Here at Glitterbels, we want to help Nail Technicians not only with the best products and training courses we also want to help equip you with the best nail knowledge out there. In this piece, we’ll run through some questions that could get thrown at you around acrylics, including what exactly they are and, crucially how long they last. We’ll also suggest some care tips that you can pass on to your clients so they can make them last longer. So without further ado, let’s dive in.
What are Acrylic Nails and what are They Made of?
Acrylic nails are a type of artificial nail enhancement renowned for their durability and longevity. They are created using a combination of a liquid monomer and a powder polymer to form a hard protective layer over the natural nail. The mixture begins to harden within seconds of application and forms a canvas for nail colour and nail art. The unique composition of acrylics allows them to be shaped and contoured to the individual's preference, meaning they not only look great but are also durable.
How Long Do Acrylic Nails Last Without Fill-Ins?
A fill-in, of course, involves addressing the visible space between a client’s cuticle and the acrylic nail. This process involves filing down the part of the acrylic that is adhered to the nail and then filling the gap with a fresh acrylic mixture to ensure a seamless appearance. Typically, acrylic nails can last between 2 to 3 weeks without the need for fill-ins. The longevity can be influenced by various factors such as the individual's nail growth rate (for instance nails grow more quickly in the summer, and, generally men’s nails grow more quickly than women’s) the quality of the application, and how well the nails are taken care of post-application. Regular maintenance and appropriate aftercare are essential to preserve the integrity and appearance of acrylic nails.
Looking after acrylic nails
To maintain acrylics optimally, you should stress to your clients that they should limit prolonged exposure to water. This may sound tricky to achieve but simply wearing gloves for household chores and dishwashing can really help. Additionally, using a good quality cuticle oil in a client’s hand care routine is recommended to keep the nail bed and cuticles healthy. Healthy cuticles and moisturisation, after all, are essential for maintaining the overall integrity and appearance of acrylic nails.
How Long Do Acrylic Nails Last Without Primer?
Primer is acrylic nails best friend. The use of a primer is crucial in acrylic nails as it ensures the adhesion of the acrylic to the natural nail. Without a primer, the longevity of acrylic nails is significantly reduced. If primer is not applied to the natural nail the whole procedure will need to be repeated.
Acrylic nails offer both great looks and practicality, making them a popular choice for technicians and clients. Their durability and the ability to last for several weeks make them an efficient option for many. However, the key to their longevity lies in them being applied correctly and professionally, regular maintenance, appropriate aftercare and of course, the quality of the products used. If you’re keen to extend your knowledge of acrylics head on over to our training section and browse our great range of in-person or online courses.