FIND A GOOD NAIL TECHNICIAN
The key to real-looking, long-lasting acrylics is finding an experienced nail technician. You should do your research and ask questions.
Research the nail tech that you will be visiting. Check out their work. Does it fit your style? Can they execute what your are looking for in your nail service?. Looking your potential new nail tech up on Google Business or see if they have an online portfolio — this way, you can see photos that show their level of work.
Not only should you be asking questions beforehand about your nail artist’s process, but you should also make sure you are telling them exactly what you want. Be sure that you bring in a photo or example of what you would like to have done. You want to be able to have someone who can understand what you want.
Another important tidbit to remember: When it’s done right, your acrylic nails will last longer and look better, which is why finding someone who can care for them is super important.
SCHEDULE REGULAR FILLS
If you’ve committed to acrylics, then you should know that they require regular fills. Make sure to schedule appointments with your nail technician every two to three weeks, depending on your nail growth and your nail artist’s recommendation.
The time schedule varies. Some client’s nails don’t grow fast and some clients grow at a rapid rate. We always say to get your fills around two to three weeks. If you are hard on your nails or do a lot of work with your hands, going sooner to avoid any lifting. Another thing to remember — if you break a nail, not glue it back on yourself. Gluing the nail(s) back on to your nail can cause bacteria or moisture to be trapped under the enhancement.
If you go longer than two weeks, your acrylics will grow out, making them easier to damage. If you fail to keep up with routine fills, your nail technician will have to break off your acrylics and start from scratch, which is also worse for your real nails in the long run.
USE LONG-LASTING NAIL POLISHES AND TOP COATS
As you’ve already learned, acrylics are an investment. Why waste your time and money with cheap nail polishes? No matter how cute the color, we highly suggest only using top brand nail polishes. We prefer Essie over everything — not only do they have an amazing color selection, I’ve found that they last the longest and even maintain a shine throughout the life of your manicure.
What’s even more important than a good nail polish is a great top coat. Seche Vite is one of the fastest drying top coats and one that is used at most nail salons.