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How do you keep sculptured acrylic nails looking clean and neat under the free edge?

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How do you keep sculptured acrylic nails looking clean and neat under the free edge?

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How do you keep sculptured acrylic nails looking clean and neat under the free edge? My clients like to let their natural nails grow out with the acrylic so I just use a drill bit to file it smooth and remove any stains. Unfortunately, this makes the nail more porous and it absorbs dirt more easily. I have tried applying glue or using a clear sealer, but these eventually just flake off.

Nancy King: There are several options:

1)      I have had some success with wrapping the wet acrylic around the free edge and underneath it, then thinning out the acrylic underneath (but not filing into the nail itself) using an electric file. For home care, the client can dip her nails in an effervescent denture cleaner and scrub them with a nail brush or toothbrush once or twice a week.

2)      You can do what is called an “underfill” with white acrylic. This is where you add a thin layer of white acrylic under the free edge and shine it as you would the top of a pink and white overlay. If you use an electric file to get a great shine and very smooth surface, it will stay clean underneath. These must be “backfilled,” so to speak, when they grow out.

 

3)      You can have the client use nail bleach or peroxide and a nail brush or toothbrush several times a week under the nails to keep them clean. Since some clients want maintenance-free nails, you need to know your client before suggesting this one. Remember that natural nails tend to curl under each time they get wet and then begin to dry out. Have your clients apply oil to the undersides of their nails daily (whether they wear acrylic or not) to help minimize this.

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Containing pores or openings that will cause lower strength; polymers used in the nail industry are all classified as non-porous.
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