Friday, May 3, 2013

Will acrylic nails ruin my nails?

This is a question I frequently hear. The question that usually follows is, "don't my nails need to breathe?". Acrylic nails, done well that are taken care of properly, will not ruin your natural nails. They will do a little damage, but they will not ruin your nails. I know people who have been wearing acrylic nails for 30 years with no problems at all. 

Nails are made of hard keratin protein like your hair. The nail plate is actually dead tissue. It doesn't need to breathe. Nails are porous and do absorb water which evaporates naturally from the nails. The water does not evaporate readily when the nails are covered with acrylic. This causes them to become soft and pliable under the acrylic covering them. Wear gloves when your hands are exposed to water such as, when cleaning and doing dishes. If your acrylic becomes loose, get it fixed as soon as possible to prevent mold spots between your nail and the acrylic.

Look for a salon using brand name acrylic. No name products could be illegal material that will cause serious damage your nails. Also, look for a nail artist who does more hand filing on your natural nail than drill filing. Drill filing, when done incorrectly, will also do serious damage to you nails. Stay on a regular 2-3 week refill schedule and your natural nails should be fine!

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