Acrylic nails have been around for ages. Whether you sat down for the lengthy process to look picture perfect for your prom or to flaunt the perfect mani in a wedding party, these artificial nail enhancements are a rite of passage for so many women.
“Good-looking” nails aside, nail artist and industry expert Jessica Washick believes a lot of individuals still wear acrylics because they provide “a quick fix to achieve a temporary nail goal.” This may include increasing strength, adding length or repairing splits or gaps. But at what cost to the overall health and condition of your nails?
We asked Washick and board-certified dermatologist/nail specialist Dana Stern to break down the potential hazards of acrylic nails. Read on to find out what we learned, and why you should probably reconsider getting acrylics the next time you’re at the nail salon.
What exactly are acrylic nails?
According to Stern, acrylic nails are a combination of a liquid monomer and a powder polymer that creates a hard protective layer over your natural nails. She adds, “The acrylics harden from exposure to air. The material is transparent and a nail polish is applied after.” Read more