Nailcare

How often should you take a break from acrylic nails?

Updated: July 13, 2021

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Every day when you wake up you see a different trend in acrylic, and no doubt you want it on your hands too.

Your excitement for acrylic is justified.

Those pretty-looking nails have captured the heart of most of the women.

But no matter how fascinating they look they can long-term damage your natural nails. to avoid it you must take a break.

How often should you take a break from acrylic nails?

The break can be as short as one week or more than 3-6 months. However, the exact time is not mentioned anywhere, or neither any expert ever has told a fixed time. It can differ accordingly, but one thing is to be sure that you must take a break!

A lot of chemical enriched products go into the nails during manicures because of which your natural nails lose their essence.

You need to understand that everything depends upon your natural fingernail. Thinking about your nail health, taking breaks from manicures is vital.

How are acrylic nails applied?

Acrylic nails are a type of fake nail that is made out of acrylic powder dough and shaped with the use of a brush.

Unlike other nails these do not require lamp or UV rays to harden, they are air-dried.

A lot of products go into acrylic manicures and are applied patiently. Girls usually get it done from a salon but you can also try it home. All you need is a little skill.

Here is how acrylic nails are applied step by step.

  • The supplies required for acrylic nails are collected first. It contains nail glue, clippers, files, acrylic powder or liquid, etc
  • Your nails are prepared next, if you’ve any old nail polish on it will be removed and nails are trimmed in this step.
  • After trimming your nails, they are filed to get a rougher base for the acrylic. The acrylic powder sticks better on a rough surface.
  • Cuticles are pushed back and dead cells are removed if any. And after that, a nail primer is applied as a base.
  • On to the dried nail primer a perfect acrylic is chosen as per your finger and desired length and is applied to your nail with the help of glue.
  • Over your acrylic nails, a coating is done of acrylic mixture which contains acrylic powder and liquid.
  • The nails are air dried and the color is applied to them.

Applying acrylic nails is a lengthy process and it may take up to 1-3 hrs.

Why should I take a break from acrylic nails?

You must have understood till now how important it is to maintain the health of your natural possessions like hair, nails, skin.

Let’s accept that these artificial nails, hair color, or makeup only look good when you are naturally healthy.

The durability of acrylic nails highly depends upon the health of your nails and that is why it is advised to take a 3 to 6 months break from acrylic nails.

Experts have said that acrylic nails rip off the natural essence and disrupt the natural layer of your nail.

The whole process of acrylic nail application is very aggressive for your natural nails. They become too dry and have chances to chip off.

No matter how many good quality products you use they all contain chemicals that are hard on nails.

During the process, your nails are filed until they are rough and fit for the application which ends up making your nails weak and brittle.

Taking a 3-6 months break will help you gain strength.

You can’t just get acrylic nails for the rest of your life.

There will be a point when you have to remove them.

At that point, you will notice how it has ruined your nail.

You need to take care of them and take a break to recover the damage it has done to you.

As at the end of the day you want pretty nails with or without acrylic.

How to take care of damaged nails?

The idea of a break and waiting period was not known by many people and because of which a lot of damage has been done.

And if you’re one of them you don’t need to worry.

There are several ways to cure damaged nails.

These tips should also be followed by anyone who is on a break.

Apply nail hardener every day for two weeks.

To bring back the life of your nail you must use any nail hardener daily for two weeks. It will make your nails strong and prevent any sort of breakage.

As told earlier these manicures make your nail weak, this a sure sort of solution for that one. Do not skip this for a healthy nail.

Hydrate your nails.

Dryness can be very unhealthy for your nails. soak your nails into warm water every day. Apply oil to them, moisturize them and drink plenty of water. Remember what your intake shows on the outside so eat fruits with high water content.

Use cuticle oil every day

It is important to apply cuticle oil every night before going to bed. Dry nails may affect the nails and irritate them.

Cuticle oil helps in regaining the natural oils of the nails and helps the nail to grow fast and remain hydrated.

Start using biotin.

Biotin is a supplement that helps in the healthy growth of hair and nails. you can consume these tablets for your nails. These have been proven beneficial for nails. I would recommend you seek a prescription from a doctor to avoid any side effects.

Increase your protein intake.

Protein is a great element for your hair, nail body. And it is never a bad idea to consume it. Increasing the protein intake can help you as an aid for damaged nails and also good for your overall body health.

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