To get long, thick, strong nails when their own nails won’t grow because they’re too weak or too short, many women are turning to acrylic nails. Another advantage offered by acrylic nails is that they make it easy to decorate your nails.
However, just having acrylic nails doesn’t free you from the responsibility of taking good care of your nails. Neglecting your acrylic nails could lead to your natural nails splitting, or fungi growing in them (yuck!).
To keep your acrylic nails looking good and protect the health of your natural nails, follow these seven tips:
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 tins or punching through heavy plastic packages. Please use the right tool for the right job. Avoid biting your acrylic nails, too.
2. Keep Your Nails Dry
Water is an acrylic nail’s worst enemy. Not only can it cause the nail to lift off your natural nail, but also fungi and bacteria need water to grow – and you don’t want any of those things to happen to your nails. In order to prevent them, you have to keep your nails as dry as you can.
That means drying your hands thoroughly with a towel after every time you get them wet. Preventing water from seeping under your nails is required to keep acrylic nails in good condition.
3. Use Antibacterial Soap
Many sets of acrylic nails fall victim to bacteria. Bacteria cause the natural nail bed to discolor and deteriorate, which can leave the nail damaged for a long time, possibly even permanently. Therefore, it’s very important to do everything you can 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 simplest way to protect your nails from the threat of a bacterial infection.
4. Do Chores With Gloves On
If you have acrylic nails, it’s a good idea to wear rubber gloves while doing household chores like washing dishes or mopping.
Not only will the gloves help keep your nails dry, but they’ll also protect them from chipping, splitting, or snagging on things, all of 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 starting on any chore.
5. Before Bed, Swab Your Nails With Alcohol
Every night, before going to bed, dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and use it to clean around and under your nails. This will get rid of bacteria and dirt.
Your acrylic nails may take on a slightly cloudy appearance after this treatment. If they do, just touch them up in the morning with a coat of clear white nail polish.
6. Don’t Remove Acrylic Nails By Yourself
It is possible to remove acrylic nails at home by immersing them in a nail polish remover that contains acetone. However, it’s better not to. Avoid the risk of damaging your nails by letting the professionals at the salon take them off.
7. If A Nail Becomes Damaged, Fix It Right Away
If you discover that one of your acrylic nails has started to lift away from the natural nail, or if you chip or break an acrylic nail by accident, get to your nail salon and have a professional repair it as soon as you possibly can.
Chipped, broken, and lifting acrylic nails all provide opportunities for water to get into the nail bed, which invites fungal and bacterial growth. Many nail salons offer free repairs to damaged nails within a certain number of days after they’re first applied, and most charge less for a minor repair than they do for a full fill.
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