Why Light Nails Get Dark

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As a nail technician, I have seen many women with acrylic nails that look awful because they were not maintained properly. This can happen in two ways: they either go too long without returning to the salon and their nails grow out, or they go to another salon and are not given proper maintenance.

I’m sure you’ve heard of this before, but if your acrylic nails are not maintained properly, they can get dark underneath. This is because when the acrylic gets old (i.e., when it is shaped and buffed too much), it is no longer translucent. It becomes opaque, which means the light cannot shine through it anymore. When the light cannot shine through your nail, your natural nail underneath cannot breathe. The dead tissue builds up and creates discoloration underneath your acrylic nail.

Have you ever noticed that after having your nail done, they start to look yellow and dark? Or maybe even green? Well, we all have heard that this is a fungus. However, it is not. So why does this occur?

Acrylic nails are basically made from a combination of monomer liquid and polymer powder. These ingredients combined make a hard, yet flexible protective layer. Acrylic nails are applied on top of the natural nail and cover its surface completely. This is done to protect the natural nail from any damage and allow it to grow underneath the acrylic shell. You may be wondering what makes them get dark or yellow?

There are two main reasons why:

-The first one is that acrylic nails have a tendency to trap dirt under them. The longer you keep your acrylic nails on, the more dirt they tend to accumulate underneath them making them look darker.

-The second reason is because acrylic nails usually make your natural nails weak and fragile. This causes your natural nails to discolor or darken due to the lack of oxygen being trapped under the acrylic layer.

Acrylic gel nails are a great way to make your hands look and feel better. However, if you don’t maintain your nails and keep them in good shape, they can start to discolor.

One of the most common ways that acrylic gel nails can start to darken is by having dirt and debris build up on them. As the acrylic hardens, it can create a layer of dirt that traps color under the surface of the nail. If you want to keep your acrylic gel nails looking good and clean, then you will need to take some precautions and keep them in good shape.

The first thing that you should do when you notice your acrylic gel nails getting darker is to remove any buildup from underneath the nail. If there is buildup, then it needs to be removed before you apply any type of polish or color-removing solution. You can use a cotton swab dipped in lukewarm water to gently lift off the build up, but be sure not to scrub too hard or use too much pressure as this could cause damage to your nails.

Once you have removed the buildup, then you will need to apply some type of color-removing solution. Some people like using white vinegar or lemon juice as they are very acidic and will help remove stains

For the past year, I have had acrylic gel nails. They were beautiful and fun to play with, but as time went on I became annoyed by the amount of maintenance that they needed. Every two weeks I would go into the salon to get them filled in, and it was getting expensive. Not only that, but after a while, my nails underneath began to get discoloured and slightly damaged.

I decided to take them off and go back to having short, natural nails. I didn’t think it would be too difficult to care for them – after all, they’re just regular nails right?


It has been three months since taking off my gel extensions, and my nails are still looking sad and brittle. Apparently this is a common occurrence and there are several reasons why your nails will not recover after having acrylics or gels applied.

The majority of us have had acrylic nails or extended our natural nails with tips and overlays. They’re very common in the world of beauty. But did you know that there are some health risks associated with using acrylic nails?

Acrylic nails can become easily contaminated, because they are porous. This means that the chemicals from the acrylic can be absorbed into the nail bed and skin. The most common problem caused by acrylics is fungal nail infections, which can be extremely painful and cause your nail to fall off. If left untreated, it can also lead to other complications like bacterial infections.

It is also possible for acrylics to scratch or cut your skin when applied incorrectly, which can lead to further infection. In addition to this, if you get a lot of air bubbles in your acrylics then you may find yourself with a nasty allergic reaction called contact dermatitis – this causes redness, blistering and swelling at the site of the reaction.

When you remove acrylic nails improperly, they can leave behind chemicals that make your nails weak and brittle so they break more easily than before…

So you are about to have gel nails applied for the first time. There are a few things that should be done prior to the application of gel nails to extend the life of the enhancement and to avoid nail damage.


What you need:

-nail file

-cuticle pusher (metal)

-nail buffer

-oil (coconut, almond, jojoba, etc)


-orange stick (or metal one)**

1. Remove nail polish. This is usually done by a acetone soaked cotton pad but if your manicurist does not do this then please ask them to. If you would like to bring your own remover and cotton pads please feel free. Gel polish will not adhere well with any residue on the nail plate.**

2. File nails down to desired length and shape. I suggest nails between 1/8″ and 1/4″ from cuticle in length with a squared or round shape. Nails can be filed shorter if you wish but be aware that they will not last as long because there is less product adhering to the nail plate and less strength being added to your natural nail. Short nails also tend to chip easier than longer ones do because they

Acrylic gel nails are a combination of a liquid monomer and a powder polymer. The mixture creates a hard translucent material that can be used to create fake fingernails. When applied to the nail, they will not chip or break as easily as natural fingernails.

Acrylic gels come in many different colors and textures, but the most common type is the clear acrylic gel. The clear acrylic gel is used during the building process to give more strength to the natural nails. The pink and white tip is then layered over the clear gel to create a French manicure look.

The clear acrylic gel can also be used alone to create a natural looking manicure. If you have short nails and do not want to wear any polish, you can use the clear acrylic gel to strengthen your nails without adding length or color.

The acrylic gel is very durable and will last for at least two weeks before it starts to break off or chip. When you are ready for your new set of nails, simply file off the existing set and start over again with a new base coat and color of your choice.

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