August 1, 2013

Tips for Maintaining Acrylic Nails

Acrylic nails have been used for many years to enhance current nails or to create them where none exist. However, once you leave the salon, the work is not done. Acrylic nails require a bit of upkeep to keep them looking their best, but there is no reason these should be chores. Here are several easy tips to help you take care of your new nails.

Use Petroleum Jelly or Oil on Acrylic Nails

Vaseline, Jojoba oil, and coconut oil can be used to replace the shine and flexibility of the original acrylic. Make sure you “buff” the jelly/oil into the nail with a soft cloth of very soft toothbrush. This will not only keep them looking healthy, but keep them from cracking.

Repaint the Acrylic Nails

If you got an intricate design on your nails, you may want to leave this step to the professionals, but a new coat of paint or clear coat can really bring your nails back to life. In order to do this, gently remove the nail polish already on the nail using a non-acetone polish remover and a clean cotton ball or gauze. Then, use a high-quality polish specifically for acrylic.

Filing the Nails

When nails are too long for your daily activities, you will experience, chips, breakage, and even lifting of the nail. To fix nails that have become too long, to even out small chips, use and nail file and buffer to file the nail down and then smooth out the end. Remember to use a quality file and, if it is reusable, clean it with water and alcohol.

Buff the Nails

Use a multi-sided buffer to smooth and shine the top of your nails to get that “just from the salon” gleam. Doing this too often will result in loss of acrylic strength, so refrain from doing this more than once between visits.


Clean your nails a few times a week with a soft toothbrush and warm, soapy water. Use the brush to gently scrub any dirt away. If you are concerned about fungus, you can also add a cap of rubbing alcohol to the water.

Of course, you will need to visit a professional regularly to fill in nails and fix any issues that need to be fixed. Don’t wait for a problem to show up to visit a professional! You should go in every two weeks to have your nails filled, and we at Avalon Institute can help you with this. With just a bit of effort, you can keep shiny, beautiful nails for a very long time. But the key is consistency – just a few minutes a day will prevent many problems and keep your nails looking like new!

If you would like affordable manicures, we at Avalon Institute offer affordable salon services. The students will attend to you under the supervision of the instructors. Therefore, if you have acrylic nails and want a professional to take care of your nails, feel free to contact us.

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