How to Take Care of Nails After Acrylics

by Beth Porter

Restoring nails to a healthy, natural state is a priority, especially to prevent broken nails and fungus infections. Fungus thrives in damp, grubby places, which makes post-acrylic nails a perfect habitat. After safely removing acrylic, women are burdened with weak, brittle nails. While there is not a fast method to recondition damaged nails, weeks of treatments and gentle care can help restore them. Horrendous fungus infections and nail breakage can be prevented if you take care of nails after acrylics.

Items you will need

  • Vitamin A
  • Calcium supplements
  • Vitamin B7
  • Strengthening formula
  • Micro-fine nail buffer
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 bowls
  • Towel
  • Sesame oil
  • Emery board
  • Nail clippers

Nail Care

Step 1

Take vitamin A, calcium supplements and vitamin B7 to prevent brittle nails. Eat a variety of healthy foods: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy products.

Step 2

Apply a strengthening formula on the nails weekly. Use a cotton ball to apply the strengthening formula if it does not have an applicator.

Step 3

Rub a micro-fine nail buffer on the nails weekly to buff them.

Step 4

Trim the nails weekly. Use an emery board to file the nails, and file in one direction.

Step 5

Dip the fingernails in a bowl of rubbing alcohol to prevent fungus infections.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Treatment

Step 1

Pour extra virgin olive oil into a bowl.

Step 2

Immerse the nails in the extra virgin olive oil.

Step 3

Massage the cuticles with the extra virgin olive oil.

Step 4

Remove your fingers from the bowl, and dry them with a towel. Repeat every evening.

Sesame Oil Treatment

Step 1

Heat a bowl of sesame oil in the microwave on low heat for at least 45 seconds.

Step 2

Immerse the nails into the sesame oil. Let the nails soak for 15 to 20 minutes.

Step 3

Remove the nails from the sesame oil.

Step 4

Use a towel to dry the nails, and let them rest so they will not break. Repeat weekly to strengthen nails.

Tips

  • Rubbing alcohol may dry nails, which will make nails crack and peel, so use extra virgin olive oil treatments, thick moisturizing lotion and sesame oil treatments to hygienically moisturize nails. After hand-washing, apply a thick moisturizer on the hands. Wear rubber gloves during chores.

Warnings

  • If acrylic nails are left on for more than three months, chances of fungal infections increase. Contact your primary care physician immediately if you notice symptoms of fungal infection such as nail discoloration, thickening or crumbling. Minimize the use of nail polish and chemicals on the nails. Replace an emery board every week, and do not share it with others.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Beth Porter has been a writer since 2008, with strong experience in early childhood education, gardening, home living and crafts. Porter is presently attending college, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in early childhood education at the University of Cincinnati.