Acrylic nails are pretty great.
There’s just one niggling issue, and that’s the removal process.
This got us thinking – surely there must be an easier, and most cost-effective, DIY option instead?
To find out, we asked Lauren LaRouge.
The woman behind one of Sydney’s top nail salons, Nailed by LaRouge, the burlesque-dancer-turned-manicurist hasn’t kept her hands acrylic-free in over nine years and knows a thing or two about keeping your nails looking fabulous without the damage.
So get a bottle of acetone nail polish remover handy, because here’s what she had to say.
Do acrylic nails damage your natural nail?
While acrylics get a bad rep for damaging the nails, Lauren says the trauma comes from incorrect application and removal. From excessive filing to forcing the acrylic off, these are all things that can gradually damage your precious talons, which lead to flaky, brittle nails.
Alternatively, the manicurist says investing patiently removing your nails at home can be a less damaging than the in-salon option.
“I would say 95 per cent, 98 per cent [of salons], rip the nail off,” she says.
“They do it because it’s quicker to do that than sitting there and soaking the nail off.”
“If you’re using force to remove the acrylic layer of the nail, it’s going to do damage. There’s no way to avoid it when you’re pulling it apart.”
Instead, she recommends this nail-friendlier technique.
For the non-fussy nail art lover, we’ve got some simple manicure ideas from DARE nails.
How do you remove acrylic nails at home?
Although it’s an easy process, it does take time and things can get messy, she warns.