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How bad are Acrylic Nails?

Let's face it - acrylic nails are a great option for many women - but how bad are acrylic nails really?

If you have ever struggled to grow your nails to a reasonable length to showcase some stunning nail polish designs, then acrylics will give you that opportunity. However there has been some bad press about the harmful effects of acrylic nails. So we have put together an overview article to help our readers make up their own minds about acrylic nails.

The Benefits of Acrylic Nails

Let's take a look at why you acrylic nails are winning girl's hearts.


There is nothing more frustrating than getting some newly polished nails professionally done, and then you look down to see that you have a scratch or chip on the nail. Acrylic nails are known for their strength.

This is especially beneficial for those of you who suffer from weak and brittle nails.


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This feature is similar to the above benefit. Not only do acrylic nails look great fresh out of the salon, they will be looking great for weeks after.

They are generally more durable than your natural nails due to the quality of materials that the acrylic nails are made out of. Which means they will endure a bit more rough treatment in your day to day routine. Of course we do have to say that you can't go around prying cans open with them, but they will survive an occasional knock here or there.


Acrylic nails are perfect for those times you feel like getting a unique or intricate nail art design. The reason is because you can see what you are going to get BEFORE you begin as it is already there waiting to be glued to your nails. This means no more waiting for the layer upon layer of polish to dry and be sealed in under the lights.

Is there anything that you need to worry about Acrylic Nails?


Close up of shiny hot pink acrylic nails and a bottle of magenta glitter.

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In order to get those acrylics to bond to your nails, some strong adhesives are required. It is these adhesives and bonding agents that generally contain the harsh chemicals and strong smells you associate with salons.

Some of these chemicals are so strong, that some women can have allergic reactions and react in different ways.


Another potential issue that can occur as a result of acrylic nails is during the removal process. Due to the strength of these bonding agents, it can pull your natural nail away from your finger. This allows opportunity for bacteria to enter the nail cavity and potential for infections.

Once infection sets in, it can prove to be a nuisance to get rid of (especially if it is under the nail itself). Moreover, not only is the infection uncomfortable and painful, it can also affect the health and appearance of your nail.

Side effects

Getting her nails painted

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Even though the smell is not unfamiliar to those who frequent salons on a regular basis, when you are having acrylic nails applied to your own fingers, the intensity of the smell can become overwhelming. Some of our community members have even experienced nausea or dizziness.


Hopefully by now you know where you stand on the acrylic nail debate. Acrylic nails look and feel fantastic with their strength and durability, however it can come at a cost with potential for infections and side effects.

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If you have any questions about acrylic nails, please feel free to leave a comment below and we will reach out to our wonderful community to get the answer for you.

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