Not everyone is gifted with perfectly looking nails, and certainly not everyone is able to grow their nails long. If you find it hard to grow your nails naturally yourself, just invest in a good set of acrylic or fake nails. Basically acrylic nails are the most commonly known and used artificial nails. They are fake nails that are attached to your existing nails to give a fake natural appearance. You can get your acrylic nails at any nail salons in your area, but it can be costly. Below are basic procedures for applying acrylic nails:
Choose your nail sizes for each acrylic nail. If you can not find the perfect size for your nail, then choose the next larger size and file down the edges to fit. Prepare your natural nails appropriately so that the acrylic nails or acrylic tips can bond properly.
Begin by removing all traces of old nail polish and then push back and trim your cuticles with an orange stick and cuticle scissors. “Rough” up your nails a tad (be sure not to over do it – simply brush a file over your nail once or twice) to help the acrylic nail adhere to your natural nail.
Thoroughly clean your hands with an anti bacterial solution or soap of your choosing. Failure to do this before can trap bacteria under your acrylic nails which will remain there until you remove them, possibly weeks later. Once your nails are clean and dry, put a drop of glue on the tip. Make sure that the tips fit your nail bed as closely as they can. Adjust the nails quickly before the glue dries so they would not appear crooked. You can remove a crooked acrylic nail by immediately soaking it in water.
The next thing is to check the length of the new nails that you have put in place, you do this by using the artificial nail tip cutter to the size of your comfort. Since nail cutting tools vary, if you're using toe nail clippers, the best angle to begin with is from the one side cutting to the middle then cut starting from the other corner right to the middle but never cut across the whole nail. This might seem like a lot of work but once you understand how to do acrylic nails, there are no measurements to consider such as being worried about messing things. The first time you do it, it gets synchronized with your mind.
Finalizing your new acrylic nails: Allow the acrylic to dry on your nails for about 10 minutes. When the time has passed, use the nail file to file down the lumps (if any) and even out the curvature of each nail. Also use the file to shape your new acrylic nails, i.e., square, round, oblong, etc. When finished with filing, use the buffing block to smooth out each nail. When buffing is complete, place a small dot of baby oil on the buffing block and buff each nail again. Apply small amounts of baby oil as needed. This helps your new acrylic nails to become smooth and gives them a bit of a healthy shine. When all buffing is complete, wash your hand thoroughly. You are now ready for nail polish! Or if you applied French tips, you're ready for just a clear coat!
For removing your acrylic nails, pour acetone in plastic bag and dip your nails in it. Let it stay for about twenty minutes. Now take out the hand and slightly pull off the artificial nails since acetone must have dissolved the nail glue by now. However, there are chances that the glue will not be dissolved even in twenty minutes. In that case, you will have to soak your nails for another five minutes in acetone, and then pull off your nails once again. And in that way, you will get back your old natural nails.
A quick tip for those who know how to do acrylic nails but don’t know how to remove them: use petroleum jelly on the region surrounding the nail before immersing your nails in acetone. This would prevent your skin from getting dried up. With these tips to follow, removing acrylic nails will be quite a smooth-flowing process.