10 Things You Need to Know Before Getting Acrylic Nails

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Acrylic
nails that makes you feel like an absolute goddess – ask Kylie
Jenner, with her always changing sets of stunning talons. And while
they first popped up and gained popularity in the 90s, they’ve been
modernized in a new and chic way – you just have to know what
you’re getting yourself into beforehand.

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1.
They can feel “tight” and uncomfortable for the first time. If it
lasts longer than a day or two, you might need to go back to the
salon and try tension relieving tricks, like shortening length or
changing size of the tip.

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2.
They need to be maintained and filled every other week because
moisture can get under the acrylic which can create a fungus.

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3.
Preparation is key. Prep weak or brittle nails with jojoba oil, which
is a natural strengthener, since many artificial nail strengtheners
can contain formaldehyde.

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4.
Ensure that our removal process isn’t removing layers of your own
nail – many salons go straight to drip the acrylic off, but soaking
in acetone for 30 minutes helps break it down so that it can be
removed without the damage.

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5.
Make sure your nail artist is working with sanitized equipment, since
unhygienic practices can lead to infections that definitely will make
you want to stay away from manicures for a while.

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6.
Think about shape – square might be better if you type a lot, but
oval flatters most hand sales and I a classic choice you can’t go
wrong with. Start short even if you want vampy Kardashian nails. You
can always get them filled in as they grow longer.

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7.
Invest in a good cuticle oil, which will keep our acrylics lasting
longer and maintain your nail health, as well as the skin around
them.

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8.
Once you’ve gotten your acrylics done, make sure to wear gloves
whenever you wash the dishes or use cleaning products, especially
ones using bleach which is sure to ruin a fresh manicure.

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9.
With an experienced and detailed technician, getting these nails can
take upwards of 1.5 hours, and they last for two to three weeks.

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10. A new set can cost upwards of $100, but since it lasts two to three times as long as a traditional manicure, and more intricate, the hefty price tag is justifiable.

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