Pros and Cons of Acrylic Nails

Acrylic nails are a great option for someone who has a habit of biting her nails or for those who have trouble growing their nails. Some women will use these types of nails to help break the habit of nail biting; other women will use them so they can feel beautiful and have lovely, easy to care for nails. Acrylics can stand up to the abuse that we as women put our nails through on a daily basis.

Acrylic nails are by far the most popular type of artificial nail on the market today. These nails can completely cover the nail or just a part of it. Acrylic nails are harder than gel nails and the removal process is pretty simple. If one breaks, you can generally fix it temporarily yourself until you are able to get it re-applied by a professional manicurist. You will also want to know how to remove acrylic nails at home safely.

When you are applying and removing acrylic nails, be careful not to damage the real nail beneath it. Normally there should not be a problem, as long as you apply the nails according to the instructions.

Once you start wearing acrylic nails, you won't want to stop. Think about when you color your hair: when you stop, your roots show and you have to color it all over again because you hate the way the roots look. When you have acrylic nails and remove them, you are back to your old nails, which may not look so nice anymore, so you will want the acrylics back on as soon as possible! If you had creative acrylic nails, like the hand painted versions, you may miss the design and style they provided and long for the funky style you once had.

There is some maintenance involved in caring for your acrylic nails. Regardless of the quality of the acrylic, there will be some wear and tear over time. You will need to get them touched up every couple of weeks for chips, scratches and loosening glue. If the glue starts to become loose you need to get the nail re-applied or it will fall off. Of course, this is bound to happen at the most inopportune time. It is a classic example of Murphy's Law.

There are different styles and types of nails, so ask your manicurist what the best option is for your nails.

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