Here Lies The Truth About Fake Nails

Beauty & Style | Melanie Yvette | 03/03/2016 | 02:39 PM EST

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Acrylic or gel manicures. Let's talk facts.

So you love your stiletto---or any other trendy style---nails, right? But girl those fly polished fingertips could be costing you the overall health of your nails. And while you probably aren’t willing to give up your nail game, you at least need to know the real deal.


Simply put, the process of getting acrylic nails is hard on your nail beds. The fact that a thin layer of the nail has to be buffed down for adherence makes for weakness once the enhancement is removed. Not to mention the usage of the high-chemical glue used to apply the tips can be harsh on your lungs. So, you might want to grab one of those hospital masks your nail tech wears.

And that’s only the beginning…

…Because once you start getting acrylic nails, you have to get fill-ins. Over time, the acrylic grows out with your nails, which means your technician has to “gently” file down the acrylic edge closest to your nail bed, and then fill in the empty area between your nail bed and the existing acrylic nail.

Oh, and about the removal of acrylic enhancements? Say hello to dry cuticles, nails beds and fingers thanks to 10-15 minutes of soaking your nails in acetone---a colorless, volatile, flammable organic solvent that is essentially a paint stripper.

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And if you’re thinking: “This is why I do gel manicures.” Guess what, your nails aren’t completely off the hook.


For one, gel nails sometime require a bit of filing down on the nail bed before application. Not to mention they too have a serious removal process, that requires your nails to be soaked in that same acetone for about 15 minutes. Pair that with the usage of an orange stick cuticle pusher to get the entire gel layer off, and the top layer of your nail bed could be in jeopardy.

Those are facts. Go print’em.


Will you give up getting your nails done because of the cons? Maybe…Maybe not. It’s all about figuring out the process you feel safest with. Or hell, just wear your own natural nails.

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