Everything you need to know about acrylic nails

If your nails are constantly peeling, brittle and chipped, acrylic nails could be the ideal solution. No idea what acrylic nails are or how they differ from gel? We’ve rounded up everything you need to know about the talon treatment to ensure it’s the right choice for you.

We grilled Sherrille Riley, founder of Nails Brows, on all things acrylic nails. Consider the topic nailed.

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What are acrylic nails?

Acrylic nails are artificial nail extensions placed over your natural nails. This can be done to match the nail shape or to extend the nail length. They are perfect for people who want the look of long nails but have trouble growing out their own nails or have weak nails that break easily.

How do you apply acrylic nails?

A mixture of liquid and powder is used to create a hard protective layer on the natural nails to make them look longer and stronger.

How long you can keep acrylic nails on?

Acrylic can be worn for a long period of time as long as you get infills every 2-3 weeks. “I’d suggest a complete soak off every three months so that natural nails can breathe. Your natural nails can also be treated to a course of repairing IBX treatments,” she said. The innovative treatment fuses the top layers of the nail bed together for improved strength.

How you can care for acrylic nails at home and make them last longer

Many people get acrylic nails to have stronger natural nails but Sherrille says they actually weaken and damage natural nails long-term. “To maintain them at home, avoid prolonged exposure to water and wear protective gloves for household cleaning and pot washing,” she advises. She also recommends using a good cuticle oil for maintaining a healthy nail bed and cuticles.

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Sherrille also adds that acrylic nails aren’t as popular now, thanks to the rise of Shellac and Gellish options. She explained: “Acrylic nails are not as popular anymore, more and more women are seeking healthier natural nail-care. The most in-demand nail treatment at most salons are gel manicures like Shellac and OPI Gelish. These are popular because they are durable, dry straight away and are a healthier option for natural nails. This also allows the nails to grow healthy whilst wearing gel.”

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