Looking down at my plain, boring, un-buffed nails, I decided I needed a change. A change that would make my nails look Instagram-worthy. I needed acrylic nails.
Acrylic nails are made from mixture of monomer liquid with a polymer powder, creating a plastic when applied on top of your nails. Below, I’m going to share my experience on getting them done for the first time.
Firstly, when you arrive at the salon, you’re faced with big decisions: short or long? Square or round? I played it safe with short, square nails. I definitely recommend doing the same as even a small difference in length takes some getting used to.
My nail artist did them very quickly and when they were done they looked really, really good – no, Insta-worthy. I got them painted with a burgundy normal nail polish and I was so impressed with how they looked!
What’s even better is that the nail polish hardly chipped and lasted way longer than it has ever done on my natural nails. I’m talking two weeks, and when I got my nails refilled, they still looked good three weeks after.[FYI a refill is when you come back and get them redone by adding more acrylic to the nail. Something I did not think about until I got them done.]
The problem with refills is that it’s not cheap but it is a necessity. You can end up spending a lot of money, depending where you go and how often you change them.
If you don’t refill them, they’re likely to break, and I learned that the hard way. One of mine broke and the pain was utterly excruciating. I ended up having to remove the whole set the following day because it was that bad.
Then after removing them, I saw how damaging acrylics are to your nails. To take them off, the nail artist has to sand them down, which leaves your natural nails very, very thin – so thin that they bend and rip way too easily. This was a real let down.
Another downside to acrylics is how easily dirt gets inside your nails. As someone who is over-hygienic, I ended up buying toothpicks to clean the inside of my nails, which I did two-to-three times a day. It’s very important to keep them clean so be prepared to do the same.
So yeah, acrylic nails are great at the time. But, do be ready to be investing in some nail hardeners afterwards. I won’t be getting mine done for a while now.