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Acrylic Nails:

Acrylic nails are the most popular of all artificial nails. As with all artificial nails, acrylic nails can be used as an overlay over your natural nail to avoid breakage or used with nail tips to lengthen nails. Acrylic nails are the strongest and last the longest of all the nail overlays. Acrylic nails need to be filled every 2-3 weeks depending on your natural nail growth. It's best if you set up 2 or 3 appointments ahead of time. This will ensure that you do not let your acrylics overgrow which can result in “lifting”.

Benefits of acrylic nails:  

In caring for your new nails, you may need to modify some bad habits. Your new nails are strong, but not unbreakable. You’ll need to treat them properly to keep them looking great for a long time.


  1. Be very deliberate when using your hands. Start using the ball of your finger and your knuckles instead of your nails.
  2. Always use the proper tools! Your nails were NOT created to be used as a screwdriver, can opener, and the ultimate dis-lodger of all things!
  3. Do not leave your hands in water for long periods of time. Water eventually breaks down just about everything, including nail adhesive.
  4. The nails should never be clipped, picked, nipped, or pulled off. That will guarantee damaged nails!
  5. Do not try to remove them yourself.
  6. Do not put your nails in harsh chemicals such as cleaning products. Wear gloves when gardening, washing dishes, and any heavy duty cleaning. Don’t wear them for too long however, because they will create a humid atmosphere, which makes the acrylic soft and lifts it from the natural nail.
  7. Use acetone free varnish remover.
  8. It is important not to change your polish more than once a week. Polish removers can leave deposits on your nail product, which can eventually cause it to deteriorate, break and lift.
  9. If any area of lifting is noticed (a white area under the overlay), return for repair. Do not leave it as water can get under and get trapped which may cause infection.
  10. If any other changes are noticed such as discolouration, redness or a rash on the skin, return immediately.
  11. Apply Solar Oil to cuticles and nails every day. This will help to keep your skin looking healthy and promote flexibility in your nails. Apply Creative Sensations hand cream whenever you wash your hands. But No hand creams, body lotions, baby oil, etc that contain LANOLIN should be used. Some shampoos and conditioners also contain this (for example Pantene, Flex, Organics, Timotei and Elvive. Clarins beauty products have been known to affect the acrylic, but also check conditioners. Try not to use products that contain mineral oils such as Radox.
  12. Do not miss maintenance appointments. Book regular re-balancing appointments to keep your nails in top condition.  It is a good idea to book a series of appointments at one go. Booking the same day and time every 2-3 weeks can make it easier to remember.
  13. Watch out for things like drawers and cupboard doors - they can easily catch and break a nail enhancement. Be careful with things like ring-pulls, don't use the nail tips to pull laundry out of a basket or to flick switches.
  14. One of my golden rules…..make sure your nail shape and length match your lifestyle. Nails that are too long for your lifestyle and activity level result in too much pressure being put on the stress area of your nail plate, leading to broken or torn natural nail plates.