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Basic instruction for acrylic nails

Well-groomed hands are an essential part of an attractive appearance. But the nails in particular are often exposed to great stress and the natural nails are not always strong enough to wear them a little longer.

In this case, artificial nails can help, which often also form the basis for a fancy nail design.

There are different types of artificial nails, for example made of gel or fiberglass. Another very popular shape are acrylic nails and the most important information and basic instructions for acrylic nails can be found below:

Some information about acrylic nails in advance

The roots of the procedure used for acrylic nails lie in dental technology. In the USA, the process was discovered for nail modeling and even though the materials have been continuously developed, the basic technology has not changed. The modeling of acrylic nails is based on a technique in which acrylic in powder form is combined with liquid acrylic.

Liquid acrylic is a monomer and therefore a chemical compound made up of reactive, but not linked, molecules. Acrylic powder, as a polymer, is a chemical compound made up of similar, interconnected molecules. These two ingredients are mixed together with a brush and then applied directly to the nails. In contrast to gel nails, where the applied substance has to harden under a UV lamp, the chemical compound in acrylic nails ensures that the nails dry and harden by themselves without any additional treatment.

A big plus point of acrylic nails is that they are very resistant, hard and stable. In addition, acrylic nails, which are sometimes also called porcelain nails, can be modeled thinner than gel nails, which then also makes them look more natural. Another advantage is that the acrylic coating can be easily removed again with acetone. One disadvantage is that acrylic nails do not grow with the natural nail.

Depending on the nail growth, the nails must therefore be filled about every two to six weeks. Another small minus point is the smell that arises when mixing and applying the components and is sometimes perceived as unpleasant.

Basic instruction for acrylic nails

Acrylic nails are available in almost every nail salon and, in terms of price, are often a bit cheaper than gel nails. In order for acrylic nails to look beautiful, even and natural, some experience is required, but with the help of appropriate sets for home use, the nails can also be modeled yourself.

The basic instructions are divided into the following steps:

1.
First of all, the hands and nails must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. This is very important because it avoids infections and the acrylic nails hold better. After disinfecting, the natural nail should not be touched if possible.

2.
Depending on the length, the natural nail is first shortened a little, because it must by no means protrude more than 2mm. Then the nail is matted with the buffer and lightly roughened, but of course without damaging the surface of the natural nail.

3.
The sanding dust is best removed with a dust brush. Then a cleaner is used that cleans the natural nail again and removes any remaining grease residues.

4.
A so-called primer, which is an adhesion promoter, is now applied to the natural nail. Then the template is created. To do this, the template is placed on the finger so that the tip of the nail lies on the template. The stencil is glued together to a point at the front and the stencil is placed around the finger on the sides.

5.
Now the actual nail modeling can begin. To do this, the brush is first dipped into the liquid and then into the clear acrylic powder. This creates a ball about the size of a pea at the tip of the brush. This ball is completely distributed, on the one hand on the natural nail and on the other up to the desired length of the artificial nail on the template. In between, the brush is repeatedly dipped into the liquid in order to clean it in this way.

6.
Once the first layer has dried, the brush is first dipped into the liquid and then into the white acrylic powder. This is used to model the nail tip, i.e. the part of the artificial nail that is on the template.

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When the nail tip is also dry, the liquid and pink acrylic powder are picked up with the brush. This mixture is applied to the back of the nail, i.e. the natural nail up to the white French line.

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Now there is one last layer, this time again with clear acrylic powder. However, it is important here to level out any unevenness immediately, because it is difficult to remove them later. Once the last layer has been applied, the brush is cleaned in liquid and then placed horizontally to dry.

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Once the acrylic nail has dried, the template is removed. With the help of a so-called zebra file, which has a thickness of 100/100, the acrylic nail is filed into shape.

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Now the nail is getting its finishing touch. To do this, the surface is first smoothed with a buffer and then cleaned with the cleaner. A four-sided polishing block is then used. Polish the nail with the grainiest side, then continue with the next softer grains. Once the nail has been polished with all four sides of the polishing block, it is done.

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Subject: Basic Instructions for Acrylic Nails

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The two artists and painters RZA & Feryal (Christian Gülcan & Ferya Gülcan) write here. Both built in 1974, with partly different beginnings (grafitti, drawing & design) in acrylic painting. We are the brand owner of the art blacksmith kooZal and mainly paint modern and abstract acrylic paintings in large format. Our own studio or atelier is located in Bremen.