If you've recently noticed how good acrylic nails can look, then you may be considering having acrylics added to your nails. Perhaps you've never really noticed other people's nails before, but now that you've taken note of how beautiful nails can be, you want to add a little glamour to your own hands.
Acrylic nails, if they're done right, can look amazing - which is why having a professional do them for you is so important. There are plenty of designs and styles to choose from, from bright and bold colours to pastel hues and glitter shades - there are so many effects to choose from.
As a beginner in the world of acrylic nails, the process of getting acrylic nails done can be daunting, which is why we've created this in-depth guide for you, discussing everything that you should know about the process of getting acrylic nails and the pros and cons that come with doing so.
What types of acrylic nails are there?
There are two main types of acrylic nails; these are 'tips' and 'form' nails. Tipped acrylics are acrylics created with a nail tip glued to the nail that's already in place.
whereas formed nails are sculpted onto the nail with acrylic.
Both of these options are extremely hard wearing and long-lasting, so it's just a case of personal preference and determining what option your chosen salon provides.
In addition to considering what type of acrylic nails you would like, it's also important to think about the shape of the nails that you would want. There are various nail shapes to choose from; these include stiletto, oval, square, almond, squoval, or coffin - these are the most popular options, but there may be other shapes available that you can discuss with your salon.
Once you've thought about the nail type that you want, the next thing is to consider the length of the acrylics. You can opt to have whatever length nails you prefer - it's just a case of determining what nails you can work with day to day, and what you are most comfortable with. These could be short nails or really long nails, or even medium length nails - the option that you choose is completely up to you. (Not sure what length to get? Why not pop some stick-on nails on for a few days to determine which length you prefer.)
How much do acrylic nails cost?
The price of acrylic nails can range from £25 to £80; it completely depends on where you go to get them done, and how much detail is put onto them. Usually, the cheaper nail bars don't offer as good quality work as the more expensive ones, but that doesn't mean you have to spend a fortune.
A tip from a professional nail expert is to never to get your nails done in a nail bar where the nail artists are wearing chemical masks - any reputable nail salon won't use such strong chemicals. Keep this in mind when choosing where to have your nails done - take note and find a salon that doesn't have their workers wearing masks.
When you think about the price of acrylics, it's also important to think about maintenance costs. As your natural nails grow, you will either need to have the acrylics removed, and a new set put in place at the same price you paid for the original set, or you can have them filled in to make them last for longer. This tends to cost less than having a whole new set of acrylics and is a great maintenance option for making your acrylics last longer. (Most acrylics last two to three weeks without any upkeep, but after this, infills are needed to keep them secure and looking their best.)
What complications are there?
One issue that can come with acrylic nails is that the chemicals used for them can damage the nail. This is because very strong chemicals are used which can sometimes result in damage to the nail itself and the nail bed.
Then there's the fact that because the acrylic is bonded so strongly to the nail, if the acrylic is caught or rips, it may rip up the nail bed, revealing the flesh underneath. This can be extremely painful and leave your finger vulnerable to infection. If this injury occurs, seek medical assistance immediately to reduce the risk of infection and long-term complications.
Allergic reactions are another problem that has been reported with acrylic nails, which can cause blisters, pain, and thinning of the nail bed.
While complications can occur, and it's important to know these dangers, you must remember that they aren't very common (otherwise no one would risk getting them done)!
How to remove acrylic nails
The best way to remove acrylic nails is to head back to the salon and get a nail expert to remove them for you. However, if you don't have the time or money to do this, you may be wondering how to remove them yourself at home. Whatever you do, don't attempt to rip them off, this can cause serious pain and damage to your natural nail and nail bed.
Here’s a guide that can be used to remove acrylic nails yourself:
This is merely a guide, and is not a proven method to safely remove your acrylic nails. If you choose to follow this guide or remove acrylic nails by yourself then you are accepting any risks and holding responsibility for any issues that may arise. The safest way to get your acrylic nails removed is always by a professional from reputable salon
Clip each nail as short as possible using nail clippers.
Gently lift the edges of the nail slightly using tweezers.
Soak the nails in nail polish remover for 30 to 40 minutes.
When you feel the acrylics starting to lift off of the nail bed, gently pull them away using tweezers.
Never pull too hard, only lift up the acrylic nail after you're sure it's completely free from the nail. If not then its time to head back to the salon and let the professionals remove them.
Acrylic nails can be a great way to minimise nail maintenance, as once they have been applied, with regular infills, acrylic nails can last for weeks or even months.