Ugh, your thin, brittle nail just broke again, didn’t it?
Have your nails been peeling like crazy?
Or are your nails just so weak that they can’t grow, period?
Okay girl, today we’re gonna get real. I’m gonna let you in on this deep dark secret of mine: My natural nails are the saddest, weakest things I ever did see. Alright alright, so maybe that’s not a terribly deep secret, but if you have brittle nails too ya feel me.
Ever since I was little, my nails have always been short. Seriously, the second they grow past the tip of my finger they fold back or just plain break–which kills like no other! And because my nails are so weak and break easily, you can bet yo’ bottom dollar that I picked at them like crazy. And sadly, this probably did not help them in the strength department. But if you’re a nail picker (or even biter) you know the struggle to avoid messing with your nails!
A couple months ago, I hopped back on the nail polish train. For a while, I was doing really well at not picking my nails and they were actually growing (holllaaaa). However, it seemed like the second one nail broke, they were all gone ): Once this happened, it seemed as if my nails could not get their strength back. After complaining to my mom for ever and ever, she finally recommended I test out acrylic nails. I didn’t even have to think about this for more than 2 seconds before I decided I would get them done the next day and have not looked back.
I have had acrylic nails for about 3 months now. And let me tell you, I am in LOVE! There seriously is nothing better and more convenient than having nails that look super gorg all the time and not have to worry about them chipping in a couple days. During this time, I learned the ins and outs of most of what comes along with the territory. Because I was such a newb when it came to acrylics, I had a lot to learn. So naturally, I will teach you what I have learned about acrylic nails now that I am a little more experienced (:
Tip 1: Know what you are getting into
Guys guys guys. Prior to getting acrylic nails, I did not fully understand the amount of upkeep they could require. Yeah, my mom told me that I would need to get fills about every other week. However, I didn’t realize how much my nails grew until they really (and I mean really) needed a touch up. Ever since starting this acrylic nail journey, I have been in the nail salon every other week religiously.
Along with the time commitment, also be prepared to spend the money. For my nails, it’s about $30 per week (with the tip), so I spend about $60 every month, give or take a little. Because my nails are so sad, I am perfectly okay with shelling out this cash. I actually have it allotted in my budget (; But some people might not be okay with they consistent fee, so make sure you are aware of this.
Tip 2: Do your research on nail salons
Just like any other service, you wouldn’t just walk into the place before doing your research, right? Same goes for nail salons. Because truth is, they are not all the same. If you are planning on getting acrylic nails, definitely take some time scouring review sites, like Yelp, to see what other people in your area think about salons. While reading, I do take some reviews with a grain of salt, like the random awful or wonderful one when all the others are the opposite.
It also doesn’t hurt to ask any of the ladies you know who get their nails done where they go. I always always always value their opinions more than randos reviewing online.
Tip 3: Don’t settle
When you get your hair cut and aren’t satisfied, you quite possibly ask your hairdresser to make an adjustment. So why should your nails be the same? My view on this is that I’m paying for and will be wearing these for the next two weeks, so you better believe I will walk out of the salon happy. I never have a problem asking my nail tech to file a certain nail a little more, make them a little shorter, or even just making my nails more even. As long as you ask nicely (which I’m sure all you lovely ladies would do) your nail tech won’t have any problem making sure your happy with your experience. Because, after all, they want you to come back to them as a recurring customer!
Tip 4: Know some lingo
It really helped me to know some of the nail lingo prior to getting my nails done. I think I would have felt pretty self conscious if I walked into the salon and didn’t even know how to describe what I wanted. So, let’s make a little dictionary for some basic nail terminology!
Full set: A full set is when you are getting all of your nails covered with acrylic nails. Typically, you only need a full set when you are just starting your nail journey/ haven’t had acrylics for a while.
Fill: Your “fill” is like your touch up. About every 2 to 3 weeks, you will need to hit up the salon to have a nail tech “fill in” the gap where your nail has grown between your acrylic nail and cuticle.
For my shape, I have opted for the rounded square. I like that the corners are subtle and not super sharp.
PS: I’m so so so proud of this graphic because I did it all by myself! Soooo if you like it to, you should def hit that “pin it” button 😉
Tip 5: Your acrylic nails are not tools
Oh this is definitely the rule that I continue to struggle with… Once I had long, strong nails I thought I could do anything with them. Boy was I wrong! The last time I went to get my nails filled was the only time I have ever been to the salon without a broken nail. Yeah, it’s easy for the nail tech to fix, but it kills like no other!! Not to mention your nail looks like utter shit until you can squeeze in an appointment.
Are you considering getting acrylics in the near future?! I’d love for you to let me know what kind of shape you would get!!