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Acrylic nails are all the rage in the beauty industry, and just about anyone with fine vision can see this. But are acrylic nails harmful? How much do acrylic nails actually cost? Here's a look at all the facts.
While every salon claims to know the exact amount of how much do acrylic nails cost, it's probably fair to say most don't. Since this isn't an industry that's regulated like traditional nail salons are, prices and services vary widely from salon to salon. In addition, many salons offer a variety of gimmicky packages which can factor into the final price but include not only the gel nails but cuticle oils and other products not usually found in a nail spa. When it comes right down to it though, if you're shopping for artificial nails, your best option is usually to go with a salon that offers an upfront cost for the nails. This way, you're guaranteed to get your desired results in a timely manner and with minimal stress.
If you're shopping for the full set, the same basic rule applies as with salons: Acrylic nails usually cost more. The full set usually includes cuticle oil, primer, adhesive, top coat, and if your choice offers it, a color. With the full set, you'll likely pay upwards of $100, with prices varying from salon to salon. The price you pay for your artificial nails doesn't include the cost of manicure, polish, or application tools, which can be quite expensive. So the bottom line is, if you don't have a full set at your fingertips, you may want to go with a cheaper nail tech to get your looks at the level you desire.
As with most things in life, the quality of service you receive is one of the key factors when it comes to getting acrylic nails done professionally. You should always ask about a technician's experience and training before agreeing to have them perform the procedure on your nails. You should also inquire about certifications. While certification isn't required by any state in the United States or Canada, it's highly advisable to have it to make sure you're getting the best possible service. Most manicure technicians will have at least a year and a half worth of training and experience in their field. They'll also most likely be certified through a professional body such as the American Society of Cosmetic Artists or the Associated Professional Nail Technicians.
Acrylic nails can come in two basic shapes: The standard square shape and the oval shape. The square shape is usually referred to as "pinkie" due to its generally pinkish hue. The oval shape is often referred to as "tea" due to its gold-brown color. Both of these types of nails can be colored however you prefer. Many people have theirs done using different colored base coat, then top coat applied to both sides to give it that perfect look.
After having your acrylics applied, you should expect to let them heal for at least one to three weeks. During this time, they'll be growing slowly but should eventually look perfectly healthy and natural. If you want your nails to look even faster, you may want to apply a top coat during the first week and use regular maintenance every two weeks thereafter. Don't worry about getting "perfect," because even your first couple nails won't be perfect. Your goal is just to get started!