You asked

Acrylic nails: Can they harm natural nails?

We all want gorgeous, perfect looking nails. If you’ve ever had acrylic ones, you’ll know how great they can be at hiding what lies beneath! Whilst acrylic nails are unlikely to cause harm your natural nails, there are still things you should know about them.
 
Although uncommon, in some instances of acrylic nails an infection may occur where a gap develops between the acrylic nail and the natural nail. This tiny area is the perfect environment in which an infection could thrive.
 
Some people can unfortunately suffer from an allergic reaction to acrylic nails or the adhesives used to apply them. This can cause the area around the nail to swell and go red. It can often be very painful. If you do get an infection, it might be characterised by your natural nail looking discoloured or ragged. If you suspect that you have a nail infection consult a dermatologist for an evaluation.
 
In order to avoid this from happening ensure that the salon you visit uses clean tools to apply your nails. Indeed the same is applicable if you are applying them yourself. If you are in a salon, ensure that the nail technician properly sterilises all the tools she uses throughout the appointment and that she has clean hands.
If you notice strong fumes in the salon whilst you are getting your nails fitted, beware! A strong smell could mean that there is not proper ventilation in the salon.
 
If the nail technician tries to push back or trim your cuticles ask them to stop as this can increase the risk of a nail infection. Technicians shouldn’t file or roughen your nails before the acrylic nails are applied as this can cause your natural nails to weaken. Also, if you see the technician going to use an old nail file that has clearly already been used, ask them to use a new one. Alternatively you can bring your own.
 
If you are applying your nails in your own home, make sure you read all the instructions well. Apply them in a room that has plenty of air circulating.
 
Although acrylic nails are very popular there are other types of fake nails on the market. Others such as wrap nails involve the use of materials such as linen and paper and attach to the nail with glue, these are less durable than acrylic but they are relatively better for your natural nail. 

More questions

Wearing a dark nail polish can be daunting, but there is nothing to fear! In fact, anyone can wear it. Some women just wear dark colours in the winter and change to brighter colours for the summer. Here we will...
When the weather heats up, it’s time to opt for soft, pretty shades on our nails and to get rid of the dark vampy colours we’ve been wearing in colder weather. Summer shades are fun and fresh and...
Instead of a traditional French manicure, why not try a half-moon one? The half-moon manicure features a colour on the moon of your nails whereas the French manicure highlights the tips of your nails. Half-moon...
There are many nail products on the market including manicure sets, nail art kits and nail design tools. With the right equipment and knowledge of a few techniques you can create colourful and fun designs on...
Yellow nails are far from pretty, but however unsightly they are not usually anything to worry about. In this article we will look at what causes them and how you can avoid them. Why do our nails go yellow...
It is surprisingly important to know how to use nail clippers properly. If used incorrectly, they can make a problem such as a hangnail or an ingrown nail far worse and ultimately, this could result in pain or...
We need our nails for lots of reasons; they make it easier to pick up small things and to scratch an itch. Our nails are also an indication of how healthy we are, weak and discoloured nails may mean that...
We all want gorgeous, perfect looking nails. If you’ve ever had acrylic ones, you’ll know how great they can be at hiding what lies beneath! Whilst acrylic nails are unlikely to cause harm your...
Having cracked nails can both look bad and also cause functional problems. We need strong nails more than we realise, we may use them to pick up small things like coins, or to peel labels off things during the...
To get gorgeous, healthy looking and manicured nails, you need to have access to the right tools. Not only do you need the right equipment, but you need to know how to use them. We all want to have beautiful...

Latest

Trending

Hello Mama!
Help us help you by allowing us and our partners to remember your device as having browsed MummyPages and serve you better content and ads

We're on a mission to help our mums and their families thrive by informing, connecting and entertaining.

Join us in our mission by consenting to the use of cookies and IP address recognition by us and our partners to serve you content (including ads) best suited to your interests, both here and around the web.

We promise never to share any other information that may be deemed personal unless you explicitly tell us it's ok.

If you want more info, see our privacy policy.