(Closed) Breaking up with acryllic nails

posted 4 years ago in Beauty
Post # 16
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I second the gel, but I’d look into a brand that doesn’t require buffing or sanding the nail (which obviously would thin it out more). I use Bio Seaweed Gel, and their base requires no sanding or buffing at all. They’re also much, much easier to remove than other gels I’ve tried (it claims to be a 5 minute soak-off, it’s more like 10-15, but still no buffing away the polish and damaging your nail). Your nail tech really should have never been filing your gel polish off to that extent.

Post # 17
13665 posts
Honey Beekeeper

TBH, I’d find another nail place. No one around here will touch the acrylics anymore. And nicking your cuticle multiple times is not okay or professional. 

I alternate between gel and long lasting polish. With gel nails, they are soaked off, with no need for sanding. There’s a minimal amount of scraping, but the polish pretty much slides off. They have not used UV in a long time. The newer machines use LED light to cure. 

Your hands should be protected with sunscreen or special gloves even with LED, and you should not do back to back gel. I try to alternate with Vinylux or similar. It’s a regular polish that drys naturally and lasts a full week. 

Post # 18
366 posts
Helper bee

Without acrylics, I would probably eat my fingers (yes, I’m a biter and it’s bad).


Post # 19
2761 posts
Sugar bee

I’ve never done acrylics so I can’t comment on that, but I can say as a former regular gel user, those made my nails really thin and brittle too and I hated the upkeep/the fact I needed to go to the salon to remove them. What I’ve now switched to is Essie Gel Couture polish (I’m sure there are other brands that are good but I can only personally vouch for this one), which comes off with regular nail polish remover but still lasts way longer than regular nail polish. This lasts me about a week whereas regular polish chips for me within a day or two. It doesn’t have the same wearability as the UV-hardened gels, but it also doesn’t require filing and soaking to remove and I can do it at home, so repainting regularly isn’t as much of an issue. 

Post # 20
17 posts

I’m actually a nail tech… I’ve been doing them for 22 years now!  I suggest you have the acrylics removed properly by a professional because you don’t want to risk over filing your natural nails which would be extremely painful. I always tell my clients after they remove acrylics, they should use regular nail polish for at least 2 weeks and then switch to gel polish if that is what they perfer. Sometimes when you put gel polish on right away after removing acrylic, the gel polish won’t adhere as well because your nails have to get “used to” a new product.  

Also, your question about the dipping system. .. it’s pretty similar to acrylic.  Acrylic is a liquid and powder mixed together to form a mold on the nail. The dipping is very similar except the liquid part is not used. Instead, a resin (glue) is used. They paint the glue onto your nails and then you literally dip ur nail into the acrylic powder. 

Hope this helps!  

Post # 21
321 posts
Helper bee

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nelliemade :  They do have to scuff up your nails a bit for the dip. But it is UV free! They paint your nails with a base polish, dip your nails in the powder, buff it out, paint, dip, buff, repeat, and finally a top coat. The place I go to has over 500 colors. Definitely some that don’t have the glitter in them.

See if your area has a dip powder salon and try it out!

Post # 23
100 posts
Blushing bee

I went through this too…my natural nails are lovely but once I break a nail I have to cut them all down and get acrylics instead of letting them grow.

I use OPI, they do a base coat for so many different nail types. And personally, I find gel polish works with the strengthening process.

Good Luck Bee!! 


Post # 24
2552 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

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nelliemade :  I’ve never used acrylics, but back in the day when I used to use press on nails and then get annoyed and rip them off I would use Witchcraft brand nail hardener and it really seemed to make a difference.

Post # 25
304 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018 - SLS Las Vegas

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nelliemade :  I am a nail biter too and would even bite my acrylic nails! Sooo bad!

I broke up with acrylic nails about 2 years ago and only get gel polish now. But I specifically tell them not to file off the polish I have them soak it off. My nails still aren’t thick but the thickness of the gel helps me not bite them! Such a struggle!

Post # 26
1208 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2017 - Hagakyrkan

What I swear by is OPI’s Nail Envy Original. Go to your regular salon and have them soak off most of the acrylic, then filing off tips and leaving just a really thin layer over the nail bed. Don’t fill them! Then keep them constantly painted with Nail Envy (or a similar product that works for you) and short until all the nail bed has grown out.

Post # 27
276 posts
Helper bee


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nelliemade :  Yes you are right.. your nails are going to look tacky as fuck for a little bit, but theres no other way. 

I was doing acrylics for a good 10 years, and have now been acrylic free for about 8. I simply removed the acrylic (picking it off til it was gone), trimmed my nails real short, buffed them with a buffing block to remove the rough surface and started using “Starting over after artificial nails”  Its a brush on thing just like polish. It took just a couple months for the old ugly surface to grow off and voila. I have had the strongest and whitest natural nails ever since. I also take one Biotin pill a day. They grow so fast that on some weeks I have to trim them down twice!


Post # 28
4066 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

I would have them taken off professionally, and try to find someone that does IBX treatments.  I would do those for a few months and then do home products.   Make sure they are 5 free.  Bio Sculpture is one I know of that makes 5 free protein and strengthening treatments you can do yourself at home, but I am sure there are others.

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