For some it is therapeutic, for others its a must have, whatever it is – a good set of nails is always a great accessory.
So how exactly do I maintain my set? Kambala Beauty Care has the answer
1. Baby Your Nails
The number one rule of acrylics is to treat them gently. This means you’ve got a bit of permission to act like a diva—avoid opening cans or doing other things that could damage or break your nails. Believe us, a separated acrylic can be super painful.
2. Consider Top Coat Applications
Getting gel polish over your acrylic nails is a bit pricier, but it can really extend the lifetime of your manicure. If you opt for the regular polish, ask your nail tech about applying top coat. The nail pros at Essie recommend applying top coat every 2-3 days to prevent chips and cracks from developing in your polish.
3. Never Pretend to Be a Nail Tech
If you ARE a licensed nail tech, this doesn’t apply for you. For the rest of us who haven’t been trained, don’t try anything complicated at home. This includes trying to clip your acrylic nails, fix serious lifts or breaks, or even doing your own fill. Trust us, it’s not a good idea.
4. Wear Gloves
Exposure to water, dish detergent, and other cleaning chemicals can cause your acrylics to lift, separate, or become weakened. Limited exposure to water is fine, but you should protect your hands with gloves if you’re ever going to be scrubbing away.
5. Avoid Acetone
Certain chemicals do not mix well with acrylics, and acetone nail polish remover is definitely one of them. Talk to your nail tech to be certain, but it’s typically wise to head to the salon for a polish change. Kambala Beauty Care also recommends that you avoid exposure to turpentine and heat at all costs, because they can also cause your acrylics to deteriorate.
6. Pick the Right Shape and Length
The right nail shape and length can go a long way in flattering your hands. Almond, oval, and coffin-shaped nails can elongate short or thick fingers. When choosing the shape of your acrylic nails, it’s wise to be up-front with your nail technician about your lifestyle. Do you do tons of housework? Cooking? Wash your dishes by hand?
7. Get Fills, for Goodness Sakes
The single most important thing you need to do to maintain a healthy, attractive manicure is maintenance. Your nails need to be filled every two weeks! If you don’t have time for upkeep, it may be wise to take a short break from acrylics. Otherwise, make sure you’re putting in the time to maintain your manicure.