Acrylic nails last about two weeks with proper care, and nail refills performed by a technician can make them last a few weeks longer. Treating the nails with regular filing and lotion application can also help elongate the nail life.
Nail technicians use a liquid and powder mixture to apply acrylic nails. They may cover the whole nail or the tips. Acrylic nails grow with the natural nail. A technician can fill the empty area that grows out to keep the acrylic from becoming brittle or breaking off. Removing the acrylics involves soaking the nails for about 15 minutes in nail polish remover.