About every two to three weeks “Acrylics should last six to eight weeks with a fill needed about every two to three weeks, depending on your nail growth,” says Lee. Not only does getting a fill—a.k.a. a touchup between the bottom of the nail and the cuticle—improve the appearance of the manicure, but it also helps it last longer.
How do you know if you need a fill in on your nails?
Fill your nails every 2 to 3 weeks. Because the natural nails underneath your acrylic nails will continue to grow, a gap between your cuticle and acrylic nail will begin to show within 2 or 3 weeks.
When should you refill your gel nails?
“If done with quality and precision, gel extensions can last up to three weeks,” says Eskander. “At that time, you can either 'gel a fill,' which is basically applying gel between your cuticle and the area of nail outgrowth, or you can remove them fully and redo the entire service.”
Should I get a fill or a new set?
We recommend a refill every 3 weeks to keep your nails healthy! If you go too long between refills, your nails will start to lift and if water and dirt get underneath bacteria can grow. Nail infections are not an enjoyable experience! Your nails may also grow too far out, throwing off the strength of the nail.
Is gel or acrylic better for weak nails?
As mentioned above, gel nails are a healthier alternative for the nail than acrylic. They are less likely to cause damage to the natural nail or nail bed. Gel nails also feel more natural and less rigid than acrylic, so if you accidentally hit them against something they are less likely to snap!
How long should you let your nails breathe between acrylics?
Because of this, it's critical for those who often get gel or acrylic manicures to take breaks in-between if you've noticed any of the five signs of damage. Hanna suggests letting them completely grow out before getting your next gel or acrylic manicure. This usually takes about six months, according to Stern.