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Do It Yourself Acrylic Nails- Tutorials for Beginners!
Colorful acrylic nails- Floral designs, fruit nail designs and 3D nail designs!
Summer acrylic nail designs- strawberry, watermelon, hibiscus, sunflower and other colorful nail designs!
Cute acrylic designs: Hello Kitty, cupcakes and cookies, Toy Story and much more adorable nail designs!
Acrylic nails first became popular back in the 1980′s. Originally, acrylic nails were made from dental acrylic. They were thick, yellowed easily, and were extremely bad for your nails. Today’s acrylics are designed for nail services. They are thinner, more flexible, and designed for everyday wear.
First, the nail technician will prepare your nails by doing cuticle work, removing the shine from your natural nail with a fine grit file, and cleansing them with nail prep. If you want extra length, sculpting forms or tips will be added. Then the acrylic will be applied by first dipping the brush into a liquid (called monomer) and then into powder. The mixture will then be applied to your nails and allowed to air dry or ‘cure’. Once they are cured, the technician will file and shape them. Then they are either buffed to a high shine, protected with a UV gel topcoat, or polished.
Acrylics are most safely removed by soaking them in acetone. Resist the urge to pry them off! Most damage from acrylic nails comes from improper removal.
If your nails have a UV gel top coat, this must be filed off prior to soaking. Then, pour the acetone in a glass bowl – put just enough in to cover your nails. Place your nails into the acetone. Wait a few minutes to allow the acetone to begin working. Then as the acrylic begins to dissolve, you can either use an orangewood stick, cuticle pusher, or nail file to push off the gooey acrylic. Keep placing your nails back into the acetone until the last of the acrylic is removed.
Most people will require a maintenance appointment every 2 to 3 weeks because nails grow quickly. Waiting more than 2-3 weeks to get a fill will cause them to lift and crack. At about 2 – 3 weeks, your nails will require a ‘fill’. At this appointment, the nail technician will perform cuticle work, thin out the existing acrylic a bit with a file, blend it with the natural nail growth, and fill in the growth with new acrylic. At about 4 – 6 weeks, your nails will require a ‘backfill’. At this appointment, the nail technician will perform the usual fill, but if you are wearing a French tip or colored tip, he or she will also move the smile line back towards the center of the nail, covering the free edge growth.
Acrylic nails are made with a liquid and powder. Gel nails are made with a product that is a honey-like consistency and has to be cured with a UV light. Acrylic nails can be soaked off with acetone. Gel nails need to be filed off. Gel nails are naturally shiny. Acrylic nails need to be buffed, polished, or sealed with a UV top coat. Gel nails tend to be more flexible and feel a bit lighter on the natural nail.
Acrylic nails aren't likely to harm your natural nails. It's important to be cautious when using acrylic nails, however.
Sometimes a gap develops between the acrylic nail and the natural nail. If the acrylic nail is bumped or jarred, it can separate from the natural nail. This gap provides a moist, warm environment in which a nail infection can flourish. A nail infection might also occur if acrylic nails are too long or too rigid, or the nails are applied with unsanitary tools. If you develop a nail infection, your natural nail might become thick or ragged and appear discolored.
It's also possible to have an allergic reaction to components of acrylic nails or the adhesives used to apply them. This can result in redness, swelling and pain around the nail.
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