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Time to Go Natural


You have finally decided to remove those acrylics.  The road to recovery doesn't have to be long and drawn out.    After wearing the acrylic nails for an extended period of time your nails become dry and thin, due to the lack of light, oxygen, and the weight of the acrylic itself.  So the sooner you remove the acrylics, the better for your natural nails.

All of the chemicals (adhesives, primer, etc) in the artificial nail application eventually take a toll on your natural nail beds.  It will take some time to get back to a healthy, strong, natural nail, but the sooner you begin, the sooner your nails will begin to heal.

Have your nails professionally removed.  Do not pick or peel them off.  This process takes about a half hour and involves soaking your nails in a glass bowl with acetone.

After removing the acrylic nails, it's important to apply a good strengthening formula. These formulas have a special combination of ingredients, including hydrolyzed keratin and protein in combination with gelatin and calcium.  The protein formulas bond the nail layers together, building a strong nail foundation resistant to peeling, chipping and splitting.  My manicurist recommends Nailtiques, the original protein formulas created for different nail conditions.  Since Nailtiques debut, many other manufacturers have released their own line of products including: Nail Tek and Revivanail.

Nail Care

The protein formula will seal the layers of the nail together.  Each application reinforces and thickens the nail while promoting strength and flexibility.   Apply 1-2 times a week for two months.  After this time switch to a maintenance formula.  If you are not getting results within this timeframe, then switch to a maximum strength formula, such as Nail Tek's Xtra Maximum Strength Formula.  This formula is a concentrated formula that provides extra strength necessary to correct severe nail weakness.  In addition, it is also important to use a good quality cuticle oil.  My manicurist recommends solar oil, but there are many good cuticle oils out there. 

Of course, it would be best to not apply nail polish.  As nail polish remover, strips out the natural oils and nutrients from the fingernail. So the less often you wear and change your polish, the better off your nail will be. 


Nail Terminology Guide

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