Can You Have Short Acrylic Nails?

Reviewed on 2/26/2021

Yes, you can have short acrylic nails.
Yes, you can have short acrylic nails.

Yes, you can have short acrylic nails. Acrylic nails have gained the reputation of being extremely long and difficult to manage. You can, however, also opt for short acrylic nails. Short acrylic nails can add to the beauty and strength of your nails without the problems that come with long nails. Various options are available to design your nails in a chic yet minimalistic way with acrylic nails.

Some people think that your natural nails have to be a certain length to get acrylic nails. The truth is you can get acrylic nails even when your natural nails are short. If, however, your natural nails are damaged or diseased, you must postpone the idea of getting a nail art with acrylic nails till your nails are healthy again.

What are acrylic nails?

Acrylic nails also called fake or artificial nails are a type of nail enhancements made by layering a liquid acrylic compound with acrylic powder. The combination is bonded to the natural nail and shaped as desired with special tools. Acrylic nails add length, strength, thickness, and of course beauty to the nails. They also make your fingers look long and slender. Acrylic nails have been in use for decades. They have become tremendously popular in recent years because of being donned by several celebrities and Instagram influencers. Acrylic nails have taken the fashion industry by storm because people can achieve gorgeous designs and shapes by using them. Moreover, they are quite durable as well.

How long do acrylic nails last?

Acrylic nails generally last for about 5-8 weeks. The duration varies depending on your nail growth and the care taken after getting acrylic nails. It is usually recommended to go for a touch-up or fill every 2-3 weeks. A fill enhances the appearance of the manicure besides helping acrylic nails last longer. Regular fills avoid the lifting that may occur when your nails start growing. Certain precautions can help your acrylic nails last longer. These include wearing gloves while doing chores such as cleaning and the regular use of cuticle oil, moisturizers, and hydrating nail cream.

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Do acrylic nails damage your natural nails?

Artificial nails, including acrylic nails, can be harsh on your nails. Before binding the acrylic nails, the surface of your natural nails is made rough by filing them. This can be damaging, especially when you have soft, brittle, or unhealthy nails. Your nails become weaker with repeated filing. Furthermore, the chemicals used to attach acrylic nails can cause allergy and irritation to the skin around the nails. If unclean instruments are used in the process, there can also be a risk of infections. Frequent touch-ups or fills are needed to make the acrylic nails last longer. The frequent fills can further make your nails more dry, brittle, and thin. Even their removal can be damaging. For removal, you may have to soak your nails in acetone. It can irritate and dehydrate your skin and nails. Some stylists may go for filing or drilling to remove acrylic nails. This can damage your natural nails. Moreover, acrylic nails may lift as your nail grows, leaving a tiny gap between the artificial and natural nails. This place can be a heaven for bacteria and fungus to grow. Thus, it is better to avoid acrylic nails or have them reserved only for rare, special occasions.

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References
https://www.aad.org/public/everyday-care/nail-care-secrets/basics/pedicures/reduce-artificial-nail-damage

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/acrylic-nails/faq-20057849

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