Acrylic nails are convenient and durable, but wearing them has some unfortunate side affects. Acrylic nails are more expensive to maintain than natural nails, and the procedure to apply them may cause damage to the natural nail. Before the nail technician applies the acrylic, she files the natural nail down to create a smooth surface for the acrylic to adhere. This leaves the natural nail dry and brittle. Properly caring for your natural nails when you remove the acrylic is necessary in order to restore them to a healthy state.
Drink plenty of water. Keeping your body properly hydrated will prevent your nails from becoming brittle and breaking. If your nails are already cracking, replenishing the water in your body will help restore moisture to your nails.
Take your vitamins. Vitamins and minerals are essential to healthy nails. Take a multivitamin once a day. Include a daily supplement of biotin, which promotes healthy hair and nail growth.
Dip a cotton ball in extra virgin olive oil and rub it on your nails and cuticles three to four times daily. The olive oil will help to keep your nails hydrated and prevent brittleness.
Moisturize your hands and nails with lotion every time you wash your hands.