Acrylic nails are artificial enhancements overlaid on top of natural nails to give length or strength to the natural fingernails. The most common artificial nail enhancement is traditional acrylic, which is a two-part system of liquid and powder.
Acrylic nails can be applied as nail tips, or they may cover the entire nail. A variety of effects can be achieved by adding color, polish, glitter and texture.
Red acrylic nails are red nail extensions that are glued onto fingernails with acrylic applied over them. While acrylic nails are available in many colors and patterns, basic red is one option. Acrylic nails don't chip or peel, but there is a risk of contracting nail fungus when wearing them.
To remove acrylic nails at home trim the nails, file the surface, and soak the acrylic in acetone to break it down. Care for natural nails by moisturizing them daily.
The best way to get acrylic nails off is to dissolve the adhesive section between the nail and the acrylic using acetone.
Acrylic nail design ideas involve using stickers, nail polish, paint and add-ons, such as gems. Acrylic nails can also be formed using French manicure coloring so that only clear polish is necessary.
To apply acrylic nails, prepare the natural nails by removing the shine and applying the appropriate bonding agents. Load a nail brush with an acrylic bead, pat and smooth the acrylic over the nail, file the nail into shape, and buff the acrylic until it shines.
Remove acrylic nails by clipping and filing them down, then soaking them in acetone. This takes a minimum of 30 minutes. You need acetone, olive or almond oil, a nail block, hot water, aluminum foil, a rag and cotton pads.
The cost of having acrylic nails applied will vary depending on location. However, it typically costs between $25 and $80 to have a full set of acrylic nails applied, filed and painted, not including the nail technician's tip.
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.