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How Long Do Acrylic Nails Last?

How Long Do Acrylic Nails Last?

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 an acrylic 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.

Does the quality of the natural nail affect the longevity of acrylic nails?

If your natural nails are in good shape, your acrylics will likely stick around longer. Making sure your nails are clean and buffed before putting acrylics on helps a ton. But, if your natural nails aren't in the best shape or if they're not prepped right, your acrylics might lift or break off sooner than you'd want.

Can acrylic nails cause damage to the natural nails, and if so, how can this be minimised?

Yes, acrylic nails can mess with your natural nails, especially if they're not applied or taken off the right way. Picking someone who knows what they're doing is key. They should be all about clean tools and the right techniques. When it's time to say goodbye to your acrylics, soaking them off gently in acetone is the way to go, not pulling them off.

How can I safely remove acrylic nails at home without causing damage to the natural nails?

We always recommend getting fake nails removed by a professional in a nail salon. If you're removing acrylic nails at home, patience is your friend. Soak them in acetone and gently file off any leftovers. Don’t forget to moisturise afterwards.

How do seasonal changes or environmental factors affect the longevity and appearance of acrylic nails?

Seasonal changes or getting your nails wet a lot can affect how long your acrylics last. The bond between your nail and the acrylic might weaken, leading to lifting or breakage.

Is there a difference in longevity between acrylic nails applied on shorter vs. longer natural nails?

It's not really about whether your natural nails are long or short; it's how well you take care of your acrylics that matters.

Can acrylic nails be safely reapplied immediately after removal, or should the natural nails rest in between applications?

After taking off your acrylics, it's a good idea to let your natural nails have a break. Trim them, moisturise, and give them some time to recover before going for another set.

What are the signs that acrylic nails need to be removed or replaced, aside from visible growth at the base?

Knowing when to replace your acrylics isn't just about seeing your natural nail grow in. Look out for lifting edges or damage to the acrylic itself. These are signs it's time for a change.

How do lifestyle activities, such as swimming or playing certain sports, affect the lifespan of acrylic nails?

Swimming or playing sports can be tough on acrylic nails. Water and physical activity might damage them, so take care of them if you plan to do either.