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How to remove acrylic nails - step by step

Acrylic nails are, next to gel manicure, one of the most popular methods of nail extension. Acrylics are a perfect solution for women who want a long-lasting effect. Why? Due to the fact that the acrylic mass adheres strongly to the nail plate, it is possible to provide very high protection for the natural nail. The exceptional durability and resistance to mechanical damage makes styling look great even for 3-4 weeks. In addition, acrylics are great at masking any imperfections in a natural tile.

What are acrylic nails?

Acrylic can be described as a powder that, when combined with a monomer (in the form of a liquid) forms a mass that is then applied to properly prepared nails. After a few minutes, the acrylic mass cures - with no need for LED / UV lamps.

The next step is filing the cured surface - the nail stylist filing and shaping acrylic gives nails the desired shape. It should be remembered that for an acrylic manicure, in addition to acrylic and monomer, you also need a brush (preferably made of natural bristles).

Although acrylic did not have a good reputation in the past (in the 1960s, harmful chemicals such as methyl were used for its production), now extensions made with this method are completely safe for our health.

Acrylic nails - a wealth of types

Acrylic nails enjoy unflagging popularity due to their extraordinary durability and plasticity. To meet the various requirements of our customers, a wide range of products is available on the market. It is worth knowing that: 

  • sold monomers have various properties that affect the rate of acrylic mass setting;
  • the degree of transparency of acrylic powders varies - from completely transparent to 100% covering the nail plate;
  • acrylic powders have different setting times.

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How to remove acrylics properly?

To properly remove acrylic nails, first remove the larger part with an e-file (Indigo Style bit), then use a remover for a thin layer covering the natural nail plate. High-quality products completely dissolve the acrylic mass, and the natural tile remains intact, so we don't have to use a file to remove any excess product. The correct procedure for removing the acrylic manicure is as described below: 

  • To lead to occlusion, moisten the cotton pad with a remover and then wrap the nail in it (or we may use aluminum foil);
  • After 15 minutes, we can gently remove the dissolved acrylic using a cuticle pusher (remember that the acrylic mass that has undergone the dissolution process has a rubbery consistency);
  • Then repeat the above procedure to ensure that the acrylic is completely dissolved;
  • The next step is the classic manicure, which aims to smooth the surface of the nail plate using buffers and polishers.

Although you can remove acrylic nails yourself at home, it's best to use the services of a qualified nail stylist — experience, knowledge and specialist tools at the salon's disposal guarantee safe and properly done treatment.

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