At Noire The Nail Bar in Brentwood, many of our nail salon customers come to us asking:

  • What are acrylic nails?
  • Are acrylic nails safe?
  • Do they hurt to put on or take off?

In this blog post, we’re going to answer all of these questions so you have a clear idea of the benefits of acrylic nails, and when you should consider getting them.

Acrylic Nails: What Are They & Why You Need Them

If you suffer from weak or brittle nails, acrylic nails may be a great option for you. Acrylic itself is a unique nail-like texture that is created by mixing a powder and liquid together. This forms a soft ball that can be fashioned into a natural nail shape with the help of a nail technician. Once the acrylic material has been molded to the appropriate shape, it will eventually harden.

To add a bit more length to your nails, you can ask your nail salon technician for a tip or a form. A tip is a piece of molded plastic that has been specially shaped to look like the tip of a nail. It is usually attached in the middle of the natural nail and is stuck together by using nail glue. A form, on the other hand, is placed underneath the nail with the acrylic applied on top.

There are many benefits to acrylic nails, the biggest being that these nails last a long time and they rarely chip. Unlike your average quick-dry nail polish or gel polish, acrylic nails are known to be extremely durable and they can last anywhere from three weeks to a month before you would need a refill.

Are The Safe?

This is another question our nail salon gets quite often. According to the Mayo Clinic, acrylic nails (and other artificial nails) are not likely to harm your natural nails, so long as your natural nails are healthy. It is possible, however, to develop a contact allergy to the dye or glue being used during your nail appointment.

Do They Hurt?

If you’re concerned about getting acrylic nails because you’ve heard that the procedure can hurt, we’re here to tell you that it’s not as bad as you think. You may feel some slight discomfort as the nails are applied to your natural nails, or when they are being removed by a professional.

How Do I Maintain Them At Home?

To take care of your acrylic nails at home, try to avoid exposure to water. You can do this by wearing protective gloves when you’re washing your hair or cleaning the dishes. A good cuticle oil can also come in handy to help maintain healthy nail beds and cuticles.

If you’re interested in acrylic nails for an upcoming wedding, party, or just to feel pretty, stop by Noire The Nail Bar in Brentwood today. We offer a wonderful array of nail salon services and we offer a selection of speciality manicures including our Chocolate Romance Manicure and our Silk Natural Manicure.