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Can You Do Acrylic Nails At Home?

Acrylic nails are a great way to treat yourself, but do you always have to head to the pricey salon or can you do them at home?

Acrylic nails are perfect for anyone who struggles to grow their own nails—whether that's because they're brittle or you bite them—and they give you an instant perfect manicure without having to grow your own nails out.

Acrylic nails are tpyically applied at a salon by a professional nail technician, and the prices can vary. Nail technicians are experts and ensuring your nails look good, but they're also trained on the correct way to handle the chemicals used to adhere the acrylics to your natural nails and the safety of the tools needed.

If you're trying to save money, or you don'thave a lot of time to book a professional manicure, DIY at-home acrylic nails can be done—if you have the right tools.

There are a lot of products available now that allow you to do your own acrylics at home and they come in a kit with everything you need. Typically, these kits include: acrylic nail glue, nail forms, monomer liquid, acrylic nail powder and you supply your own polish to add when they're on. Big nail care brands like Sally Hansen and OPI are offering at-home acrylic kits with detailed instructions to take you through the steps.

When it comes to applying the nails, it can take a lot of practice to get it right, especially when you're working on the non-dominant hand. There are a lot of YouTube beauty gurus who do their own nails at home and so many useful tutorials that walk you through each of the steps, giving useful tips along the way.

The first few times you apply acrylic nails at home, you may not get the same result you would if you'd gone to a professional. But, once you get the hang of it, doing your own acrylic nails at home can be a great way to give yourself that confidence boost you deserve, and allow you to try out a variety of nail looks without spending an arm and a leg at the salon.

Devan McGuinness

Devan McGuinness is a freelance writer and editor who has an odd obsession with useless trivia and vows that one day she will find her signature lip color. When she's not working, you can hear her answering the question "why" for the twenty-billionth time or obsessively watching the latest viral cat video.

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