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How To Trim Your Acrylic Nail Brush

How To Trim Your Acrylic Nail Brush

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As a nail tech, it can be difficult to find the exact size and shape of the brush you want. This is especially true when it comes to acrylic brushes that you can use for intricate designs and art.

It could also be that you have an acrylic brush with stray hairs that just won't get into shape no matter what you do.

For whatever reason, it is important for you as a nail technician to be able to trim your acrylic nail brushes and that’s what you will be learning in this article. 

Trimming Your Nail Brush

Acrylic Nail Brush


There's no one way to trim your brush. How you do it depends on what you are trying to achieve.

You can decide to make the tip of your bristles to be in a perfectly straight line. Or attempt to get rid of stray hairs coming off the sides of the brush.

Or, you might just want to reinvent an old brush and make it really thin for art designs and filling in the cuticle area. 

Here are what you will need for a perfectly trimmed acrylic nail brush: 

Acrylic Nail Brushes, scissors and monomer
  • Sharp scissors
  • The brush in need of trimming
  • Monomer

These steps will help you transform an old brush into a thin perfect nail art brush.

1. Hold the scissors in your dominant hand and the brush in the other hand.

2. Use the tip of the scissors to snip around the base of the bristles. Don't cut the hairs only on one side. Cut in on both sides if it is a flat brush and all around if it is round.

dipping acrylic brush to liquid monomer


Don't cut the tip of the bristles if you are trying to get a thin brush for nail art.

3. Dip the brush in monomer and lay it horizontally to dry before storing it.

This video will show you how to trim your brushes to a nice thin point.

Getting Rid Of Stray Hairs:

If you have a brush with one or two hairs sticking out of place, you can use tiny scissors or nail cutters to gently snip off that stray hair from the bulk of the bristles.

Pro tip:

When trimming your acrylic nail brush, never pull out the bristles from the ferrule. This will make the hairs loosen and start falling off and that is simply awful.

Always cut the bristles slightly above the ferrule, to maintain the integrity of the brush.

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And that's all you need to know about trimming your acrylic nail brush.
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