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How To Decide If Fake Nails Are Right For You

acrylic fingernailsThere’s no denying that artificial nails look pretty cool. Busy moms and working women wear them and they often come with a nifty design and fabulous colors. If you’ve never had fake nails before, the end result can be tempting enough to encourage you to make an appointment at your local nail salon. However, having and maintaining artificial nails is no easy task.

Don’t be fooled – as gorgeous as fake nails can be, it isn’t like dealing with your natural nails. Before attempting to get artificial nails, it is wise to do your homework and know what the process involves and what you need to do to not only keep your artificial nails in good shape but your real nails as well. One of the first things to know is that having artificial nails is not really healthy for your natural nails.

Of course this all depends on how well you take care of them. If you’re not one for being responsible and sticking to guidelines for care, chances are you will do your natural nails more harm than good by getting fake nails and should probably avoid it. However, with the proper care and maintenance, you can successfully sport fake nails without doing too much damage to your real nails.

There are four different types of fake nails: acrylic, wrap, gel, and sculptured. Acrylic nails are by far the most popular. This type of look is created by combining a monomer (liquid acrylic) and a polymer (powdered acrylic), which forms a very thick and tough nail.

Acrylic fingernails can be placed on natural nails on just the tip of the nails or covering the entire nail itself. Once it dries, it becomes very hard. Depending on who does the job, acrylic nails can look somewhat natural but often it is easy to tell when one has acrylic nails.

Wrap nails involve the use of materials such as linen, paper, pieces of silk, or fiberglass. The chosen material is then cut into a special shape and attached with glue to the natural nail. This alternative is lightweight and doesn’t weigh down on the nail itself but because of the fragility of the material used, wrap nails often tend to be the least durable. However, this option for fake nails is considered to be the most natural in appearance.

Like acrylic, gel nails used a mix of polymers and monomers but this combination is pre-mixed and considered a lighter consistency. The gel is brushed onto the nail and then placed under ultraviolet light to dry. This method of artificial nails can also be used to fix broken and split nails. Although gel nails are not as strong as acrylic, they do look more natural in appearance.

Sculptured nails involve the use of pre-made acrylic or fiberglass gel that can be sculpted to the right shape and length to be placed over your nails. This type of fake nail needs to be filled in so that the appearance remains natural looking.

Getting artificial nails applied doesn’t quite work the same as a regular manicure on your fingernails. Fake nails require going back to the salon to get them treated to avoid damage to your natural nails.

Additionally, when you are ready to have them removed, you should only do so by having a professional do it. Trying to remove them yourself can result in ripping off your natural nails along with the fake ones, causing a lot of damage.

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