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I've ben wearing acrylics consistently for about a year now. Believe it or not Manicure Mondays are the most popular posts on this blog and I wanted to make sure that I could consistently have uniform nails that looked presentable enough to do these posts. I eventually got tired of having them on and I especially got tired of the upkeep. So I just decided to let them all fall off so that I could start over.
If you've noticed that your nails have brown out quite a bit while having the acrylics on, don't get attached to them quite yet. Even if you remove your nails gently with acetone they'll more likely than not, be weak, brittle and will snag or peel off anyway.
After all you've removed all of your acrylics you might notice that your natural nails are heavily texture on the surface or otherwise extremely uneven. File or buff them as well as your can to even out the texture. Apply a nail strengthener or hardener to help improve the health of the natural nail. I used OPI's Nail Envy for this step but use whatever works for you.
If you're anything like me, you won't be able to stand the sight of your ugly nubs at this point. An option is to simply cover them up. Use 1-2 coats of a glitter or a holographic polish on the nails. Using a regular cream polish will only emphasize the texture that is already in the nails by settling into the fine lines. Since glitter and holographic polishes are already textured they'll disguise the those fine lines in the nails instead of bringing attention to them. In addition, when my nails are polished I'm less likely to look at them critically, pick at them or bit them. In addition the sparkles will be distracting and discouraging enough. For this I'm using Juliette holographic polish from ILNP, which is a polish I used for my V-Day manicure.
Don't forget about your cuticles! I mean you should be moisturizing your cuticles daily anyway but most of use tend to forget about that step. However when you're trying to rock short stubby, glittery nails it'll be in your best interest to have good looking cuticles. I apply oil to my cuticles30 minutes to an hour before going to bed. I like to sleep with my hands in my face (I know weird) and I don't want to get oil all over myself. Then I'll use any kind of lotion or hand cream right before bed to seal in the moisture from the oil as well as hydrate the entire hand. I try to moisturize my cuticles at work too, once before lunch and once after. For this I just use what's left of my Smith's Rosebud Salve because it's something I already had on hand. I apply a healthy coat of the salve to each cuticle. After waiting 5-10 minutes I apply lotion or a hand cream.
I noticed that I would have to get a fill once every two or three weeks so that's when I would expect to see noticeable growth, provided nothing has gone terribly wrong. If you want to speed up the growth process, maybe look into a supplement like biotin or a prenatal. But consult a doctor first.
Besides the Nail Envy and the Holo polish I don't really use anything fancy. Just use whatever you have around.
If you have any suggestions for me on this nail care routine I'd love to know about them in the comments. Or if you think I should stop kidding myself and go back to acrylics for the rest of my life I'd like to know that as well. Maybe.
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