- Acrylics are one of the best and most popular ways to get long-lasting, beautiful nails.
- With a rather lengthy process, acrylic application may seem intimidating to nail-salon newbies.
- We compiled everything you need to know about getting acrylic nails, from preparation to removal.
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Following is transcript of the video.
Narrator: Here’s everything you need to know about getting acrylic nails. Nail preparation is essential to maintain long-lasting acrylics, as well as to prevent any lifting of the nails. To start, you’ll want to push back the cuticle skin to ensure it’s not attached to the nail plate. The remaining dead skin should then be scraped off the nail plate. Use an e-file to exfoliate the cuticle area. Cut the nails as short as possible and go back in with an e-file to scratch them up a bit. Lastly, apply cleanser to clean and dehydrate the nails before the acrylic application. Before you begin, you’ll want to make sure the tip is shaped and applied to the nail. Place the first acrylic bead in the middle of the nail where the natural nail and tip meet. The next bead should then be placed below the original bead for more coverage on the nail. It’s important to use a light hand when applying the acrylic to ensure you don’t wipe the product off the nail. After the entire nail is covered, go in with a clear acrylic to prevent any lifting or breakage of the nails. Once the clear coat is finished, the nails are ready to go. Proper removal of your acrylics is extremely important to maintain optimal nail health. The first step is to trim the acrylics until you reach the natural nail. Once the nails are short enough, use a nail drill to get the acrylics as thin as possible. Submerge some cotton balls in acetone, wrap them around the nails using tinfoil, and leave the nails to soak. After about 15 minutes, remove the tinfoil, and the nail should be soft enough to scrape right off the nail plate. Lastly, you can go in with a sanding band to clean up the rest of the nails and remove any remaining acrylic.