As someone who can’t grow out their nails without breaking at least two of them along the way, I get jealous whenever I notice someone’s long, perfect, almond or square-shaped nails. 

While some people are blessed with naturally strong nails, the ones I long for are often credited to the magic of acrylics. This faux nail method is ideal for those of us who want long nails, but can’t or maintain their ideal nail length or shape on their own. However, they’re not exactly effortless: Getting acrylic nails comes with a price tag, and the upkeep does, too. Additionally, acrylics can damage your nails if they’re done wrong. 

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. 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. 

“Acrylics should be removed by soaking each nail in acetone until the acrylic is soft enough to remove gently, iIt is best to have a professional remove them to avoid damage to your nail bed.”

Ritha Marks

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