reading.
What even are acrylic nails?!
In basic terms without going into too much detail, acrylic nails are a combo of liquid monomer and powder polymer which is applied like a blob onto your nails, then shaped to however you desire. The clever thing about them is that the product hardens as it is exposed to the air, so it doesn’t have to be cured by a lamp. The mixture creates a hard-protective layer over your natural nails, that becomes transparent so colours, patterns and art can be applied on top.
Why do people choose it? & does it have benefits?
Acrylic nails are an easy and classy way to make your nails look beautiful. People can choose them to help conceal nails that are damaged, short or have an ‘undesirable’ appearance. They can also help towards preventing any breakage you may have, splits or nail biting, which is a huge benefit. However, even if your naturals are in good health, some people just prefer more length and shape added, not to mention a longer lasting manicure. But in short if you are not able to grow much length in your nails, they are perfect and attractive solution!
Unfortunately, acrylic nails are of higher maintenance compared to say your standard gels. In-fills are required every 2-3 weeks to avoid the nail beginning to lift or becoming prone to breaking, (in-fills are essentially to treat the acrylic regrowth towards the base of the nails, so any lifting is removed and the exposed natural nail is covered with fresh acrylics). Any damage or breakage in the acrylics if infills are avoided for too long can mean your technician has to remove them and start from scratch, which is worse for your natural nails in the long run.
What to expect first time doing acrylics?
If acrylic nails seem a little daunting to you, make sure you know the facts of what to expect and it’ll be a breeze. Firstly, note that they take time to apply. Dependant on the technician, the length, shape, artwork or extras, you can be looking at being sat with your technician anywhere from 60 minutes to 120. So if you’re looking for a speedy nail fix and don’t want to set aside the time, these probably aren’t your best bet and be wary if you’ve found a technician that has done acrylics in little time as it could result in sloppy work, which although isn’t the case every time, but something to consider (aka research your salon always!).
Another thing to expect is that occasionally when having a set put on for the first time, you may feel a little discomfort and the nail can feel slightly tight. Beauty is pain right? But for real, if they annoy you for more than a day or so, head back to the salon and they can often offer a tension-relieving technique, sometimes shortening the length or the nail or adjusting the tip sizing is suggested too. However, if they really bug you, you can have them removed. This is a pretty rare occurrence, as you can tell, as so many people have them.
Another thing to generally expect when having acrylics is the upkeep like mentioned above. Our natural nails obviously grow so what we put on top of them will require frequent maintenance. As well as this keeping the manicure lasting longer, it keeps your nail underneath healthy.
How do I maintain them myself?
Asides from keeping up to date with infills, keep your hands and nails clean, but avoid prolonged exposure to water and cleaning products (get those marigold gloves out!). It’s important to just take more caution when doing any activities where you can knock your nails, whether that’s going to the gym, going shopping or simply typing on your computer – the longer you choose your nails to be, can definitely affect how careful you’ll be, but this is something you’ll get used to quickly.
Does it harm your nails? You should take breaks
Excessive or poor use of anything can become damaging, whether it’s styling and using heat on your hair everyday leading to breakage or wearing makeup without removing it off properly and clogging up your pores – and nonetheless it’s the same for our nails. Overuse of polish, over-manicuring or badly done manicures can take its toll on our nails. The keratin in our nails starts to break down, making the nail plate brittle and thinner.
Ultimately it’s a good idea to take breaks with acrylics every now and then, and focus on using a good nail strengthening product but also making sure to moisturise, use SPF, cuticle creams etc. Ask your technician for their recommendations on these products too, it’s what they’re there for! If you decide to take a break with your acrylics, always get your technician to remove them, don’t try to remove them yourself – although it may not seem complicated, it’s always safer to trust a professional and not risk damaging everything underneath.
So, do I get them?
Cutting straight to the chase, if you want glamorous longer nails and are going to keep up with maintaining them, 100% these are for you. And if not, it’s certainly worth giving them a go on a one off at some point, although pre warning, you will be obsessed with the results.