Nails are the first thing that you notice about someone's hands. More than that, it's one of the easiest ways to express yourself. A manicure can show your personality, and fashion sense, or convey a message about yourself.
If you're looking for fun summer acrylic nails to help express yourself, then you've come to the right place. Prismpop beauty experts have plenty of different ideas on the best nail ideas for summertime. We'll also include a frequently asked questions section to clear up any concerns of yours.
So get started looking for inspiration from us now!
Frequently Asked Questions about "Acrylic Nails"
Which Is Better: Acrylic or Gel Nails?
Acrylic and gel nails both have upsides and downsides, so in the end it depends on the result you are looking for.
Acrylic nails are overall cheaper than the use of gel nails. They are also more durable and last longer than a gel nail manicure does. However, they are not very flexible, which could cause the acrylic nail to break off in certain cases.
Gel nails, on the other hand, last for up to fourteen days. They're also incredibly expensive - prices run from twenty-five to sixty dollars, with a fifty percent upcharge at certain salons.
Gel nails are more flexible than acrylic nails and bend easier, though they are not as flexible as your natural nails are. These nails look more natural than acrylic nails tend to, and they come in a wide variety of colors depending on the brand.
Both acrylic nails and gel nails have their merits, and it's best to judge each case individually.
Do Acrylics Ruin Your Nails?
The short answer is that acrylics shouldn't ruin your nails. With the proper care, you can get new manicures regularly with different acrylic nail designs and never damage your natural nails.
Possible signs that you've received damage from acrylic nails include weak or brittle nails that break easily, dry and irritated skin at the nail base, or an infection of the nail.
If you notice any of those signs, there are several possibilities as to why your nails are becoming damaged. The nail could have been removed incorrectly - acrylic nails take all kinds of chemicals and filing to remove. It's best to have your nails removed in a professional setting to prevent improper removal.
To prevent nail infection, make sure that your tools are cleaned and disinfected after each use. Make sure that all aftercare advice is followed to the letter.
Lastly, sometimes your nails just need a break between acrylics. No matter how well you take care of them, sometimes it's a good idea to let the nails just rest and recover.
How Long Do Acrylic Nails Last?
The length of time that acrylic nails last for varies. Generally, however, acrylic nails can last between six to eight weeks. This is dependent on how fast your nails grow, and you may need a fill every two or three weeks until you decide to have them removed.
Making sure that you stay up to date on if you need a fill or not is the most important part of making your acrylic nails last. As your natural nails grow, the acrylic nail begins to experience lifting, which makes it begin to separate from your natural nail.
This is when you want to have the fills done, as it will help make your nails last the full extent. Other things you can do to make your nails last longer are to take care of your hands - use moisturizer and cuticle oil to keep your nails healthy. In addition, using gloves when cleaning will help nails last.
Why Do Nails Grow Faster With Acrylic?
Did you know that, on average, human nails grow at a rate of an eighth of an inch per month? However, all of the wear and tear that the natural nails sustain when uncovered means that this growth appears much slower than you would think.
Acrylic nails act as a barrier to this daily wear and tear, meaning that your natural nails don't sustain anywhere near the damage that they would otherwise. So while you have acrylic nails on, it simply appears as if wearing acrylic nails causes your natural nails to grow faster.
All of the work that goes into maintaining acrylic nails also helps to protect your natural nails. The various kinds of lotions and oils that you use to take care of your hands and cuticles works to strengthen your nails.
When your acrylic nails are removed, all of this protection stops, and nails become susceptible to daily damage again. This gives a fake impression that acrylics cause faster growth.
How Can I Take My Acrylic Nails Off?
Acrylic nails need to be removed carefully. Removing acrylic nails improperly can lead to a myriad of problems, including damage to your nails.
Before starting, take a bottle of acetone and run it under hot water to warm it up. Do not use other methods to heat it up such as the microwave, because acetone is incredibly flammable. Warm acetone is more effective than room-temperature.
When you start, take a pair of nail clippers and clip your acrylics as close to your real nails as possible. Next, take a nail buffer and remove the top coat of nail polish. This will make it easier for the rest of the polish to soften.
After, soak your nails in acetone for five minutes. Use a metal cuticle pusher to push polish off your nails. Re-soak your nails for five minutes and repeat until everything has been removed.
Lastly, rub cuticle oil into your nails to rehydrate them. Use the nail buffer to rub it in deeper.
What Are the Alternatives to Acrylic Nails?
If you want to try alternatives to acrylic nails, you have plenty of options. You could try gel extensions, which were discussed earlier in this article and have plenty of variety. Or, if you don't want to use those, there's gel nail polish.
You could also try press-on nails, which are easy to use and turn out amazing. These can be found at many different locations and give you a salon experience with a boutique feel.
If none of those appeal, there's dip powder, which is incredibly durable and easy to do yourself. Dip powder was created specifically because acrylic nails can be difficult to remove.
No matter what you end up going with, your summer acrylic nails will look incredible.