Yes, I am starting another lifestyle column, this time something on beauty with hair and makeup artist/stylist Sharmaine Oddoye. Check out the debut post on Acrylic Nails – Do’s & Don’ts:
I love me some long nails! I currently rocking some acrylic nails on most of the time, and no it does not mean that ‘I do not work at home’ or I am idle or I have no real job (and other Ghanaian myths about women having long nails). It just means I like having long nails end of story.
That being said, I just wanted to give you a little warning. When you are wearing your acrylic nails, please be extremely careful around doors and hitting them on stuff. I had a little accident about two weeks ago, I slammed one of my nails in the door and the acrylic split down the middle. Luckily, it wasn’t a heavy slam and so I was able to recover my nail. I just had to wait about two weeks before I could go back and fix the nail. This meant a lot of ‘plaster’ and ugly hands And yes there was bloooooooooood and some pain but it is okay, it is a part of life. (Photos here: http://makeupbysharms.com/post/90552246785/acrylicnails)
So as i said, I like to provide solutions to problems on this blog and so I would like to give you a few tips and tricks to help with your acrylic life
1. When removing your artificial nails, make sure that you know how to do it properly, since it can be difficult and painful. Or if you’re not so sure about your skills, have a reliable salon’s professional do it to avoid causing harm and infection to your natural nails. Please desist from pulling/biting them off yourself at home. This will peel off your own nail.
2. Keep your nails as dry as possible. You don’t want your acrylic overlays lifting, which is exactly what happens if your hands and nails are constantly wet. To keep your overlays from lifting, try: Wear rubber gloves when doing household chores to protect your nails. This way, the water/soaps/bleach/chemicals will not wear the acrylic away.
3.Do not bite or cut your acrylic nails your self at home with a weak nail clipper because these can cause shattering, and eventually cause damage to your natural nail plate.Make sure you go back to the salon an get them filed.
4. Do not forget that acrylic nails can cause fungal infections if they are put over unhealthy nails, wet nails or nails that are already infected.
5.Do not use your acrylics to open cans, prise apart frozen bread or anything else that puts them at risk of breaking. Artificial nails are hard, so it can be tempting to use them like tools. Avoid the temptation. You could rip off an artificial nail by doing something as simple as using the nail to open a flip-top can.
6.As your natural nails grow, gaps appear between the artificial nails and natural nails. Fills are necessary every 2 to 3 weeks. This helps keep nails attractive and prevent problems like infections.
Hope this helps! Until next week, you can browse through makeupbysharms.com for endless beauty tips & tricks