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.