- Artificial Nails: Instagram Boosts the Trend
Artificial nails come in three basic varieties, all of which are made of acrylic plastic. “Acrylic nail” usually refers to a mixture of liquid and powder that is applied to your nails with a brush and then air-dried in front of you. It’s the same basic technique as “soft” polish gels, but the finished product is harder because it’s painted on from a small pot of gloopy substance. For dip nails, the adhesive is applied to the nail before the powder is dusted, and an activator is added to start the chain reaction that hardens and smoothens the surface.
When you hear “acrylics,” you may think of lengthy, fake nails. However, extensions are not part of every dip or gel manicure. It’s possible to extend the length of your nails using either a tip (a piece of plastic that’s affixed to the end of your nail) or a form (a small sticker that sticks to your natural nail). A photoinitiator in the product is activated by a UV or LED light that hardens or “cure” the gel, rather than the chain reaction of two products meeting and commencing a polymerization chain reaction that occurs with acrylic. Acrylic nails have been around for decades, but their popularity has skyrocketed in recent years because of celebrities, social media, and our collective infatuation with nail art. Acrylics are a great option for people who want to lengthen and strengthen their nails, as well as those who want a larger, more level surface on which to paint their nails.
Difference between Gel and Acrylic Nails
Both methods fall into the category of “fake nails,” so it’s easy to get them mixed up. When it comes to getting a manicure, it’s possible to find a mix of the two techniques: Over acrylic nails, and gel nail polish can be applied. If you want acrylic nail extensions to go with your gel manicure, that can be done as well. Gel nail extensions, on the other hand, are more commonly used in gel manicures today since they are pre-shaped gel tips. These will resemble acrylics in appearance, but they may be less harmful and require fewer chemicals to be applied throughout the process.
Are Artificial Nails Harmful?
Whether or not Artificial Nails are harmful to your health is an important question. Acrylic nails aren’t always harmful to your natural nails because they’re made of acrylic. The health of your nails will be affected to a greater or lesser extent by acrylics if they are not applied and removed correctly. For those who have had their nails prepped for the application of acrylic, it’s only a matter of time before they’re completely gone.
‘Scoring’ or sanding down your natural nail is not necessary for a proper application. Using a light buffer (by hand, no drills with sanding bands), drying the nail’s surface, and priming properly with a primer from the same product line as the enhancement product is all that is required.
Most importantly, fake nails can be applied without damaging your natural nails if you have a nail technician that cares about your nails and takes the time to assure their health.