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Question: When's the Last Time You Applied Some Acrylic to Your Toenails?

It's got its benefits...

There’s a running joke that comes up every time I get ready to leave my nail salon. Like clockwork, about 7 times out of 10, I will hit my toe on something before heading out which means that I have to turn around and get a new coat of polish. Why don’t I just go with gel polish? Because it’s pricey; plus, the removal process is a pain.

Yeah, I’m rough on my feet. A part of it is because I walk around barefoot (in my house) most of the time. And that’s why I ended up breaking a big toenail to the point where my nail tech had to add some acrylic. Now that the acrylic has grown all the way out, I think there are definitely pros and cons that come with using it on my feet. Watch this first and then I’ll expound.

Ain’t nothin’ like a pretty pair of white toenails (thanks @knail.bakery for proving this fact). A classic move, if I do say so myself. Anyway, as promised, let’s jump into the pros and cons of going this route as far as your toes are concerned.

I’ll go with the pros first:

· Acrylic on your toenails can protect a damaged nail while it heals

· Acrylic on your toenails can give you the length of nail you want as your nails grow

· Acrylic on your toenails can slightly alter the width and shape (if that’s what you’re looking for)

· Acrylic on your toenails can lower the chance of breaking a toenail (well…kind of)

This brings us to some of the cons:

· Acrylic on your toenails prevents “nail flexibility” which could actually result in you doing more damage to your natural nails if you happen to hit them against something

· If you’re sensitive to fungal infections, acrylic on your toenails can make the infection worse

· Acrylic on your toenails can make it harder for the polish to go on smoothly as the acrylic grows out

· Acrylic on your toenails should never be a long-term solution to thin or short nails

When I had the acrylic on, I liked the fact that my nail looked “back to normal”; however, getting it filed down to blend in with my natural nail every appointment was a bit annoying. Plus, any time that acrylic has been on a nail for a while, you need to “baby” your natural nails in order to get them strong again.

I know — this is a lot to consider. Still, I hope that it’s enough information that you will think beyond “it looks cute” should you decide to add some acrylic to your own feet. I guess my bottom line would be, “it’s a great temporary approach…and temporary is all that it should be”. But hey…that’s just me.

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