How to Return to Natural Nails After Removal of Acrylics

by Bridgett Michele Lawrence

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.

Items you will need

  • Water
  • Multivitamins
  • Biotin
  • Olive oil
  • Hand lotion
  • Cotton swab
Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

Moisturize your hands and nails with lotion every time you wash your hands.

Photo Credits

  • Painting Fingernails image by Amanda White from Fotolia.com

About the Author

Based in Los Angeles, Bridgett Michele Lawrence began working as a freelance writer in 2008. She is an accomplished screenwriter, teacher and blogger. Her articles appear on the Sixth Wall and other websites. Lawrence holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in screenwriting from New York University and a Master of Science in childhood education from Brooklyn College.