Acrylic nails allow many women to enjoy longer fingernails and creative manicures. While some women wear these nails only for special occasions, many others sport these strong fingernails on a daily basis. Long nails are an option for anyone who has a hard time growing her own, but shorter to medium-length nails are also popular.
What Are Acrylic Nails?
Acrylic nails are a two-part system made of a liquid and a powder (a monomer and polymer). When mixed together, they form a thick consistency that can be used to apply tips and colors to natural nails.
Gel acrylics are another form or artificial nail. It is a one-step system and is applied and worn differently than traditional acrylics.
Artificial nails can be applied in a salon or at home. Since the at-home application can be time-consuming and takes a while to perfect, most people prefer to go to a salon.
When looking for a salon, get recommendations from friends and family who have had acrylic nails in the past. Visit salons before booking appointments. Check to be sure the salon adheres to the following:
- Licenses are posted
- Clean, sanitized equipment is used
- Nail tech and clients wash hands before beginning service
- Strict cleanliness standards in the entire shop
Extremely strong odors within the work areas could be a sign of poor ventilation.
Salon applications can range in cost anywhere from $20 to upwards of $100, depending on the kind of application, technique, training, and specialized polishing done on nails. Maintenance is usually recommended every two weeks or so to keep nails looking fresh. These visits tend to cost less. A visit can run anywhere from an hour to two.
At-home artificial nails take a lot of practice before getting the most professional look. It can take quite a bit of time to learn how to apply these nails well. However, if you feel you have the patience and time to develop your technique, it can be worthwhile. Follow a step by step application process, along with directions included with the nails, to apply them at home.
How to Care for Nails
With proper care, nails will have to be replaced or repaired less frequently, saving time and money. Care for acrylic nails using the right tools and methods to ensure they look lovely and last.
Removal of Acrylic Nails
Remove acrylic nails at the salon or follow the proper method to remove acrylic nails at home.
Strong, Beautiful Nails
Acrylic nails may not be for everyone, but for women who like having longer nails and manicures that last, this relatively inexpensive pampering service is not only a good way to have pretty nails all the time, but a way to treat yourself. With a little care and maintenance, you can always have a beautiful manicure that you'll be proud to show off.
by Amy Hoover