We’re calling it. The Love Island ladies are having glam squad treatment in the villa. How else could you explain Dani’s locks subtly morphing from honey blonde to copper brown, or Laura’s magical disappearing freckles?
And then, of course, there are the nails. Either those women have some serious salon skills, or a pro is ready to pounce the second a nail chips mid-challenge. Well, we want in. There isn’t much worse than getting out your favourite nail polish beside the pool and watching it turn to congealed gloop as brush meets sun. To save our varnish and ensure we look like 'sorts' beside the pool, we're handing over to the professionals and opting for acrylics that genuinely last.
We grilled Sherrille Riley, founder of , on how to work the acrylic trend.
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What are acrylic nails?
Acrylic nails are artificial nail extensions placed over your natural nails. This can be done to match the nail shape or to extend the nail length. They are perfect for people who want the look of long nails but have trouble growing out their own nails or have weak nails that break easily.
How do you apply acrylic nails?
A mixture of liquid and powder is used to create a hard protective layer on the natural nails to make them look longer and stronger.
How long you can keep acrylic nails on?
Acrylic can be worn for a long period of time as long as you get infills every 2-3 weeks. "I’d suggest a complete soak off every three months so that natural nails can breathe. Your natural nails can also be treated to a course of repairing ," she said. The innovative treatment fuses the top layers of the nail bed together for improved strength.
How you can care for acrylic nails at home and make them last longer
Many people get acrylic nails to have stronger natural nails but Sherrille says they actually weaken and damage natural nails long-term (beware picking off your acrylics!). "To maintain them at home, avoid prolonged exposure to water and wear protective gloves for household cleaning and pot washing," she advises. She also recommends using a good cuticle oil for maintaining a healthy nail bed and cuticles.
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