Why Are My Nails So Thin After Acrylics?

If you have recently got your acrylics removed, you may now be wondering why your nails feel thinner than they did before.

Often you will hear people sharing their negative experiences of having acrylics and how they left them feeling damaged.

The way in which your acrylics were removed will affect the condition of your nails afterward. Ripping acrylics off will likely take off some layers of your nail too.

Thin nails can also be caused by insufficient soaking of the acrylics. Your acrylic nails should be soaked because this will make them easier to remove.

If they are not soaked for long enough a layer of your nail is likely to come off with the product. This can result in thin and bendy nails that are prone to breaking.

Furthermore, your nail bed may also become thin as a result of over-filing which can also make them dry. Thin nails are going to be more susceptible to chipping and flaking and they can also take a while to recover. 

Correctly removing your acrylics will help to avoid thinning of the nail bed. You can either remove them yourself or have a professional remove them for you. First, you will need to fill a small bowl of acetone before submerging your fingers into it.

Allow them to soak for around 20 minutes and then rub your fingers using your thumb as this will encourage the breakdown of the acrylics.

Typically nail technicians will remove the top layers of the acrylic using a drill. They will then soak them in acetone before scraping them off once they are soft enough.

You can also use a nail strengthening product as this can help to thicken your nails. 

Can you get acrylic nails on weak nails?

Acrylic nails can be particularly appealing to those who have weak nails that take a while to grow. However, you must make sure that your nails are strong enough to handle these acrylics.

If your nails are weak or brittle, you should get them back to a healthy condition before contemplating acrylics. Due to the effects that acrylic nails can have on your natural nails, they may cause already weak nails to become even weaker.

Also, a nail technician will file the surface of your nails until it feels rough. As this thins your nails it will make them weaker. 

Though many people think that acrylic nails can ruin your natural nails, this shouldn’t be the case if they are applied and removed correctly.

In fact, some people with weak or brittle nails opt for acrylics as they can accentuate the length of your nail tips, make your nails look thicker, and also provide a protective layer to your nails against any possible damage.

For those with weak nails who have never had acrylics before, the process can seem a little daunting. So long as they are applied and removed correctly, acrylics shouldn’t leave your natural nails severely damaged.

If you have very weak nails, prioritize strengthening them and getting them back to the optimal condition before getting acrylics. Alternatively, some people may opt for gel nails instead of acrylics as they are believed to be less damaging and more flexible. 

You might want to try press-on nails instead of acrylics.

How can I make my nails stronger after acrylics?

Acrylic nails can rejuvenate the appearance of your natural nails, but following removal, they can also appear weak and run down. There are several things that you can do to make your nails stronger after having acrylics. 

It is likely that your nails will have grown quite a lot since you had your acrylics applied. As your nails are weaker they will be prone to breaking. Cutting your nails will allow you to get rid of any jagged edges and start from afresh.

If you are likely to get another set of acrylics in the future, we would recommend giving your nails a break first as this will allow them to regain their strength before going through the process again.

Those who do not feel as though they can go for extended periods without glamorous nails may wish to try using regular nail polish. This type of nail polish will still add color to your nails but it will be a lot less damaging. 

Buffing your nails can also help to restore their smoothness, however, it should not be done too intensely as over buffing your nails can take away some of your nail’s thickness.

If you have any available, you can apply some rubbing alcohol to your nails to remove any oil build-up. Then using small circular motions, you can then buff the top of your nails until you appear smoother. 

Your nails will likely be quite dry after acrylics so it is important to reintroduce the moisture as this will help to repair them. You can do this using a hand cream or cuticle oil.

Simply massage it into your cuticles for around 5 minutes every day. At night, you may wish to use a heavier nail cream for more moisture and you can even wear cotton gloves to bed as they will help to lock in the moisture. 

The use of a nail strengthening product will prove hugely helpful and will speed up the time that it takes for your nails to recover from the acrylics.

Develop a routine that involves applying this product daily for 2 weeks. Eventually, you will begin to notice results and you can then begin to reduce the regularity in which you are applying this strengthener.

Some nail strengthening products will be less effective than others so it is important to choose your products carefully to ensure that they deliver the expected results. In some instances, it may take as long as a month for any improvement in your nails to become visible.

Your diet can also impact the state of your nails. Biotin, which is found in eggs, meats, avocados, and almonds, etc, promotes healthy cell growth and can help to strengthen the condition of your nails.