I decided to get acrylic nails on a whim. I have always had long and dare I say beautiful nails so getting artificial ones were never my priority. But since I was bored and wanted to try something different.
Worst mistake ever
They looked nice for about 3 days. Then I slammed my index finger against a door and my nail cracked across the nail bed and it was downhill from there. Since then 2 more of my nails have cracked spitting across the nail bed and I had to cut them off.
After my experience, I decided to see what the literature said about acrylic nails and it was quite a revelation. Because I want you to make an informed decision, here are the facts I have learnt about acrylics so make your choice on if you want to go forward.
What are acrylics?
These are artificial nails that are bonded on to your nails. Unlike press on nails, acrylics are made are moulded onto your and buffed into a nail shape
Dangers associated with acrylics
The trauma of your nail bed
Acrylics nails are much more rigid with a much stronger bond than between a real nail and nail bed. So any hard collision to artificial nails; i.e, a bump or knock, can lift the natural nail at the base presenting an opportunity for bacteria to enter. This rigidity leads to serious nail breaks which can be quite extreme depending on your nail strength.
A weakening of your natural nails
Constant use of acrylics can affect can your nail growth over time. Acrylics weaken your nails, making them prone to breakage. In addition, they also dry out your natural oils making them more prone to splitting. This is much worse if MMA is used because it makes your nails more sensitive to trauma.
The risk of bacterial and fungal infections
Because artificial nails are so much stronger when it splits it exposes a gap between the nail and nail bed. The warm environment is perfect for bacteria and fungi growth and constant use of acrylics makes treatment difficult. This infection does not only affect the wearer of the acrylics but also transmits the infection more easily to others. This why some hospitals don’t allow employees to wear artificial nails with evidence of nurse who transmitted infections leading to infant deaths. Acrylic nails also promote the growth of subungual (beneath a fingernail or toenail) growth of gram-negative bacilli and yeast.
Some of the chemicals used are dangerous
The chemicals used to apply acrylic nails are unhealthy and use products like resins and formaldehyde which are linked to cancer. Exposure to these chemicals over time can lead to the destruction of the nail matrix and loss of the nail. Some nail salons use an MMA a poisonous and illegal substance in their nail adhesives which damage your natural nails.
In some women, acrylic nails are cause contact dermatitis after application as well as long term allergies. This results in inflammation and thinning of the nail beds with a healing time lasting over a year.
Inhibit your natural nail growth
Regular application of acrylics weakens your nails and makes them prone to breakage. Even when applied correctly acrylics inhibit nail growth. This is because your nails need to be filed down so the acrylics and adhere to your natural nails. This thins your natural nails, making them much weaker. Even worse to get them removed your nails to be soaked in acetone or filed down. Which in turn affects nail growth.
Tips for acrylics ( if you must-have them)
- Acrylic nails transmit bacteria even when you wash your hands and should not be used in a health setting
- Take at least a 2-3 month break in between your nail application so that your natural nails can breathe.
- Soak-off gel nails are better than acrylic nails because they are more flexible so your nails less likely to crack.
- Skip trimming your cuticle trimming as much as because they protect your nails and the surrounding skin from infection.
- Reserve artificial nails for special occasions, time without artificial nails gives your nails a chance to repair them.
- Take natural supplements Biotin, Silica, L-Cysteine, B-Complex vitamins which can make help make your nails stronger.
Do you currently wear acrylics nails or plan to get them done in the future ? What are your thoughts about them now are they are yes or a no,let me know in the comments