Acrylic nails, also known as artificial nails, are ideal for those longing to have long gorgeous nails but do not have them due to poor nail growth and other reasons. Acrylic nails beautify your natural nails and also look real up to a certain extent. Doing nail art on acrylic nails is easier than doing it on your natural nails and there are a variety of acrylic nail designs that you can choose from. Until recently, you would have to go to a beauty salon or a nail care spa to apply and remove acrylic nails. Now, with the easy availability of acrylic nail kits and various other products that are required to apply and remove acrylic nails, having them done at home is easy, inexpensive and hassle free. By following some basic instructions on applying, removing and caring for acrylic nails at home, you can easily put on and remove acrylic nails whenever you wish to.
Tips for Caring Acrylic Nails
Wash your hands with antibacterial soap.Bacteria are the demise for many women who wear acrylic nails. Bacterium that attacks the nail bed will discolor and deteriorate it causing longstanding or permanent damage. As a result, performing any act that can prevent its growth is vital. For this reason, it’s best to wash your hands with antibacterial soap. It’s the easiest way to give your self an ounce of (bacterium) prevention several times a day.
Keep your acrylic nails dry.Water and acrylic do not mix. The combination not only causes lifting, it also leads to bacteria and fungi. All of these outcomes are undesirable. So how do you combat them? By keeping your acrylic nails dry. You do it by towel drying thoroughly after every hand wash, dip in the pool and soak in the tub. It is the only way to prevent water from seeping underneath the acrylic and onto your nails where it can do the most damage.
Wear rubber gloves while doing household chores. Whether you are washing dishes or mopping the floor, it’s important to wear rubber gloves if you have acrylic nails. Rubber gloves will protect your hands and nails and prevent any painful accidents like snags, chips or splitting. So be sure to wear them every time you do a chore and keep at least two in your household inventory.
Swab your nails with alcohol each day before bedtime. Before you go to bed at night, swab under and around your nails with alcohol. It will help cleanse your nail of any dirt or bacteria. If your nails look a little cloudy afterwards, you can always finish them off again with clear white polish in the morning.
Visit the nail shop for repairs after an accident.If you accidentally chip off part of your acrylic nail or lift the bed, visit the nail shop immediately for a fix. Why? Chips and splits open the door for fungi because water will be able to seep in between your nail and the acrylic more easily. So, it’s important to get an immediate repair. Also, a nail technician will be able to positively advise you need completely remove the acrylic nail and/or visit a doctor.
Remove Acrylic Nails at Home
Removing acrylic nails after a week or two or when they start lifting above the nail edge, becomes essential to prevent nail fungus infections from developing. Follow the procedure mentioned below to remove acrylic nails at home.
- Acetone nail polish remover
- Nail clippers
- Nail buffer
- Petroleum jelly or nail oil
Seat yourself in a comfortable position and spread out your nails on a newspaper. Gather all the supplies and place them where you are seated. Now, trim the acrylic nails as short as possible using the nail clippers. Once you are done with the clipping, apply some nail oil or petroleum jelly only on the skin surrounding the nails. Then, pour some acetone into a glass bowl and soak your nails in it for around 15 minutes. This is required to weaken and dissolve the nail glue that was used for the application of the acrylic nails.
Remove a finger from the soak and try peeling off the nail gently. If it comes off, try peeling off the other nails in the same manner, otherwise soak your fingers in the acetone for another 10 minutes and then try peeling off the nails. After the acrylic nails are off, wash your hands and fingers thoroughly and buff off any remaining nail glue. Apply a moisturizer or hand cream to the nails and massage well into the nails.