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How To Properly Care For Your Acrylic Nails

How To Properly Care For Your Acrylic Nails

If you've decided to enhance your nail game with acrylics, you're in for a treat! Acrylic nails not only provide a perfect canvas for enduring designs but also offer the length and shape you've always dreamed of. However, like all good things, they come with a little responsibility.

Proper acrylic nail care is key to keeping them fabulous as long as possible. But don't worry, it's not as daunting as it might sound!

Whether you're a newbie or a professional nail artist, we've got you covered. In this guide, we list acrylic nail care tips for gorgeous and healthy nails.

1. Choose the right acrylic nail length

When it comes to acrylic nails, one size definitely does not fit all. The length of your nails can significantly impact not just how they look but also how well they mesh with your daily routine.

Long acrylic nails can turn simple activities — like typing, cooking, cleaning or even driving — into a bit of a challenge. Typically, nails that extend more than 1.3 cm past your natural nail tips are more likely to experience chipping and breakage. But this doesn't mean you must forego the glamour and fun of acrylic nails!

Short or medium-length nails can look amazing, too, and offer more flexibility and comfort in your daily activities. It's all about finding the sweet spot between style and functionality.

2. Keep your nails dry and pristine with protective gloves

Prolonged exposure to water can loosen the glue that holds your acrylic nails to your real nails.

Wearing waterproof gloves while cleaning or doing household tasks is a great way to safeguard your acrylics from chipping, lifting or weakening. Not only do they help your nails stay strong and stunning, but they also protect your hands, keeping them dry and safe from irritants.

3. Soak and scrub to remove dirt

Acrylic nails create tiny spaces where pesky bacteria can hide and cause potential damage.

Here’s a simple yet effective nail maintenance tip: Soak your nails in warm water and mild soap for a few minutes to loosen any dirt or debris. Use a soft nail brush to carefully scrub the top and underneath your nails, getting rid of any trapped grime. After washing, dry your nails with a soft towel. Lastly, apply moisturiser on your skin and cuticles for an extra soothing effect.

4. Schedule a retouch every two to three weeks

Acrylic nails are known for their durability, but as your natural nails grow, you'll start to see little gaps at the base. It’s a good idea to visit your nail technician every two to three weeks for fill-ins. Regular visits will help keep your nails looking flawless just like when they were first done.

For nails that stay shiny and bright, consider applying a gel manicure over your acrylics. If you prefer using regular polish, make sure to use a high-quality product and seal it with a clear top coat for extra acrylic nail protection.

By following these nail care guidelines, you can enjoy your beautiful acrylics with confidence.

5. Know when to replace your acrylics

A full set of acrylics typically lasts between four and six weeks. Once you hit the eight-week mark, it's a good idea to remove them and start fresh with a new set.

Try keeping your nails natural for about two to three weeks before diving back into any nail treatments. Taking a break from acrylics or any nail products every couple of months eases any pressure on your nails, giving them a chance to grow healthier and stronger.

If you notice splits, ridges, discolouration or dryness on your cuticles, it might be a good idea to go natural for a bit. These signs aren't just linked to acrylics, though. Any type of nail treatment, like gel or regular polish, can cause nail damage if not applied or removed properly. It all comes down to ensuring your nails are prepped and cared for the right way.

Shop acrylic nail cleaning and design essentials

Investing in premium products and tools is crucial for a great nail care routine.

At NSI Australia, we have a wide selection of wholesale acrylic nail supplies. Whether you're a seasoned nail tech serving up the latest looks for your clients or you're exploring DIY nail art at home, we have everything you need to ensure long-lasting acrylic nails.

Elevate your nail game with high-quality acrylic nail liquids, brushes, dipping systems, primers, sealants, base coats and topcoats. We also have all the essentials for effective nail protection and maintenance, including tipping packs, nail drills and removal kits.

For nail art that wows clients, check out our acrylic powders, stickers and decoration trays. Besides tools and accessories, we also offer acrylic nail courses for those looking to expand their skill set and take their career to the next level.

Shop our acrylic nail kits today and bring your dream nails to life!

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