To put it simply, acrylic nails are are a mix of powder and liquid monomer that’s combined into a blob of dough, shaped onto your nails with a brush, and then air-dried. Acrylics do not require a lamp to cure, and they’re great for changing the shape or extending your nails. Acrylics are ideal for people looking to change the shape of their nails or want more length. When you’re getting a full set of acrylics, the nail technician will usually put on tips, or use nail forms to achieve a more natural look. Each acrylic is then shaped as desired and painted with polish.
It’s safe to get acrylics as often as you wish, but research nail technicians in your area so that you’re sure you go to someone who is properly trained and experienced in applying them. Whether you’re a diehard gel manicure fan or you usually go with regular old polish, the good news is that you can use whichever formula you prefer. The same goes for dip powder, too. The hard truth: acrylics require a lot of upkeep. Most clients with acrylics generally come in every two to three weeks to get them filled. However, as long as any lifting of the acrylic is filled in, a set can be worn for six to eight weeks before they need to be removed.
Acrylics aren’t any more damaging than other forms of fake nails — as long as they’re properly taken care of. That includes getting them properly removed, regularly filled, and keeping them clean and dry. All of which prevents bacteria from getting into the acrylic and causing infections.