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Acrylic Nails FAQ: 5 Things You Should Know Before Getting Yours

November 04, 2014 By: Category: Uncategorized

Acrylic nails have become a fashionable trend among women from all over the world. Besides their convenience, acrylics are typically ideal if you are working in a place where your hands receive a lot of attention, or if you’re planning to attend a special event, such as a party. There are many reasons why you might want to get acrylics – perhaps you cannot possibly restrain yourself from biting your nails, or maybe you are not satisfied with how your nails look. Before you schedule a beauty session, we suggest considering the following questions – and their answers -, so you can better understand whether acrylic nail designs are right for you.

1. What are acrylic nails?
To answer the most frequent question you might have, acrylic nails are probably the toughest semi-permanent nail extensions available. In most cases, acrylic nails need to be filled in every two or three weeks as your nails grow, but if you are harder on them, you might consider seeing your manicurist more often. The application of acrylics involves using a sable brush with either liquid or powder, and they can be applied either over your natural nails, or sculptured. Once applied, they harden immediately after coming into contact with air.

2. Does it hurt to get acrylic nails?
Considering how they are applied, getting acrylics is not painful, especially if the process is performed by an experienced technician. Before you decide to go to the salon and get them, you can consider asking the technician about the steps involved in the process, or eventually ask if you can observe everything while working with other clients.

3. Can I get fungal infections from wearing acrylics?
When it comes to the safety risk of acrylic nails, there are a couple of aspects you should be considerate towards. In the first place, the acrylics themselves will not cause any infection as long as they are applied and maintained correctly. Many women are mistaking “water moles,” which are green or tan in appearance, for a fungal infection. Water moles usually occur when moisture gets trapped in between the acrylic and nail bed, or when the acrylics are not filled in every two or three weeks as instructed by your technician. Though they are not a threatening disease or condition, water moles should be treated on time to prevent complications.

4. Can I choose the acrylic nail design I want?
There are plenty of cute acrylic nail designs available for you to try, so you will never have to feel limited when you go to the salon to get them. Once applied, acrylic nails can be painted as desired just like if you were to paint your natural nails. Acrylic nail art is extremely popular and fashionable at this time, so you can inspire yourselves from other sources or ask your manicurist/technician to show you previous acrylic nail designs she has created.

5. What is the difference between acrylic nails and gel nails?
Many women might find it quite difficult to choose between acrylic and gel nails, particularly because they do not understand the differences between them. First and foremost, gel nails are applied using gel nail polish, though the process is quite similar to that of acrylics. Another notable difference between the two is that gel nails are odorless and can resist chipping and lifting, which is critical for those women who work with their hands in the water, including hairstylists, manicurists and nurses. Gel nails can also offer the natural nails a more authentic appearance, without making them look like they would be weighed down. Acrylics, on the other hand, are stronger and more rigid, and they are much better for women with longer nails.

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