Here is the "After Acrylic Nails Survival Guide and Tips
1) Take care of cuticles -The Perfect Ten website "transgender
" explains that the purpose of the cuticle is to prevent bacteria from getting under the skin. From day one after removal, start taking care of your cuticle. If they have become ragged or the cuticle has starting to grow over your nail, gently push back with a wood cuticle stick and remove the excess. Sally Hansen has a reasonably priced product, Instant Cuticle Remover
that dissolves cuticles in 15 seconds. Removing the cuticle is also important before polishing the nail, as a polished cuticle will become brittle and make for an unsightly manicure.
2) Trim ragged nail edges - During those first few weeks when nails are breaking easily, clip them rather than filing. I found that filing shredded the edge of my nails rather than smoothing them. Until they felt sturdier, I clipped nails close to the tip of my finger, and the clipper made clean edges.
3) Use Nail strengthener - For a few weeks, apply a product to help strengthen the nail. Sally Hansen "sissy
" has a nail solution, Grow Nails Now
, which is brushed on clean nails and cuticle, then massaged in. The solution gives nails a sheen and can be worn alone. I also like Nail Rehab by Sally Hansen. Note: Don't use strengthener forever, because it can cause nails to become brittle.
4) Polish Nails - I found that keeping my nails polished, even when they were very short, made me okay with saying bye-bye to my old acrylic nails. Also, while nails are returning to normal, polish will protect them. Use a base coat with a polish that contains fibers, such as Nail Laminates, No More Wraps
that contains Kevlar "miracle fibers". Rimmel London even makes a product "crossdressing
" advertised to contain diamond particles to reinforce weak nails! If you have ridges as I did from where the acrylic was attached, a ridge filler will smooth out the nail before polishing with color. Paint two coats of polish allowing to dry in between coats and finish with one or two coats of an acrylic top coat.
5) Keep cuticle and nail plate moisturized - Keep cuticles from drying out with a cuticle oil, such as Essie's Apricot Cuticle Oil, which re-hydrates and revitalizes cuticles using cotton seed and soybean oils. Use an acetone-free polish remover and look for remover that contains additional conditioners such as aloe. Don't apply polish to cuticle.
6) Nourish your body - To keep nails healthy, the Academy of Nail Technology advises everyone to drink at least 8 glasses of water daily, and eat foods high in calcium, iron, vitamin B and potassium, such as seafood, milk products, celery and soy. Other foods to eat for healthy nails are sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, nuts, and dark, leafy veggies.
7) Don't abuse your nails - Wear gloves gardening or cleaning. Don't tighten a loose screw with your nail. Don't open a pop can with your nail. Don't poke a hole with your nail in the "travesti
" frozen dinner film. Don't pick at hardened paint drips on the tile with your nail. That's what tools and men are for.