Like other artificial nails, fiberglass nails have become a trend. With their well-shaped, aptly polished appeal and more natural look, fiberglass nails make good-looking, feminine fingers. Attaching fiberglass nails to your nails follows a meticulous procedure—from attaching the tip to putting down the glue activator. But because fiberglass nails are the most fragile among all fake nails, the same level of meticulousness should be applied in caring for fiberglass nails. Here’s how.
- Avoid using your fiberglass nails as a tool. Remember, fiberglass nails are easily broken, so you don’t want to use them to open the lid of a jar, reach for tiny objects that happened to squeeze into small holes, and scratch off stubborn stains. Although nails are originally created for completing such tasks, fiberglass nails are purely for decorative purposes and are therefore rendered too weak, not to mention too beautiful, to be used as a tool.
- Wear gloves. Should you need to do activities that may put your fiberglass nails under stress, use plastic or rubber gloves. This is especially necessary when gardening, cooking, and cleaning. You should also wear gloves if you are going to expose your hands to chemicals. Chemicals have strong contents that can weaken your fiberglass nails, causing them to flake off from your nails. In some cases, discoloration may also result.
- Apply cuticle and nail oil. Daily application of oil moisturizes the cuticle, thus preventing dryness and infection. Before putting oil, make sure to wash your hands and dry them completely. Wait for the oil to soak in, and then wipe off leftover oil before doing any hand activity.
- Fill in your fiberglass nails at least after two weeks. Visit your nail technician for a fill in after two weeks. If your nails have a slower growth rate, you can come for an appointment after three or four weeks. Filling in involves reapplication of fiberglass wraps on the nails.
- Protect your fiberglass nails. Especially if they are too long, fiberglass nails may be accidentally subjected to stress and pressure. Therefore, always be on the alert whether you are typing, carrying a bag, scratching your head, or combing your fingers through your hair. It is best to limit your hand activities to those that cannot accidentally break your fiberglass nails.
- Consult your nail technician. Always consult your nail technician for the proper maintenance of fiberglass nails. She should tell you what to do and what to avoid. If you applied the fiberglass wraps on your own, make sure to carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions and guides.
Fiberglass nails are pretty, fashionable, and sexy; however, if they are not properly cared for and maintained, they can cause bacterial and fungal infections. Therefore, before and after the application and while they are still on, make sure that you know how to give your fiberglass nails the much-needed attention. If you want to remove the fiberglass nails, you can easily do so with water. But to prevent nail damages, it is best to get the service of a nail technician.