Life after Acrylic Nails

I’ll be the first to tell you all. My nails are a hot mess. A flaming hot mess.

I’d been wearing acrylic nails for about a year now, and just last week I made the decision to take remove them. Growing up, my mother never allowed me to get acrylic put on my nails so as an adult I always wanted to. I loved the fact that I could have long nails and that my polish would never (rarely ever) chip. I’d also seen so many other women with them and thought they made any hands look a little more sexy.

My first few months with them were seamless. Sure I didn’t love having an extra bill of regular fill ins every other week, and inhaling unsafe amounts of toluene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate. However, I did enjoy how great my hands looked. After some time, I realized that some of my nails were beginning to become severely damaged, especially when it came time to remove the acrylic I had on my nails for months, and replace it with a fresh coat. Removing acrylic can be really painful and involves quite a bit of tugging and clipping. I also began to see brown spots on my nails and when I would go back to my nail tech to address it, she would always point out that I may be developing a nail fungus, but never admitted to being the one that caused it.

Granted, I’ve heard horror stories about unclean nail shops where tools are being used on several clients, but I never thought I would fall victim to that. After all, I know plenty of people that have been wearing acrylic nails for years and never had an issue.

To avoid any future fungus or damage, I’ve removed the acrylic myself and am having to learn to deal with my thin, nubbly, brittle nails in the meantime. Has anyone else had a similar experience? Any tips on re-growing strong nails?

I’ve been using Sally Hansen Strong as Nails right now to begin to rebuild but if there are other products out there that may help, I’d love to hear about them!

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  1. I’ve just bought my own acrylic nail kit as I love acrylic nails so much! To keep my nails healthy I only wear them for 3 weeks at a time, then I take them off myself by soaking them in acetone for 40 mins (I usually put something on netflix to pass the time) and then they peel off with little damage to my nails. I then give my nails a break for 1-2 weeks and take nail supplements! Hope that helps 🙂

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  2. copperdove says:

    I’ve had the same experience but I tried acrylic nails once when I was 15 and I got a nail fungus just from that one time. Its been like four years now and I still have this nail fungus. Granted I became complacent and impatient with it I would sometimes not bother putting nail fungus medicine on it. I recently tried acrylics again for a few months and after taking them off, my nails are worst than ever. Now I’m trying to be more consistent with the nail fungus medicine and I’m considering taking biotin vitamins for them to get them a little stronger. They’re brittle and weak and ugly. They break right in the middle so sometimes I’ll have half nails. It sucks honestly. But thats what I get.

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