Acrylic Nails - The Low Down

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Acrylic Nails - The Low Down
I’ve been getting Acrylic nails on and off for a good few years now, but over the past few months I’ve been getting them consistently. Now, I get so so so many questions about acrylics and have also myself asked many questions myself because I want to know more about what I’m doing to my nails; so I thought I’d do a low down on Acrylics for you today. Whether you’re thinking of getting them done, have had them done or are just intrigued, there will be something for everyone in today’s post.

Acrylic Nails;  
Artificial nails, also known as fake nails, false nails, fashion nails, nail enhancements, or nail extensions, are coverings placed over fingernails as fashion accessories. Some artificial nails attempt to mimic the appearance of real fingernails as closely as possible, while other designs may deliberately stray in appearance from real fingernails.
Acrylic nails are based upon your own natural nail; they are applied from the base and worked down the nail to the requested shape. Thickness can vary for each nail technician but you should never have clumpy or very thick nails, and they should all be consistent!! If you can, always go to a nail technician with experience! My current nail technician, Kelly, has been doing beauty for years now and her acrylics can last up to 6 weeks before looking shabby!!!
This is totally up to you! You can go as simple or as fun as you please. The design aspect is what personally drew me to getting my nails done, don’t get me wrong I love a basic design but sometimes I do love out of the box designs on my nails. The best thing to do is to find a picture of your desired design or colour and show your nail technician, this will enable them to see what you envisage.

Ideally you should be getting your nails maintained every 3-4 weeks, depending on how fast your nails grow but this is totally down to your lifestyle. Once you have your nails on, your next appointment should be your infills – this just tidies the base up and you have some length off, the appointment after this should be a fresh set! Never have the same base of your nails for more than 2 appointments; this is when damage to your natural nail can start to happen.

To be honest, you don’t have to do too much to ‘care’ for your acrylics but I would always strongly suggest that after every fourth or fifth set, take a break. Let your nails have a month without the acrylic and let them breathe – this will prevent damage in the long run. When you wash your hands or take a shower, thoroughly towel dry around the nails this will ensure the risk of infection or water getting under the nail is minimal.
Have you ever had acrylics before? Recommend your nail technician in the comments below!
Emma x

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