To give the perfect acrylic manicure, so many things must go right. Each and every step, from prepping the recipient’s natural nails to attaching the artificial tips to creating a beautiful design, affects the quality of the finished product.
When you think about doing acrylic nails, you probably think about all of these steps that make up the process itself. Indeed, practicing each stage of the process is essential to improving your skills and achieving the perfect acrylic manicure.
However, other factors affect the final product, too. Namely, the tools at your disposal make a huge difference in how an acrylic manicure turns out. Using the best tools to do acrylic nails is essential.
If you’re serious about acrylics, you have probably already invested in high-quality, professional tools, like nail brushes. Likewise, you probably know that taking good care of those tools is the very best way to ensure that you will get the most out of these products.
In this regard, cleaning your acrylic nail brushes properly is vital. It helps ensure that your brushes will last for years. More importantly, it allows you to reach your full potential as a nail artist, creating beautiful, flawless acrylic looks.
That is why we’ve put together a simple guide to taking care of your nail brushes. Read on to discover everything you need to know about acrylic nail brushes.
The Basics of Acrylic Nails
Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let’s make sure we’re on the same page about acrylic nails.
Put simply, acrylic nails are a special type of fake nails made from a mixture of liquid monomer and powdered acrylic polymer. This mixture is usually applied onto an extension, which gives extra length and definition to natural nails.
Acrylic nails are popular for many reasons. Firstly, they last longer than regular nail polish. If you take care of your acrylics, they should last between six and eight weeks.
Secondly, there are virtually infinite options for colors, designs, and styles of acrylic nails. Getting an acrylic manicure is a great way to express yourself and add a unique touch to your everyday style. Acrylics are longer, stronger, and more defined than regular old nail polish.
Almost every nail salon out there offers acrylic manicures, but you can also apply acrylic nails at home (though a little practice may be needed to perfect your skills). Indeed, for novice nail artists, the process of applying acrylics can be arduous. That is why many people choose to visit the salon for their acrylic needs.
As we mentioned before, doing acrylic nails requires a variety of special tools—acrylic nail brushes included. Now, let’s delve into the best ways to care for those brushes to help you achieve flawless acrylic-nail results.
First Things First: Cleanse Your Brushes Regularly
Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a newbie getting ready to try acrylics at home, learning how to clean your brushes properly is a major key to acrylics success.
One of the most important steps you can take to care of your brushes is to cleanse them after every single use.
Don’t worry—you won’t have to endure a long, tedious cleaning process each time you do an acrylic manicure. Rather, you just need to quickly wipe off your brushes as soon as you’re finished.
For this step, it’s best to use a lint-free cloth and monomer. You can use the same monomer you used in the acrylic mixture. If you’d prefer another substance, you could also use acetone—however, acetone may be too harsh for natural-hair brushes.
Remember, when you wipe off your brushes, be sure to be gentle and avoid pulling out any bristles.
Taking the time to quickly clean off your brushes right after you use them will help prevent buildup. However, if you notice that this method is leaving some unwanted residue, you may need to embark on a more intensive cleaning. Read on for a step-by-step explanation of how to get your brushes looking good as new.
Step One: Prep Your Cleaning Setup
Cleaning your acrylic brushes may be time-consuming, but it’s totally worth the effort. If you follow these simple steps, the cleaning process should be a breeze.
To begin, the first step is to prepare for the process by gathering and setting up all your ingredients. Fortunately, there really isn’t much to set up—this step is easy!
All you have to do is fill a bowl with your cleaning product. As we mentioned above, a monomer is great for cleaning brushes. Compared to acetone and professional cleaning solutions, a monomer is super gentle. It’s ideal for any type of brush, including synthetic or natural hair brushes.
If you can, use a container of monomer that is only used for cleaning purposes. A separate bottle will be less contaminated, making it perfect for cleansing.
If you decide to use a brush cleaner, be sure that your brushes can handle it. It may be too harsh for natural hair brushes.
Once you have a bowl filled with the cleaner of your choice, you should be all ready for step two.
Step Two: Soak Your Brushes
Again, this step is pretty simple. All you have to do is place your brushes in the bowl and allow them to soak in the solution.
When using monomer, soak your brushes for at least an hour. If there’s excess buildup or hardened polish on the brushes, allow them to soak overnight.
If you decide to use a professional brush cleaner, you should read the instructions provided. You may not need to let the brushes soak—you might just have to swish them around in the solution for a few minutes.
That’s it for step two.
Step Three: Remove and Rinse Your Brushes
Next, all you need to do is remove your brushes from the bowl of cleaner.
For the monomer method, you should immediately rinse your brushes with warm water. Be careful not to scrub or pull on the bristles.
If you are using another brush cleaner, you might need to scrape off some of the buildups with any sort of wooden tool. Then, press the brush in between a paper towel to remove any extra cleaner that’s leftover.
And just like that, you’re done with step three.
Step Four: Let Your Brushes Dry
This next step is a bit time-consuming, but it’s extremely easy. If you used the monomer method, all you have to do is lay your brushes on a towel and allow them to air dry.
Be sure that your brushes are lying horizontally on an absorptive surface like a towel or cloth. When using monomer, you don’t want to squeeze your brushes to remove excess moisture—just be patient and allow the air to do all the work.
Step Five: Soak Your Brushes (Again)
Good news—you’re almost done. For one of the final steps, all you must do is soak your brushes again.
If you’re following the monomer process, you should place in a bowl of fresh monomer for two more hours. Again, this is time-consuming, but you can go off and accomplish any other task on your to-do list while you wait.
On the other hand, if you decided to use a professional cleaning solution, you probably don’t need to let your brushes soak for that long. Instead, simply dip each brush in monomer and gently reshape the bristles. Again, be sure not to pull any of them out—we want these brushes to last as long as possible!
Step Six: Let Your Brushes Dry (Again)
Finally, you’ve made it to the last step. Like in step four, all you have to do here is lay out your brushes on a flat towel or cloth. Allow them to air dry as all the cleaning liquid evaporates.
Remember to keep your brushes horizontal until completely dry. This will ensure that excess monomer doesn’t leak into the metal connector on the brush, damaging it.
That’s a Wrap
Congrats—you did it! If you followed each of these steps, your brushes should be good as new.
Using clean tools is absolutely essential in any situation, whether you are working professionally in a salon or having fun at home. Now, should be all set to get your brushes looking squeaky clean.
As you can see, cleaning your acrylic nail brushes is actually quite simple. The process is relatively low-effort, which means there’s really no excuse to use dirty brushes. Although it takes a bit of time, cleaning your brushes is completely worth it in the end.
Acrylic nails are bold, fashionable, and fun. Achieving the perfect acrylic manicure can be difficult, even for the most practiced nail artists. However, using the proper tools makes it just a little bit easier. Visit our online store for all your nail-art needs.