Acrylic extensions are a great way to add length and durability to your tips. Unfortunately, once removed, they can also comprise the integrity of your natural nails, leading to brittleness, breakage and peeling. So how can you nurse your natural nails back to health? Follow these five easy steps to get your nails back on track.
1- Proper removal is key.
Nothing will damage your natural nails faster than improper removal. Always have a professional remove your acrylics. Most professionals will first trim your nails, buff down the acrylic and then have you soak your nails in acetone. The acetone will break down the acrylic, which can then be removed with an orangewood stick.
2- Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
Soaking your nails in acetone will leave your nails and the skin around your nails very dry. Make sure to lather up with hand lotion and cuticle oil multiple times throughout the day.
3-Top It Off.
Apply a nail strengthener, such as CND RescueRXX, daily. This treatment is packed with keratin protein and jojoba oil to help reduce peeling and white spots, and restore moisture back to the nail plate.
4- Eat up.
Load up on protein- and iron-rich foods to help stimulate nail growth, such as meat, salmon, spinach, broccoli and Brazil nuts.
5-Take a breather.
Take at least a week off from lacquer and gel polish. After about a week or so, your nails should feel stronger and more durable. Stick to this routine to enhance your natural nails, and, if desired, get a gel mani to help nails grow quickly.