After Removing Your Acrylic Nails: A Survival Guide

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Acrylic nails are great but using them for a long time can cause damage to your real nails. Not only that, acrylic nails are expensive and maintaining them can actually ruin your budget. Think about the many things you can buy with the money that you spent on your acrylic nails! You can definitely use the money besides, natural nails are always less expensive to maintain. Now if you have decided to stop using acrylic nails then here’s a guide on what to do next.

Salons usually offer you a fee for removing acrylic nails but if you want to do it yourself then you can also do that. But let’s say that you have removed your acrylic nails, what’s next? What will you see once the acrylic nails are removed?

Basically, the natural nails will remain the same but you need to take care of your fingernails well in order for it to return to its proper texture and color.

Care for the cuticles

Once the acrylic nails are removed, the first thing you should take care of is your cuticles. If they become ragged or have grown back, gently push it back with the use of a wooden cuticle stick and remove any excess cuticle. You can apply cuticle remover solutions before you remove them so they become soft and easy to remove.

Trim your nails

Clip and file your nails so they look even. This will make your nails look better before you apply any nail polish.

Nail Strengthener for strong nails

Since you don’t have acrylic nails anymore, it is important to keep your nails strong. Applying nail strengthener can do the trick. However make sure to use this every now and then and not regularly as nail strengtheners can make the natural nails brittle.

Apply nail polish

If you are used to having acrylic nails, polishing your natural nails can also help protect them as they grow back to normal. Applying two coats of your favorite nail polish is enough.

Keep your cuticles healthy

It is important to rehydrate your cuticles and prevent them from drying out. Use products that can help revitalize the cuticles and an acetone-free polish remover whenever you are removing your nail polish. Also keep in mind not to apply nail polish on your cuticles as this will only dry it out.

Make sure to keep yourself nourished

In order to keep healthy and strong fingernails, you need to keep yourself hydrated. Drinking at least 8 glasses of water every day can do the trick. Eating foods rich in calcium, potassium, Vitamin B and iron can also help. Nuts, dark leafy vegetables and the likes are also proven to be good for your nails.

Protect your natural nails

Besides keeping regular cleaning and nail care, it is also important to protect them from your daily work. If you are cleaning your house, make sure to wear gloves. Don’t use your nails to pop a can or tighten screws. Basically, don’t abuse your nails, this way you can keep them healthy and strong.