Hey all! So I have a post here that’s a little bit review, a little bit tutorial, and also a little bit of tips and tricks. I can’t remember how I found out about acrygel nails, but it was probably from YouTube. Acrygel nails are a mixture of gel and acrylic, which is why it’s called acrygel. 🙂 Anyway, this type of nail treatment/manicure is does not add length like a regular acrylic manicure.
Acrygel manicures allow for the strength of gel and flexibility of acrylic. Some people use this as a way to grow out their nails or add strength. When I discovered acrygel nails, I did A LOT of research to make sure it’s something I wanted to do.
My reason for deciding to do acrygel nails is to stop the bending and peeling of my natural nails. I have tried almost every nail strengthener, and nothing works. I have made healthy changes to my diet, I drink a lot of water, and I don’t use my nails as tools….yet…here I am with peeling nails.
Acrygel nails let me put a clear strengthener over my nails that will last for 2 weeks (may vary) but does not damage like most acrylic manicures do. I will included pictures after the step-by-step process.
Also, I highly suggest you watch the video AcryGel Powder Gel for Natural Nails from Anna’s Nail, Art, Beauty & Travel. She does such a great job explaining and demonstrating this for you.
I decided to put up a post because I typed out the steps from her video for when I did my acrygel nails so I wouldn’t have to keep playing, pausing, and replaying her video .
- Buff nails with fine grit nail buffer.
- Make sure to hold file flat to nail to decrease nail damage.
- Use lint free wipe and rubbing alcohol (cleanser) to remove shine, dust/dirt, and dehydrate nail bed.
- Use pH Bond polish
- Use Gelish Foundation polish
- Wipe off excess
- Scrub into nail near cuticles. This helps the product bond to nail much better.
- Keep away from cuticle and side walls.
- Cap off free edge of nail to avoid shrinkage and lifting.
- Use cuticle pusher to scoop acrylic powder onto to entire nail surface.
- Turn finger to cover entire nail.
- Tap finger to remove excess acrylic powder.
- Cure under LED lamp for 1 minute
- Repeat steps 4-7
- Apply top coat
- Cure under LED lamp for 1 minute
- Use lint free wipe and rubbing alcohol to remove the residue.
After all of this, you will be good to go for about 2 weeks. The first time I did this, it took me about an hour, and it will probably get a little bit faster as I get more practice.
Here is how my nails turned out the first time. I think they look pretty good. There were no spots of unevenness, and they don’t look so thick that it’s obvious I have something over my natural nails.
Although you can definitely leave it like this until you refill or redo the acrygel manicure, I intend on painting over it as I would with my normal nails. As I said earlier, I am doing this so I don’t have to constantly worry about my nails bending and peeling. I’m not necessarily doing this to grow them out super long, but a little extra length will be nice.
So far, I am loving how free I feel having this on my nails. I’m not doing anything crazy now that this is on my nails, but I don’t have to frequently think about being extra careful with my thin, peeling nails.
*IMPORTANT* to remember is that you need to use non-acetone nail polish remover if you paint over this. Polish remover with acetone will breakdown the mixture since that is how you remove acrylic and gel soak-off manicures.