Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Acrylic Nails

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If you always struggle to grow your nails out, acrylic nails may be the solution to your problem. 

Manicures can work both ways, they’re either a work of art or a tacky waste of money. For me, it’s absolutely worth it. My love for a good nail work goes way back to high school when I was once obsessed with nail art and other nail creations. I was blessed with strong, long nails that could pass off as false extensions and have never felt prouder to show my beautifully painted nails off.

However, as years passed, my nails started becoming weaker. While I’m still able to grow them out with ease, one or two would break along the way. As I grew older, this didn’t really bother me and I eventually started to appreciate short nails. But recently, I was invited to an important event and wanted to look a li’l extra glam, I decided it was time to give long nails a try again. Since it would be impossible for me to grow my nails out in time, my manicurist told me to try acrylic extensions.

Prior to getting extensions, I tried stick-on nails that can be applied easily using nail glue. However, I didn’t like the experience as it didn’t match my natural nails perfectly it did give me mini heart attacks whenever they became lose. Not to mention, they didn’t last long too.

So what exactly are acrylic nails?

Acrylic nails are a great extension option for those who can’t grow out their nails or maintain their nail length without breaking it. They can look perfectly natural like your own set of nails and are extremely tough and sturdy too. However, they are a big commitment. Acrylic nails come with a hefty price tag and a lot of maintenance needs to be done. It could also damage your natural nails if its done poorly. It involves glueing a false nail tip and using a mix of powder and liquid monomer. Compared to gel acrylic extensions, acrylics don’t require a UV lamp to cure.

What’s the process like?

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I was absolutely clueless about acrylic nails when I first did them. Thankfully, my manicurist was very patient and explained every step in layman terms so that I could understand the whole process easily. It  required a lot of filing, buffing and shaping. After choosing my desired nail shape (I went for the elegant coffin shape), my manicurist proceeds to file my nails short and remove the natural shine with an electric nail file. Then, she matched the false nail tips to my natural nails and applied them firmly with glue. From here, the shaping process begun. Just like natural nails, my manicurist cut the plastic nail tips and used a nail file to shape them into the coffin shape I had requested for. Next, she used an electric file to remove the ledge between the nail tip and my natural nail.

Photography Kiara Sky Nails

I initially assumed that the acrylic extensions were completed after the following buffing and brief filing to perfect the shape. Little did I know that there were more to come. My manicurist reached out for a tub of acrylic powder and liquid monomer, and proceeded to sculpt the clear acrylic onto the whole nail. In less than one minute, the combination of acrylic powder and liquid monomer hardened to form a tough and smooth layer. This made my natural nail and false nail tip combine. After more buffing and filling, my acrylic nails were done! The final step of this whole process was to apply the coloured gel. It was done the same way when you went for a gel manicure treatment.

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