HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR ACRYLIC NAILS BETWEEN SALON VISITS

Acrylic nails have been an enduring fashion trend since they were first invented in the 1970s, probably because they make manicures last for weeks instead of days and break less easily than natural nails. They’re also relatively inexpensive, even at most salons, and the ability to shape and design acrylics make them even more attractive to their fans.

So what’s the catch? If you don’t take proper care of your acrylics at home, you risk unpleasant and often painful repercussions like lifting, splitting, and bacterial and fungal infections. These acrylic nail care tips from Cutex will help you keep your nails looking their best between salon visits.

KEEP YOUR ACRYLICS DRY

If your acrylic nail tips or nails are constantly wet, the acrylic overlays can lift from your natural nail. Even a slight separation can be an invitation for a host of bacterial and fungal infections. Towel dry your nails thoroughly after you wash your hands, shower or swim. Wear gloves when you do dishes or clean the bathroom.

USE ANTIBACTERIAL SOAP

Bacteria can get under your acrylics and attack your natural nail, causing discoloration and deterioration of the nail bed. This can lead to permanent damage. Prevent it by using antibacterial soap each time you wash your hands.

FIX DAMAGED NAILS IMMEDIATELY

If you accidentally break or chip one of your acrylics, or if you notice that one is lifting away from your natural nail, stop by the nail salon and have it repaired right away. This way, you can prevent water from seeping into the nail bed, which can cause fungus and bacteria to grow. Many salons will repair damaged nails at no charge within the first few days of application, and most will do a quick repair for less than the cost of a full fill.

USE NON-ACETONE POLISH REMOVER

Want to change your polish? Acetone can dissolve acrylic nails, so use a non-acetone remover, such as Cutex Non-Acetone Liquid Nail Polish Remover, which features a patented, protein-enriched formula to help condition your nails and cuticles as it removes polish.