The Case Against Acrylics:
Acrylic nails are beautiful and stylish. But what do you do when you can no longer wear them? When you take off acrylic nails, you nail beds look like they have a disease. In fact, they may be infected with fungus or bacteria.
People also develop allergies to acrylics where the skin around them itches, weeps and sluffs off. In acrylic nail salons, clients are often nicked by the motorized filing head or the manual nippers used to clip off lifting acrylic. There are occasions where these instruments are not properly sterilized.
You can still have beautiful nails at a fraction of the cost by using artificial fingernails. These are easy to find, and if you like short- or medium-length nails, you can find the in WalMart, Walgreens, Sally Beauty and just about any drug or department store. You can even purchase them online.
Long artificial nails are available in the same places, but there is a technique where you can use nail tips, customize them to cover the entire nail and wear them for up to two weeks without removing them.