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Thinking About Getting Acrylic Nails? Here’s Everything You Need To Know!

What do Kylie Jenner, Jennifer Lopez and Khloe Kardashian all have in common? They’re rarely seen without an impressive set of claws! Now if you’ve been blessed with strong, healthy nails then you’re extremely lucky. The reality of the situation however for most of us is that we struggle to get those long, perfectly shaped nails you see all over social media without a little help. Acrylic nails can be a great way to get your digits ‘instagrammable’ – but you need to do your homework. What exactly are acrylic nails? How long do they last? Will they damage your nails? How do you remove them? What shape do you go for? Here’s everything you need to know about getting acrylic nails.

Acrylic Nails: What Are They?

Acrylic nails are essentially a mix of liquid and powder polymer and are a placed over the fingernails as fashion accessories. Acrylic is transparent, and forms a hard protective layer over your natural nail. Acrylic nails are air-dried – and are a great choice for people who want to change the shape of their nails or add length.

What if my natural nails are in bad condition?

If your nails aren’t in great shape, then it’s advisable to get them back to good health before you go down the acrylic route. You might be tempted to use acrylic nails to cover up nails that don’t look their best – but it’s really important that your natural nails can handle false ones. If your nails are weak or brittle, then try jojoba oil for a few weeks for a noticeable improvement. It’s one of the only oils that your nails can fully absorb.

Are acrylic nails high maintenance?

Acrylic nails do require a certain level of upkeep. You’ll probably need to get them filled every two to three weeks – but as long as this is done, your acrylic nails will last you six to eight weeks before you will need to get them removed.

How do I decide on the shape and length?

This is the fun bit! If you’ve never had your nails done before then it’s probably best to start shorter and work your way up as you get used to having acrylic nails. If you’re not not sure which shape to go for – oval is a really safe bet. But do some research! Coffin? Squaval? Round? The options are endless. Check out this guide to get a better idea about what’s right for you.

How do I remove my acrylic nails?

Acrylics need to be soaked in acetone and gently removed. It is highly advisable that you leave this job to a professional – as you can really damage your nails if you get this wrong.

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