Side Effects of Acrylics Nails

acxrylicsFor Christmas I got a voucher to have my nails done at the local mall. Without thinking I ran down and had them done. The other night I was searching the net about nails and came across about the side effects of acrylics if done wrong.

Does anyone know if Elite Nails is a salon that uses the mma chemicals? I’ve had my nails done before but they never wore a mask, but this place did. Should I be worried?

As long as your not having a reaction around the acrylics-redness, itchiness, any discomfort, then they probably didn’t use the MMA. I’m told it has a nauseous, fruity smell. I never could smell it since most acrylic nail salons smell horrible anyway! The masks are more for filtering dust then protecting the technicians from MMA.

Just know that you’re going to have to go every 2 weeks for fill-ins, forever. This isn’t something you really want to do off and on. Your own nails will be ruined. Take it from somebody who has been there and done it, it’s not worth destroying your own nails over.

I’ve had my nails done for years now, and I’ve never had a problem with my nails being thin or anything like everyone on here has talked about. It may have to do with I don’t keep them on for long periods of time usually 2 months or so and I have mine removed. I didn’t notice any smell other than the usually smell from the acrylics.

Acrylics have nearly ruined my own nails. I tried for 5 years to find ANYONE who had a clue about what they were doing from first application to fill-ins to removal-no such luck. My own nails were ruined layer by layer each time.

Every time I had them removed or removed them myself-because I had lost all trust in anyone else like a nail technician to do it pain free. I took off one more layer. No matter how gentle you are with removing them, you still have to file and use acetone to actually start over. I was just sick and tired of it all. I’m done with the fakes. it’s all me now and it feels good.

Is there any way of removing the nails at home without any harsh chemicals and without doing very much damage to my own nail? I’ve had my nails for approximately 1 month. I like them but I am in a financial crunch and can’t afford to keep going for the fill ins. HELP ME PLEASE!

Acetone1The ONLY WAY to remove acrylic nails is with acetone polish remover. Don’t “pop” them off or you will lose layers of your own nail or worse. you have to soak them and soak them and the acrylic will become soft. You can do it at home very safely and there is nothing else that works for removing them.


If you really want to know the best way let me know and I will tell you. I’ve done it more times than I care to count and I’m done doing it! Your own nails will be weak underneath but they will survive.

I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind sharing with me how you remove your nails and how long do you have to soak them for?

I certainly will! First you need pure acetone, a small glass bowl, a slightly larger plastic bowl and a file.

  1. Fill the glass bowl with enough acetone to cover the acrylics and set it over into the plastic bowl which you have filled with enough warm water to warm the acetone in the glass container. Acetone is very cold without warming it up first and warm seems to work “quicker”. Soaking can take as long as 10 to 20 minutes per nail.
  2. Soak for a few minutes and then take an orange stick and gently push on the acrylic to see if it’s softened up enough to start gently scraping layers off. As soon as you take them out of the acetone they will start hardening up so you have to move quickly. The longer you soak, the softer they will become.
  3. Do one at a time and as much as you want to “pop” them off just know that if you do you will lose layers of your own natural nail and your fingers will be incredibly sore afterwards.

It’s strong glue that holds them on. It takes time and patience to do this. Acrylics are a combination of chemicals and plastic and take a while to remove. When your done moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Your nail beds will very dehydrated.

Your nails will recover but it might take a few months. Acrylics are incredibly damaging to our natural nails and shouldn’t be thought of as something you can put on and remove every few months. If you want to wear acrylics then have them put on and keep them on for good, if not then don’t do it. I wish you luck and if you have any more questions please ask.