My Acrylic Nails: Experience & Tips!

I am so excited to be finally writing this post! Ever since I started getting acrylics last summer, I’ve wanted to blog all about them. So today I’m finally getting to it!

I’m going to section off this post into categories so I don’t ramble on. πŸ˜‰ So let’s tackle the first one.

EXPERIENCE.

I have had a really good experience with acrylics. I’m sure there are horror stories out there and people saying they’ll never get them because they’re harmful and blah blah. I have to admit this is what kept me from getting acrylics for quite a while – just the whole stigma that my nails would be forever ruined and get infected. But finally I just wanted to try them and figured it couldn’t be that dramatic, and went in to get them done. I was immediately hooked!

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My sister and I’s first acrylics: mine are the greyish-purple on the right!

The first color I chose, shown above, I wore to a beach trip with my sister. They held up through the entire vacation and even though it wasn’t a super beachy color, I loved how they looked!

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I had decided when I first got them that I wanted a mid-length almond shape that was a tiny bit more pointed than the typical oval. I’m glad I went with that because it ended up being perfect for my nail type!

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I loved this darker color, it was a deep maroon!

My sister had her nails occasionally chip or break off, but I never had so much as a tiny chip. I think this really depends on your day-to-day, because acrylics are really strong. My job basically involves a lot of typing, so it’s not that intense on my nails. However, my sister’s job was a lot of lifting and sorting and more hands-on, so her nails were under more stress throughout the day. So that’s something to keep in mind!

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As far as adjusting, this really depends on the length you choose. I’ve always naturally had short nails, so jumping from that to long acrylics was a STRUGGLE at first. Buttoning shirts or grabbing small things like zippers or paperclips was almost impossible until I got used to the longer nails being in the way. Typing of any sort, on my phone or on a keyboard, was also an ordeal until my fingers adjusted.

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Gold nails – probably my favorite color I’ve ever gotten!

Overall, I’ve been really happy with my acrylics and I’ve always had a great experience with them. I know everyone is different, but if you’ve been wanting to try them – just do it! They can always be removed. And then you’ll know if you prefer them or not. I certainly ended up obsessed with them and they really work for me. πŸ™‚

Tips & Advice.

There are definitely a few things I learned that are important (in my opinion) when considering getting acrylics as well as consistently keeping them.

First, I would say to research! The things I looked into were salons, salon reviews, different pricing, and different nail shapes.Β I’m a planner, so I love to be prepared. πŸ˜‰

I think it’s good to know exactly what you want before going in, because they’re going to try to convince you to buy certain things or get a different shape or use a polish that’s pricier. Knowing your own mind in a salon is key, so that when they push different things at you, you’re not distracted into getting something you don’t like. This also avoids wasting money!

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My gold nails when I was in Las Vegas last October!

Second, make sure you have the time and money to invest in keeping up with acrylics. At the first salon I went to, it cost $45 total to start them (that was with tip included). And then it’s standard to go back every two weeks to get a fill. Fills cost me $35 totalΒ (tip included) each time. So at that salon, my nails cost around $80 total the first month, and then $70 each month going forward.

Of course, pricing will vary depending on your area and the salon you choose, as well as what percentage you tip. I always tip above average because if I’m going to become a regular and go to one person,Β I like to establish aΒ good relationship with my nail tech.

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Lastly, find the salon that’s a perfect fitΒ for you. I can’t stress this one enough! The first salon I went to ended up being a very uncomfortable and unpleasant environment, and it got to the point where I was dreading each appointment. Try different places until you find one that you feel comfortable in, enjoy the people, and look forward to your appointments.

 

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Nails & Coffee πŸ™‚

 

I think that’s everything I wanted to cover in this post! I love having acrylics and I definitely plan on keeping them.

If you want to hear more, you can watch my youtube video that went live today! I talk a bit more about my thoughts on acrylics and go into more detail about my bad nail salon story.

 

I hope you have an amazing weekend!

xoxo,

Blair

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