With such eccentric and steal-worthy nail trends floating in the mani world, wearing long claws with chic nail art becomes a mandate. One way to flaunt effortlessly long and perfect nails is to get acrylic nails. Although it sounds like quite the commitment at first, acrylics are actually pretty easy to upkeep, we promise. Here are 5 things about acrylic nails and about caring for them before you take the plunge. Read on…

things to know before getting acrylic nails

Do the prep work

You can’t get acrylics on weak and brittle nails, period. It will not only affect the health of your original nails, but will also mess up your fake ones. Make sure your nails are strong and healthy and ready to handle the nail extensions. Rub a lemon slice on your nails a week before you make an appointment. 

things to know before getting acrylic nails

Choose wisely

Pointy stilettos or adorable rounds, powder dip or gel acrylics; be clear in your mind as to what you want. Also do your research on the nail art you want and sit with your manicurists and be sure of the quality of nails and the tools they will be using to give you absolutely newbie nails.

things to know before getting acrylic nails

Handle with care

Your brand new nails will require constant upkeep and care, if you want them to last that is. The last thing you want is to see your manicure getting messed up (and your nails damaged) just because you didn’t pay attention. Cover your nails with gloves before using cleaning products and keep them dry as moisture can cause fungus.

things to know before getting acrylic nails

Give your hands some TLC

Not just your newly done nails, but also your cuticles and skin around those nails need some serious TLC. Apply a moisturising oil like jojoba oil or Vitamin E oil on your fingertips to keep your fake nails from cracking and your skin and cuticles around them healthy and happy.

things to know before getting acrylic nails

Remove carefully

If your nail situation goes wrong, don’t try to get them off by scraping or using a clipper. Improper removal of acrylics can damage your nails big time and leave them looking weird. Soak them in a nail paint remover for half an hour to break the acrylic, or better still get professional help.