How to Care for Your Acrylic Nails

Is there any better feeling in the world than walking out of SONO with a fresh set of acrylic nails? A skilled nail tech can work magic, transforming short natural nails into a perfectly elegant, well-shaped manicure. Unfortunately, nothing is ever permanent, and acrylics require some consistent upkeep.


While the work of a talented nail technician won’t break quickly, biweekly salon visits are a must. However, is there anything else you can do to make sure your nails stay gorgeous until your next fill?


Baby Your Nails!

The number one rule of acrylics is to treat them gently. This means you’ve got a bit of permission to act like a diva—avoid opening cans or doing other things that could damage or break your nails. Believe us, a separated acrylic can be super painful.


Consider Top Coat Applications

Getting gel polish over your acrylic nails is a bit pricier, but it can really extend the lifetime of your manicure. If you opt for the regular polish, ask your nail tech about applying top coat.


Never Pretend to Be a Nail Tech

If you ARE a licensed nail tech, this doesn’t apply for you. For the rest of you who haven’t been trained, don’t try anything complicated at home. This includes trying to clip your acrylic nails, fix serious lifts or breaks, or even doing your own fill. Trust us, it’s not a good idea.

In the absolute worst case scenario, if you accidentally trap bacteria between your acrylic and nail when trying to fix a major nail lift with nail glue, you could cause a painful infection. When in doubt, it’s always wisest to head straight back to SONO.


Wear Gloves

Exposure to water, dish detergent, and other cleaning chemicals can cause your acrylics to lift, separate, or become weakened. Limited exposure to water is fine, but you should protect your hands with gloves if you’re ever going to be scrubbing away.


Avoid Acetone

Certain chemicals do not mix well with acrylics, and acetone nail polish remover is definitely one of them. Talk to your nail tech to be certain, but it’s typically wise to visit SONO for a polish change. 



Use Vitamin E

Dry cuticles and hands can be common, especially if you have skin that’s prone to dryness or you’re in cold climate conditions. We recommend using vitamin E oil or shea butter on your skin up to once a day, depending on dryness. However, for most people, one application per week should be sufficient. You can also get cuticle cream that contains vitamin E. You should not attempt this treatment if you have a separated acrylic, because getting lotion between your natural nail and acrylic could lead to issues.


Develop Healthy Habits

Did you know that drinking enough water and eating a well-balanced diet could actually help you maintain a gorgeous manicure? If you have naturally thin or weak nails, it could be worth a conversation with your doctor about supplements to encourage nail strength and growth.


Pick the Right Shape and Length

The right nail shape and length can go a long way in flattering your hands. Almond, oval, and coffin-shaped nails can elongate short or thick fingers. When choosing the shape of your acrylic nails, it’s wise to be up-front with your nail technician about your lifestyle. Do you do tons of housework? Cooking? Dishes? Not everyone is a candidate for super-long acrylics, and that’s okay. It’s better to choose slightly more conservative shape or length than deal with constant breakages. In addition, if you realize between salon visits that your nails are just TOO LONG, it’s wise to head straight back in and get them filed down.


Get Fills, for Goodness Sakes

The single most important thing you need to do to maintain a healthy, attractive manicure is maintenance. Your nails need to be filled every two weeks! If you don’t have time for upkeep, it may be wise to take a short break from acrylics. Otherwise, make sure you’re putting in the time to maintain your mani. Caring for acrylics requires a shift in habits, to protect your hands from excessive moisture or damage. With our help at SONO, you can make gorgeous acrylics a regular part of your lifestyle.