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How To Care For Artificial Nails

Artificial nails are usually called fake nails, acrylic nails, imitation nails, false nails, nail extensions and gel nails. However, these are some of the types of artificial nails and they have some differences between them.

In this article we will cover what are types of artificial nails, why girls wear artificial nails, how to care & maintain them, how to remove these nails and finally answer some of the frequently asked questions.

There are many reasons why women and girls wear artificial nails. It’s possible to create a ton of different designs easily, it will save time, some girls don’t have long nails but, it’s easy to create long nails with artificial nails and finally, trying new nail polishes on artificial nails will save natural nails.

Types Of Artificial Nails

We already suggest some artificial nails such as acrylic nails, gel nails, nail extensions and press-on nails in the introduction. We will look at what they are and what’s the difference between them in this section.

Acrylic Nails

Acrylic nails are one of the popular artificial nails. They are durable and stronger than other nails because they are created with liquid monomer and a powder polymer.

Nail Extensions

Nail extensions are pre-made nail designs. They are made with plastic and other materials such as gel and acrylic. So, you can buy a nail extension in acrylic. But, they are different. Don’t be too confused about it.

Gel Nails

Gel nails are created from gel nail polishes. These nails are not a plastic thing but they are artificial. Moreover, gel nails look so beautiful and elegant. They are suitable for formal events, prom, weddings, parties and holidays.

Do you know how to care for these artificial nails? Even though many girls and women like to wear these types of nails, they are not satisfied with them because they don’t know how to care for these nails. Don’t worry. We are going to make the stuff easy.

Essential Tips for Maintaining and Caring for Artificial Nails

These are the expert tips for maintaining artificial nails at home.

1. Clean your fingernails properly

Cleaning your fingernails is important before wearing artificial nails. Because, if your fingernails have any dust, that will increase the chances to lose artificial nails. Moreover, it will increase the chance of infection. You can use nail brushes to clean your nails easily.

2. Don’t bite artificial nails

Some girls have the habit of biting nails. It is also suitable for natural nails. It will easily affect your nail decoration & skin and finally you may accidentally eat the nails.

3. Use Nail Strengtheners at least once a month

You may think why need to use nail Strengtheners because artificial nails don’t absorb any nutrients, they are just a plastic thing. We suggest nail strengtheners for your natural nails. If your nails are weak, it’s difficult to wear and maintain artificial nails.

4. Do not always wear artificial nail extensions

Wearing artificial nails always will have a negative impact on your natural nails. If you wear them regularly, your natural nails never get the chance to touch with air directly. So, they may lose their ability to grow and protect themselves. So, giving a rest is essential.

5. Avoid Nail Polish Removers

You need to use nail polish removers when removing artificial nails and nail polishes on your natural nails. Some girls use nail polish removers to remove the painting only on artificial nails. It will also remove your artificial nails. So, if you want to remove artificial nails, avoid using nail polish removers.

How To Maintain Artificial Nails

How To Remove Artificial Nails Safely

Removing artificial nails safely is also an important thing in caring for these fake nails.

Here are steps to how to remove artificial nails easily. Before following the steps, you need some things to do. They are nail polish remover, cotton balls and a bowl.

  • First, pour the nail polish remover and the cotton balls into the bowl.
  • Put your hands into the nail polish and wait for 3-5 minutes.
  • Then, rub your artificial nails with the cotton ball.
  • Now, you can easily remove the nail extensions or acrylic nails.
  • Finally, wash your hands with soap.

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Can I paint my artificial nails?

Yes. You can definitely paint your artificial nails. However, many artificial nails come with awesome colors and designs. If you don’t like them, you can choose your own colors. Some nail polishes don’t support artificial nails. So, consider it before buying nail polish for painting.

How long do artificial nails last?

Usually artificial nails last for a few weeks at the same time some fake nails last for even months. It’s all depending on how you care for them and what type of artificial nails you use.