To get long, thick, strong nails when theirs don’t grow because they are too weak or too short, many women turn to acrylic nails. Another advantage of acrylic nails is that they can be easily decorated.
However, having only acrylic nails does not relieve you of the responsibility to take good care of your underlying nails (your acrylic nails).
Not only that, you also have to make some effort to take good care of your acrylic nails, as neglecting them can cause your natural nails to splinter or fungi to grow in them (yuck!).
So follow these seven tips to keep your acrylic nails looking good while protecting the health of your natural nails:
1. Acrylic nails are not knives or tin openers
Your acrylic nails may seem indestructible, but they were not made or designed for tasks like opening cans or punching through heavy plastic packaging. Please use the right tool for the right job. Avoid biting them too!
2. Always keep them dry
Water is the worst enemy of your false nail. Not only can it cause it to lift off your natural nail, but fungi and bacteria also need water to grow – and you don’t want all these things to happen to your nails.
To prevent this, you need to keep your nails as dry as possible. And that means drying your hands thoroughly with a towel every time you get them wet. It is important to prevent water from seeping under your nails to keep them in good condition.
3. Use antibacterial soap
Many sets of acrylic nails fall victim to bacteria. And bacteria can cause the natural nail bed to discolor and deteriorate, which can damage the nail for a long time, possibly permanently.
It is therefore very important to do everything possible to prevent bacteria from getting a foothold under your nail.
One of the best things you can do is use antibacterial hand soap to wash your hands. This is the easiest way to protect them from the risk of bacterial infection.
4. Do tasks with gloves
If you have acrylic nails, it is a good idea to wear rubber gloves when doing household chores like washing dishes or wiping.
The gloves not only help to keep your nails dry, but also protect them from chipping, splitting or getting caught, which can be both embarrassing and painful.
Keep at least two pairs of rubber gloves somewhere in the house and remember to put them on before you start work.
5. Dab your fingernails with alcohol before going to bed
Dip a cotton swab in alcohol every night before going to bed and clean it around and under your nails. This will help to get rid of bacteria and dirt that surrounds it.
It should be noted that such a treatment can cause your acrylic nails to look slightly dull afterwards. And if that happens, don’t worry. All you have to do is touch them up in the morning with a layer of clear white nail polish.
6. Do not remove acrylic nails yourself
You can remove your artificial nails at home by dipping them in a nail polish remover that contains acetone. However, it is better not to do this.
Avoid the risk of damaging your real nails underneath by having them removed by the professionals in the salon.
7. If your acrylic nail is damaged, repair it immediately
If you notice that one of your acrylic nails starts to come loose from your natural nail or if you accidentally chip or break it, contact your manicurist and have it repaired by a professional as soon as possible.
Broken, cracked and lifting acrylic nails offer the possibility of water getting into the nail bed, which invites fungal and bacterial growth.
Many of these salons offer free repairs to damaged nails within a certain number of days after their first use. Most of them charge less for a minor repair than for a complete filling.