How Long Do Acrylic Nails Really Last?

Acrylic nails are chemically enhanced nail coatings that when applied hardens to form a protective layer or an extension of your natural nails. It is made up different chemicals that harden when exposed to air. This then becomes a very effective canvas for various nail art and polishes to give your nails a shiny and glossy look.

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Acrylic Nails: How Long It Lasts?

Since acrylics are a mix of chemicals, the question is how long do acrylic nails last?

The answer ranges for everyone differently. It all comes down to how good you can take care of your acrylic nails. On average, these acrylic nails last for up to about 2 to 3 months with filing and buffing every 2 to 3 weeks.

Applying acrylics is easier than maintaining them. This is simply because of your natural nail growth. The growth of your natural nails will create gaps between the acrylic and the root of your nail bed so it is necessary to fix them from time to time.

Here is an infographic on how long acrylic nails last.

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Damaging Acrylic Nails

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Acrylic nails are prone to damage too. Since mostly, acrylics are applied as an extension to your natural nails, they can be a bit brittle and susceptible to damage.

They can be easily damaged by doing common household chores or working out at the gym. When these damages occur, it is necessary to file and fix your acrylic nails to give them a chance to last longer.


How To Remove Acrylic Nails Without Any Damage


How to prolong acrylic nails with maintenance

Maintaining is still easier than removing your heavily damaged acrylic nails and re-applying them. Therefore filing and filing your nails every 2 to 3 weeks is a must to lengthen the life of your acrylic nails. It also helps to keep your hands moisturized most of the times through the day.

Watch the below video on acrylic nails to get some really interesting info:

Moisture helps against scuffing and light damage and also makes your acrylics look shinier. So if you are new to acrylic nails or thinking about applying them, now you know how long they last.

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