Getting acrylic nails has become increasingly popular over the years, but the hype has also come with enough myths to drive any good nail tech crazy! Were here to bust some of them for you.

MYTH: Acrylic nails need to breathe.

BUSTED: As nails do not have lungs, they dont have the ability to absorb air in through the nail plate. Nails deliver and remove the necessary oxygen and nutrients from the blood stream.

MYTH: Acrylic nails are heavier, therefore causing your nail underneath to get thinner.

BUSTED: Your nail matrix – the tissue responsible for producing the cells that become the nail plate – will determine the width and thickness of your nail. Its growth depends on regular nutrition and health (e.g. lack of infections, etc.), and is not determined by the nail bed (the skin underneath the nail). Therefore, the acrylic nails cannot affect the growth or thickness of your natural nails.? If you apply Acrylic to the natural nail and dont move or touch things while they are on they will not damage them at all. But what does damage the natural nails is wear and tear from you using your nails in between appointments (so you must be gentle on them and not use them as tools) and the filing by the nail technician during a refill that can cause damage to the natural nail (Especially if she is not trained properly and does not use the write files and filing techniques); along with improper removal techniques, you should never let them fall off or allow a nail technician to just rip them off.

Another important thing is to never allow your acrylics to get too long, this will cause an imbalance in the weight, and will then damage your nail underneath. If your acrylic nails are applied correctly by a qualified and well trained nail technician, and are regularly refilled and shortened then little to no damage will be done to the natural nail. The same goes for all other artificial nail enhancements including Soak off Gel Polish.

MYTH: Acrylic nails can cause fungal infections.

BUSTED: Acrylic nails do not cause fungal infections. Breaking or dislodging a nail from the nail bed, breaking the seal under the cuticle area may cause an infection to develop, or lifting between the acrylic and nail plate where moisture becomes trapped, bacteria from the water with the heat can cause mold to develop. Regardless of if the nail has an acrylic coating or not. Proper sanitation and ensuring the acrylic nails are well-maintained will reduce the likelihood of infection.

MYTH: You cant wear acrylic nails when pregnant.

BUSTED: You may be more sensitive to acrylic nails when pregnant, and may be more likely to develop an infection or allergy. If you are visiting a salon that is well-ventilated, reducing the effect of fumes will ensure you do not get nauseous or sick. The molecules in a good quality Acrylic are not small enough to penetrate the nail plate down into your nail bed there for do not go into your blood stream.

MYTH: You should occasionally give your nails a break from acrylic nails.

BUSTED: If properly applied and maintained by a reputable nail technician, you should not need to give acrylic nails a rest. As nails do not need to breathe, there are only a few occasions where you may need to have a break from acrylic nails. This includes developing an allergic reaction or infection, not routinely refilling the nails, or having caused the nail to lift (the nail has been damaged or is imbalanced due to too long nails).

If you want to learn more about the safety of artificial nails, talk to your nail technician or read Doug Schoons article on the Top Ten Myths Related to Artificial Nails here.

Jeanette competed at the following events:

– 3rd in Gel Category for sculptured tip & overlay