Acrylic nail extensions shouldn’t really damage your nails, provided the correct preparation, maintenance (every 2-3 weeks), aftercare, and removal procedures are followed. The real damage is caused by heavy-handed nail technicians. Be weary of over-filing and drilling, this will cause weak, peeling and painful nails. You should always visit a qualified and insured nail tech. Over time the acrylic begins to lose adhesion to the nail, lifting and if air pockets start to be common this should be a warning sign. Acrylics should be removed and replaced every six months, although a person’s daily routine and home care plus how often they have infills does determine time too.
The scientific fact is that acrylic nails DO NOT damage your natural nails. As a matter of fact you can take a piece of fingernail and put it in acrylic nail solution for years and when it comes out it will be exactly the same as it was when it went in.
Artificial nails, a nail enhancement that can be made from a variety of materials, aren’t likely to harm healthy natural nails. Popular types of artificial nails include acrylic and gel nails. Both are made with types of acrylic, but gel nails require “curing” with ultraviolet light. If an artificial nail is damaged or as your natural nails grow, a gap can develop between the artificial nail and your natural nail. This gap provides a moist, warm environment in which a nail infection can flourish. Your nail technician will recommend you to take off and have a new set after 2 – 3 times infills.
In addition, anyone who wears nails for a long period of time and then removes them – even if there is damage to the nail, that damage will grow out in a few months . The natural nail will not look like it did 5, 10, 20 years ago. NOBODY’s nails look the same as they did 20 years ago. Nails age just like any other part of the body. Vertical ridging is a natural aging process. Not to mention a lot of people don’t remember what their nails even looked like 20 years ago. Horizontal ridging could be damage, though it is highly unlikely that it is from acrylic nails unless the nail the technician was extremely vigorous and was somehow able to damage the nail matrix.
Go to a salon that uses an LED curing light rather than a UV curing light. Gel nails require ultraviolet (UV) light to harden. LED emits lower levels of UV radiation than a UV curing light. An LED light also cures more quickly, which reduces your UV exposure.
Consider removing your artificial nails and letting your natural nails breathe every six months. If you suspect a nail infection, consult a dermatologist for an evaluation.
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