Each acrylic nail fill or tip replacement will cost you time and money. But a nail fill will cost you less. So, how many times can you fill acrylic nails before replacing tips?
Based on our research, you can get acrylic nails filled indefinitely before replacing the tips. However, you’ve got to ensure that your nail underneath is happy and healthy.
How many times can you fill your acrylic nails?
The simple theoretical answer? You can get your acrylic nails filled indefinite times.
In reality, though, the number of times you can get acrylic nail fills depends on various factors. For instance, the faster your natural nails grow, the sooner you’ll need to visit a nail tech for a fill-in.
If you are also the rough type (no offense meant), you’ll need to get your acrylic nails filled more than others.
You will likely have broken nails, chipped nails, and overall raggedy-looking acrylic nails. So, the number of times you can fill your acrylic nails will vary from person to person.
Be sure to look at these factors before stamping a timeline for filling your acrylic nails.
How many times can you fill acrylic nails before replacing tips?
As much as acrylic fills will leave your nails looking fresh and neat, there’s a limit to it. You can have an acrylic fill before replacing tips 10-13 times. Ideally, allow up to six months before replacing acrylic nail tips.
By then, you’ll notice the acrylic nails’ degradation. The heavily used acrylic nails will no longer adhere to your natural nails well. You may also notice some stains from previous nail polish or yellowing of the acrylic nails.
Worse still, overstaying with acrylic nails could lead to fungal infections. As the old acrylics separate from your nail, they may trap moisture making the area a perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
Remember, you don’t have to wait six months before replacing tips. If you notice any discoloration or your cuticles are drier than usual, you may need to replace your tips. These could be signs of a fungal infection.
Also, note that the number of refills you’ve had doesn’t affect tip replacement. You’ll still need a replacement for six months with your acrylic nails, even when you’ve had numerous refills.
How long before my acrylic nails get a fill?
Ideally, and at a maximum, you should get a fill once every two to three weeks. Keep in mind that getting a fill-in will make your acrylics last longer and will leave you with a cleaner look.
It is also an opportunity for you to discover if there are any problems, such as fungal infections, on your natural nails.
However, if your acrylic lifts up your natural nail, you’ll definitely need a fill-in in under two or three weeks. It can be frustrating, looks untidy, and makes the growth gap bigger than it is.
You’ll need to talk to your nail tech to see if this will come at an extra cost or is part of their ‘maintenance’ package.
How do I know whether I need a fill or a new set?
Picture this: you’ve got acrylic nails and can’t decide whether to get a fill in or a new set. So how do you know whether you need a fill or a new set?
Well, a definitive answer would be untruthful. This is because the decision to get a fill or a new set depends on various factors.
First, you’ll need to ask yourself, when did you place your last set? You need a new set if it’s near or past the sixth-month mark.
You should also check on the acrylic’s general health. Are they brittle, cracking, and discolored? Worn out acrylics tend to be brittle as the glue has lost its sturdiness. So, it’s time for that new set.
Growth gaps will also tell you whether you need a new set or a refill. If the growth has extended beyond a fourth of your natural nails, then it’s time for a fill-in.
Most importantly, check on your natural nails underneath. If you notice any signs of fungus or infection, immediately visit a nail technician for removal. You should avoid fixing acrylics until the infection clears.
Most acrylic-related infections will clear by themselves. But, in rare cases, they don’t try some home remedies. Our most trusted, tested, and effective remedy is soaking your nails in vinegar and warm water. You can seek medical assistance if the infection is severe.
What to do to make your acrylic nails last longer
Here are some secrets to help keep your acrylic nails looking fresh and lasting longer.
Keep your cuticles and nails moisturized
Imagine dry nails underneath that professional manicure you spent your dime on. Or a dry, cracked, and painful cuticle atop your manicure? Not cute. But this is bound to happen if you don’t keep your cuticles and nails moisturized.
Your natural nails act as a foundation for acrylics. A dry nail plate will start to crack and peel, causing the acrylics to lift and peel too.
To prevent this, you must regularly massage your nails with cuticle oils, moisturizer, or hand cream. And since we know handwashing is the biggest culprit for dry nails, cuticles, and hands, remember to moisturize every time you wash your hands.
Glove-up while cleaning
Chores don’t give anyone a break-even when you’ve just had your manicure. And you’ll definitely have to use cleaning detergents containing aggressive chemicals that damage your nails.
Chemicals found in cleaning detergents weaken acrylic nails leading to peeling and chipping. Their drying and toxic effect on the nails sometimes cause the acrylic glue to dissolve.
And the obvious effect is that the glue will lose its sturdiness. In other words, your acrylics won’t last as long as you intended.
So, what’s the best solution? We recommend buying protective cleaning gloves to always put on when cleaning.
Be gentle with your nails, especially around hard surfaces.
We all recognize that ‘tap, tap’ sound of acrylics typing on a phone or a laptop. And that’s not an example of being gentle with acrylics.
While phones and laptops may not be viewed as ‘hard surfaces,’ using your nails to type puts unnecessary pressure on them. This shortens their lifespan significantly, meaning you’ll need a replacement sooner.
Typing is not the only culprit. Although often accidentally, hitting nails against hard and rough surfaces is the leading cause of acrylic breakage. You’ve shortened the lifespan of your artificial nails and will need to visit a nail salon.
So, always be careful when you are out and about to prevent such an incident from happening.
Prevent fungal infections at all costs
We cannot stress the importance of protecting yourself from fungal infections enough. Fungal infections result from too much moisture between the acrylic and your natural nail.
With a fungal infection, you’ll need immediate acrylic removal. You may need to look for some remedies to heal and keep off acrylics for some time.
All these are results you don’t want. So, protect yourself from fungal infections at all costs! But how?
First, you must ensure you get all your fill-ins and nail replacements.
Second, our tested and tried recommendations. Apply oils with an antiseptic effect daily on your nails. You can try essential oils such as tea tree, thyme, or clove.
Make a professional nail technician your friend.
Inexperienced nail technicians can cause your acrylics to deteriorate faster than they should. They may use poor-quality products, and their nail installation techniques may also be low-grade.
So, getting a good and professional nail technician should be at the top of your list. You can start by checking online reviews or asking trusted friends for recommendations. If you do fill-ins and tip replacements, seek to educate yourself constantly.
And a small pro tip! Make it your morning routine to examine your nails for any damage. This way, you’ll act on it faster, making your nails look fresher for longer.
What you shouldn’t do if you want acrylics to last longer
- Do not type using your nails. Use the pad of your finger to type.
- Do not use your acrylic nails as tools. Be gentle with your nails and avoid using them to open cans or take on responsibilities meant for other tools.
- Do not make long, warm, and soapy baths a habit. Warm soapy water weakens acrylic nails.
- Stay away from swimming for long hours. We recommend swimming sessions of between one to two hours. Chlorinated water can cause your nails to become dry and brittle, which can cause acrylic lifting.
- Do not postpone your appointments with the nail technician. Always remember- fill ins once every two to three weeks. Replacements after six months.
Factors that will affect fill times of acrylic nails
Length of acrylics
Everyone has their preference when it comes to short or long acrylic nails. But, did you know that the length of acrylics can affect the fill times? Generally, if you wear long acrylic nails, you should visit the nail salon longer to have your nails filled.
See, long acrylic nails have a larger surface area to act upon. This means they are more likely to be under stress and pressure than the shorter ones. For instance, they are more likely to hit on hard surfaces, be used for typing, be hooked onto fabrics, etc.
The pressure and strain may weaken the glue strength leading to the nails lifting. Unfortunately, this will mean more frequent visits to the nail salon to fill acrylic nails.
Nature of work of the acrylic wearer
The nature of the work you engage in directly influences the frequency of fill-ins. Again, due to the stress and pressure element.
People who work in fast-paced environments, use their hands often or deal with water and chemicals will need frequent visits to the nail technicians for fill-ins.
The stress and pressure from such environments can cause the nails to lift more often than it should. It can also lead to broken nails needing the attention of nail technicians for fill-ins.
Will acrylic nails ruin my natural nails?
The need to maintain healthy natural nails has often led to the question; will acrylic nails ruin my natural nails?
Research has shown that acrylic nails can cause worn-down nail syndrome – weakened nails. This is caused by the filing down of the natural nails before artificial nail application.
But you can continue the acrylic application. Instead, ensure that your acrylic nails last longer to avoid the regular filing down. You should also always visit a professional nail technician who will have the best advice in case of any concerns.
To sum it all up, you can get your nails filled an indefinite number of times. And these fill-ins have to be done once every two to three weeks. So you’ll need to fill your acrylic nails 10-13 times before replacing tips after six months.
Most importantly, ensure that you are keen on the health of your nails in between fill-ins and tip replacements. Routinely check on the nail underneath for any signs of fungal infection.
You should also moisturize your nails regularly, avoid harsh cleaning detergents (better still, glove-up), and avoid applying pressure on your nails. This way, you’ll be guaranteed healthy and beautiful nails.