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Acrylic Nails Pros and Cons: You Need to Know Before Using

Having a nail manicure has become a trend among women in general. Especially when you have an easily-broken nail or habit of nail-biting, the demand for artificial nails increases during special occasions like Valentine’s day or Tet holiday.

Thus, whenever coming to nail salons and spas, you may be confused about different kinds of fake nails. One of them is acrylic nails. Here are some pros and cons of acrylics that might help you make a decision.

Definition of Acrylic Nails

Acrylic nails are one of the most common types of artificial nails, not to mention that this is one of the oldest.

Arylic nail is the oldest manicure

They are also known under the name of “liquids and powders nails” due to the combination of monomer liquid and polymer powder. In detail:

  • The liquid of monomer is made mainly of ethyl methacrylate,  a catalyst, and inhibitors. It is used to prevent UV absorption and wet the surface to enhance adhesion.
  • The powder of polymer is considered as carriers for chemicals included in acrylic nails

Besides, for a stronger bond between real and fake nails, a primer is applied onto the natural nail.

In fact, compared to gel nails, acrylic nails look much stronger if applied correctly. Therefore, they are usually used for nail extensions, which are fake nails made from nail products to make your natural nails longer.

There is a common belief that acrylics can cause damage to the natural nails. However, this is completely wrong provided that you take care of your nails with the proper removal process.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Acrylic Nails


  • Money-saving: Although how much acrylics exactly cost depends mostly on nail products, in general, they are cheaper than gel nails.
  • Longer-lasting: You may find it advisable to do acrylic nail manicure by experienced manicurists or experts as they provide you with proper nail technology.
  • Versatile: You can do a lot of things with acrylic nails, from shape and length to decorations. Besides, whenever you have fill-ins, you can change into another shape or make it longer/shorter. 
  • Repairable: If your acrylics happen to break, it is easy for you to repair them at home as long as you have manicure kits. This means you do not have to pay extra fees for repair. Fantastic, right?
  • Durable: For those who have weak and brittle nails or a habit of biting nails, acrylic extensions are a good choice as they are solid and hard to chew.
  • No UV light: Unlike gel nails, acrylic nails can be dried without a UV lamp.


  • Less natural-looking: It is difficult to achieve the ratio between liquid and powder and make it compatible with the natural nails. As a consequence, if the acrylic powder is too wet or too dry, the nails will look less shiny and can cause discomfort.
  • Slower curing time: No need for UV light can be an advantage of acrylic nails. However, this also means that they cure much slowlier than gel nails.
  • Odor: The chemicals in acrylic nails are quite strong, and thus, it is not advised for pregnant women due to strong chemicals.
  • Nails problems: Applied incorrectly, fake nails can lift away from your natural ones, causing mild infections and fungus, which can damage the natural nails. Moreover, the use of strong chemicals can result in skin allergy for some people.

Steps to Remove Acrylic Nails

Acrylic nails can be removed at home at anytime you want. What you need are just acetone, nail file, nail clippers, Vaseline, cotton pads, and aluminum foils.

Step 1: Use a nail clipper to cut the acrylic nails as short as possible.

Step 2: Use a nail file to file away the top coat and nail polish.

Step 3: Apply the surrounding skin of cuticles with Vaseline to protect yourself from acetone and skin allergy.

Step 4: Soak the cotton pads in acetone and put it on the nails. Surround your nails with aluminum foils for 30 minutes.

Wait for 30 minutes before pulling the nails out

As acrylic family nails are solid, more durable and longer-lasting than gel nails, 30 minutes before removing means that your natural nail bed would not be harmed.

Step 5: Take the foils and cotton pads out of your nails and the acrylic nails will come with it. However, if the acrylics still stick to your natural nails, repeat the 4 above steps.

Step 6: Use the nail file to remove the remains of acrylic nails.

Step 7: Reshape your natural nails gently.

Step 8: Wash your hands with soap and water carefully to remove acetone. Then, supply the hands with a skin moisturizer.

Tips on Acrylic Nails 

Regular maintenance: It is highly recommended that you have maintenance about each 15 – 20 days. If you do not have much free time, at least once a month can be fine, depending mostly on your nails growth.

Dry hands: Besides, for those who usually have regular contact with water, remember to wear gloves to prevent water penetration and fungal growth as they are easily soaked off in the water.

Nail care: This also plays an important part in the lifespan of acrylic nails. Consequently, it is essential that you take care of your nails on a daily basis. One of the easiest ways recommended by professionals is using natural oils to strengthen the nails and cuticles.


All in all, acrylic nails are one of the oldest manicures and they do bring beautiful nail appearance for women. However, whenever doing an acrylic nail manicure, remember to keep your hands dry to prevent fungus and bacteria.

Do you know any other Acrylic nail pros and cons? Leave your comment below to let us know.

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