What are acrylic nails?

What Are Acrylic Nails?

A quick scientific lesson: Acrylics are a paste made of liquid monomer and powder polymer that bonds to the nail. After shaping, it hardens to strengthen, lengthen, and thicken the nail.

How Are Acrylic Nails Different Than Gel Nails?

Both strengthen nails, but gels need UV light to set. "Acrylics are much stronger than gel which makes them more durable.

Are Acrylic Nails Safe?

"Acrylics get a bad rap, but they aren't worse for your nails than other artificial nail products," explains the manicurist. However, they have adverse effects that worsen if not well managed. 

How Long Do Acrylic Nails Last?

“Acrylics should last six to eight weeks with a fill every two to three weeks, depending on nail growth,” explains Lee. A fill—a touchup between the nail and the cuticle—improves the manicure's beauty and longevity.

How Can You Make Acrylics Last Longer?

Although acrylics can be worn without gloves, Lee suggests using gloves when cleaning. “Keep your hands and nails healthy with moisturizer and cuticle oil. 

What's the Best Way to Remove Acrylics?

Do not remove them yourself. “The best and safest way to remove acrylics is to go to your nail professional,” says Lee. 

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