There is nothing better than getting a fresh set of acrylics, I mean they literally give you life. Your hands look longer, you feel classier and you purposely do a lot more hand gestures because the world deserves to see how fabulous your nails look.
However, it is not so much fun removing them and realising the damage they have done to your fingernails. You won’t need to worry too much though as we have a guide to what products you need going into Spring to revive your nails again.
Isabelle Bellamy, a nail technician from the Stunt Dolly nail salon says acrylic nails should not really damage your nails, with the correct preparation and proper maintenance. Damage can only occur if the technician drills to hard down on your fingernails or overfills them.
File and cut
When removing your acrylic nails, be sure your nails are filed as short as possible. This is because the nails will be flakey and flimsy anyway from the application of the acrylics and chemicals that were used.
Your new best friend
When your nails are damaged and brittle, you get very conscious of your hands and tend to hide them away. This conditioner from CND will be your saviour. Just apply this solar oil on your nails and cuticles twice a day and they will be revived them back to life.
This daily nail hardener will strengthen your nails and prevent them from discolouring. Investing in this and applying it regularly for four weeks will have your nails in tip top condition.
If you’re after a more natural alternative give this nail mask a go that’s easy to make and will give your nails all the nutrients they need:
- mix 3 table spoons of olive oil and 1 table spoon of lemon juice in a bowl, place your clean bare nails into the bowl for about 10-15 minutes
- 1 egg yolk, 1 teaspoon honey, 1 tablespoon water and an optional: a few drops essential oil for a more pleasant smell.
- Adding baking soda and lemon juice into a bowl of water to prevent fungal or discolouration on nails.
Applying a gel nail polish instead will prevent your nails from breaking and also make them grow twice as fast. The polish lasts for 2-3 weeks and you will see a healthy growth of your nails when you remove them.
Removal of this is also quite easy as you just need a bit of acetone on your cotton pad and you simply press onto the nail and wipe away. Some drugstores such as Priceline stock acetone with an added nail conditioner to balance out the harsh chemicals that are inside.