How Long Do Acrylic Nails Last?

If you have clients whose nail polish chips or smudges as they leave the nail salon, it may be the right time to suggest they try acrylic nails.

Acrylic nails last much longer than nail varnish and it won’t chip or flake like nail varnish.

Generally, acrylic nails should last about two to three weeks before a fill-in becomes necessary. The nails continue to grow underneath the Acrylic nails, hence the need for a fill-in.

After six to eight weeks, you should soak off the acrylic nails and apply a fresh set for the client. Some clients’ nails grow faster than others which affects the length of time between fill-in and a new set of nails.

The two main factors that affect how long acrylic nails last, is the client and the nail technician.

Professional Nail Technician Ensures Durability 

If a professional nail technician applied the acrylic nails, the client should enjoy the maximum durability of their nails.

The nail technician could apply a gel layer on top of the acrylic nails instead of nail varnish. The gel gives the nails a fresh and vibrant look and will last longer than the nail varnish.

Your acrylic nails should last longer with the gel layer.

If the nail technician prefers using nail polish, she should use a high-quality product that doesn’t chip or flake within a day or two. Always apply a topcoat for a longer-lasting effect.

The client can use the same application method in the interim period between appointments. 

Clients Influence How Long Acrylic Nails Last

If a professional nail technician applied the acrylic nails, the client should enjoy the maximum durability of their nails.

The nail technician could apply a gel layer on top of the acrylic nails instead of nail varnish. The gel gives the nails a fresh and vibrant look and will last longer than the nail varnish.

Your acrylic nails should last longer with the gel layer.

If the nail technician prefers using nail polish, she should use a high-quality product that doesn’t chip or flake within a day or two. Always apply a topcoat for a longer-lasting effect.

The client can use the same application method in the interim period between appointments. 

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How To Have Long Lasting Acrylic Nails

Often clients have no idea how to look after their nails and then they blame the product or the nail technician. It’s your job to educate your clients.

Here are tips on how your client can look after her nails so that her acrylic nails last longer.

  • A regular fill-in appointment will give your nails a fresh look and strengthen the set as your nails grow.
  • Keep your hands and cuticles moisturized throughout the day. It may avoid unnecessary cracks or breaks.
  • Wear gloves to protect the nails when doing housework, gardening or washing up. Excess moisture may cause unnecessary lifting of the acrylic nails. 
  • Wash your hands regularly with a hand wash or antibacterial soap. Use a soft brush to remove any dirt. Make sure your nails are completely dry when you’ve washed your hands. 
  • Be mindful of how you pick items up and how you open them. Take care to use your fingers, not your nails for unbuttoning or unzipping clothing. 
  • Use the pad of your finger when you type. It may sound great to hear the clicking of your beautiful nails against the keyboard, but it will shorten the lifespan of your acrylic nails. 
  • Wear your nails at a length you are comfortable with and that complements your lifestyle. Too long or too short nails may cause damages to the nails because you’re not used to the length. Acrylic nails are hard, and you could crack or break them by hitting them too hard against a surface. 
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