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TLC for Acrylic Nails

Removing or caring for acrylic nails at home may seem like a merciless task. But if merciful is the way you are aiming to go, then read on. 

Acrylic nails are oh-so-trendy, pretty, fun, fearless, glamorous and the ultimate showstoppers. But acrylics also have some bitter truths. Firstly, they are expensive, need hours to install, require high maintenance and regular upkeep, as damage, chipping or breaking can be painful. If you have said ‘I do’ to acrylic nails, you need to be as dedicated and attentive to your acrylics as you are to your partner!

Here’s how you can show them some love at home until you hit the salon.

Maintaining acrylic nails at home:

  • Be practical and choose a length that suits your lifestyle.
  • Put on some gloves while doing the dishes, gardening, cleaning and tons of other housework that require maximum use of your hands.
  • Be extremely gentle while opening cans, bottles, boxes or packages.
  • Wash your hands and areas around the nails regularly with mild soap and water to keep them clean.
  • Dry your hands immediately after washing as water can loosen the glue that binds the acrylics.
  • Keep your nails moisturised with a cream or vitamin E oil and apply cuticle oil to your cuticles.
  • Apply a top coat thrice a week to avoid cracks from appearing in your polish.

Removing acrylic nails:

The best way to remove acrylic nails is by going to a professional. However, considering the current situation, getting it removed at home might be the only solution for many. If that is the case, then read on.

  • Clip the excess acrylics off and get it as close as possible to the original length of your nails.
  • Next step is to soak your nails in acetone to loosen the acrylics. But your skin will curse you for it. If you are going to try this technique, ensure you have applied ample amount of petroleum jelly all over your palms.
  • You can soak the nails in acetone for 20 minutes and gently scrape away the acrylics.
  • The other way to do it is to soak a cotton ball with acetone, cut a foil into squares, wrap the acetone-soaked cotton ball around the nails and cover it with the foil. Keep it on for 20-30 minutes, then gently buff the acrylics away.
  • Repeat the process until the entire acrylic is off.
  • Once you have taken the acrylics off, wash your hands with mild soap and warm water.
  • To finish it off, apply a nourishing hand cream.



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