Acrylic is made of a liquid monomer and powder polymer, which hardens as it is exposed to the air. It can be used to sculpt an artificial nail over the natural nail, to either match the shape of the nail or to extend it.
Acrylic versus Gel
Acrylic and gel are compared all the time. The reason why I love acrylic and choose to work with it instead of gel is because it is so robust. Although they have similar ingredients, the application and removal processes are different. Acrylic is much more durable than gel therefore is longer lasting. People also prefer the lightweight feeling of sculpted acrylics.
A common misconception of artificial nails or even gel polish, is that they damage the nails. With proper application, removal and care every day, the natural nails can remain damage free. Acrylics can be removed by soaking them in acetone. Proper removal is much better than pulling or picking off the artificial nails and it is always recommended that you go to a professional to have them removed.
How long will your acrylic nails last?
A common question I get asked is "how long do acrylic nails last?". This generally depends on the rate of growth each client has. In most cases it is recommended that you get a refill after four weeks. If a client’s nail growth is slower they can get a little longer out of them.
Home care is important for maintaining nail enhancements and keeping the natural nail healthy. I always recommend that my clients use hand-cream and cuticle oil every day or whenever they can.
- Full set of Acrylic Nails €40 (takes up to 2 hours)
- Refills €30
- Nail Designs from €2 per nail
Written by Aisling Smith, Nail Technician at Whelehans Pharmacy Mullingar. Call in to Whelehans or call Aisling at 04493 34591 or 083 4665360 for appointment or check www.whelehans.net
Products mentioned in this article are available in Whelehans Pharmacy