Acrylic nails are undoubtedly one of the best manicures. They’re tough, long-lasting, can add instant length, and can be made to match any style. But what about your pedicure? Is it possible to have acrylic toenails to round off your look? Here is what you need to know.
So, can you put acrylic on toenails? You can put acrylic on toenails, but it’s essential to apply a specially designed product for toes. They also need to be appropriately applied, or otherwise, you can encounter pain, and they can even result in infection.
The answer may come as a surprise.
It did me.
When we think of acrylic nails, we think of those long nail enhancements on our hands.
To some, the thought of acrylic on the toes may not even seem desirable.
But they can be done. And they can look great too.
Let us now take a closer look at some of those other questions you may have regarding acrylic toenails.
So, be sure to keep reading if you do want to get this pedicure done!
This is information you will need to know. Believe me.
Is It Bad To Put Acrylic On Your Toenails?
Generally speaking, it is not harmful to put acrylic on your toenails. However, if done improperly, there may be some downsides to them.
As with everything, there are some downsides to an acrylic pedicure.
While, if done by a professional or careful amateur, acrylic toenails can be beautiful, there is also the potential for problems.
Namely, infection and pain.
As with your fingernails, accidentally ripping off an acrylic can cause problems to your toe’s nail bed.
Since feet are normally more covered than hands, there is a greater risk of accidental removal.
At the same time, more pressure on your toes can cause ingrown nails.
Combined with acrylic, it can act as a bacteria trap, leading to painful infections.
Of course, there is a remedy for this: be careful with your acrylics!
If you decide to go forward with this fashion, be sure that you go to a reputable salon to get them done the first time.
A professional will ensure that your nails are properly fitted so that you can enjoy your new look worry-free.
If you handle them well and like how they look and feel, then you might consider carefully doing them yourself at home.
My course is an ideal place to start (and can be purchased for less than a cup of coffee!
Are There Acrylic Nails For Toes?
There are specific acrylic nail products designed for toes. While some salons offer them, you can also find them in DIY kits at many beauty stores, pharmacies, department stores, or wherever else nail-care items are sold.
As you might have guessed from the first section, there are, in fact, acrylic nails for your toes.
If you don’t like the way your natural nails look or want a matching mani-pedi, then there’s reason to be excited.
In fact, you can get them done in more than one way.
It’s a good idea for the safest option to turn to a salon for your first application of acrylic toenails.
Not every salon offers it, but you’ll find that many do.
Call around to your local salons to get an idea of how popular the style is where you live.
Because of the procedure’s delicate nature, it’s a good idea to be sure you’re going to a reputable place, particularly if you haven’t been there before.
An unsanitary environment can cause infection.
If you’ve already had it done once or simply prefer doing it yourself, there are ways to apply acrylics at home.
The simplest way would be to find a kit with step-by-step instructions.
For those who don’t like the idea of using a basic kit, you could download my course – or follow the brief tutorial later in this article to help.
How Much Do Acrylic Toenails Cost?
The price for acrylic toenails varies, but a new set generally costs between $30 and $60. Afterward, you can expect to pay approximately half of this initial cost for a monthly fill-in.
For those drop-dead-gorgeous toenails, you can expect to pay roughly the same (or even a little more) than you would for a manicure.
Salons often charge different prices, and different styles may cost more or less, so you should call for the final word on price.
The good news is that once you’ve gotten them applied, monthly fill-ins will cost less than a new pedicure.
Half-price is normal and can be less expensive than waiting until you need a new one entirely.
Of course, there are home kits.
And they are far cheaper than a salon.
In fact, you can find many on Amazon for less than $10 a pop.
But keep in mind that you will get what you pay for.
Lower-quality nails are more likely to look unnatural, fit poorly, come off at bad times, and cause infections.
You’ll spend more time replacing them and more money buying new kits.
They’re a good choice for a one-time event but should be avoided if you want to make it a regular thing.
Higher-end DIY kits can be a good compromise on both function, price, and freedom.
They allow you to make your own decisions and do your own toes while also keeping the price down.
Used correctly, one of these kits can be used safely, with little risk of negative consequences.
Always research before you choose an acrylic toenail kit.
How Long Do Acrylic Nails Last On Toes?
Acrylic toenails applied in a salon should last for at least two weeks. If you opt for a fill-in during the middle of the month, then you should be able to double that. For kits, you may get up to two weeks on a single set of nails.
Looking for toenails that last? Then you’ll want to hit up your local salon.
It’s more expensive, but getting them done professionally can double the lifespan of your acrylics.
With the proper care, you can expect them to last two weeks, or perhaps even longer.
For the best results, you’ll have to schedule another appointment for a fill-in.
This keeps your toenails looking their best without having to redo them completely.
For those that use kits, you’ll find that your pedicure doesn’t last very long.
By taking meticulous care of them, your nails might last up to two weeks, the baseline of the salon option.
It should be noted that few people take such care with their feet, though.
The good news is that many kits come with enough equipment to reapply a new nail, should something happen to the old one.
Keeping a few spare acrylics in your bag while you’re out and about, along with whatever polish you might have used, can make nail emergencies easier to deal with.
Whichever option you choose, the time you get is mostly determined by how careful you are with your nails.
Suppose you are the kind of person that is continually stubbing your toe or who lives a rough-and-tumble life.
In that case, you’re not going to have your acrylic nails last long.
How Do You Put Acrylic On Toenails?
The best choice is to find a reputable salon and let them do it for you. If you’re DIY-ing it, either purchase or assemble a kit with fake nails, glue, and other home-manicure items. Step-by-step instructions are located below.
If the salon isn’t your choice, you can do your toenails yourself.
There are many kits on the market that hold most of what you need.
If this is the first time you’re doing your toenails or aren’t sure of yourself, then a kit is well worth the money.
But if you have an entire salon’s worth of powders, glues, and acrylics, you can add some fake nails, and you should be set.
The first thing to worry about is cleanliness, so start by washing your hands, feet, and even your workspace.
Don’t skip this step! It could lead to infection.
Be sure everything you’ll be using is sanitary, and try not to touch anything overly dirty while working.
Once clean, you can shape your natural nails with a file. Soak your feet in warm water to soften your cuticles.
Once your soak is finished, you need to find nails that fit you properly.
If you’ve purchased a kit, you’ll probably notice that there are many different sizes, but none are likely to be a perfect fit.
Instead, find the one that’s the closest, but not smaller, than your nail. From there, you can file and shape it until it’s the right size.
Never go too small!
Make sure that you do this for every individual nail since no two are likely to be the same size and shape.
Next, you’ll want to apply your adhesive.
This should be done carefully since you don’t want to get it everywhere.
Wipe away any extra or spills when they occur.
Seeing bubbles? Start over.
If bubbles form, then the nail won’t adhere.
Once you’ve gotten the adhesive perfectly painted, hold the acrylic nail firmly to your natural nail.
Start at ten seconds, but hold longer if it seems unstable.
Be careful: any mistake and the nail will just come off later!
File and reshape your nail, keeping in mind the fit and style that you’re going for.
Smooth any rough edges that you may have.
Then you get to do the fun part: paint your nails!
Whether you’re a French-manicure type or want something wild and out-there, have fun.
After the paint dries, give your tootsies some love with a good moisturizer.
This is particularly important if you dried them out with chemicals or heat.
How Can You Be Sure Your Acrylic Toenails Are Safely Applied
Hygiene, fit, and care are important to keep in mind when getting acrylic toenails. Always take the time to ensure all of these are being met, both during and after application.
Since infections are a potential problem for those with acrylic toenails, you’ll want to do everything in your power to avoid that.
The best place to start is hygiene.
Don’t have your toenails done in a salon that isn’t sanitary, and don’t do them yourself if you can’t follow those same guidelines.
Fit is another critical aspect of acrylics.
Too small, and you’re risking more infection and discomfort.
Too large, and they might fall off.
If you’re doing this at home, take the time to be sure that your nails are going to fit correctly.
Lastly, there’s care.
If you want an acrylic pedicure to last, you have to be willing to put in the work.
Always mind your feet so that you don’t accidentally bang your toes into something and rip off the nail.
Don’t wear too tight shoes or do anything that requires you to put pressure on your toes for too long.
And, as always, keep your feet clean!
Acrylic toenails are possible, and they are already a thing!
Besides, many salons are currently offering this service.
Thankfully, you can do your acrylic toenails at home.
But it does take care.
So, if you are serious about doing it yourself – pick up my course to ensure you know exactly how to do so correctly.
You don’t want to waste your time, money, or get an infection, after all.
And I’ve made the course as cheap as I possibly can. So do check it out!
Hey – I’m Jemma – a certified nail technician and manicurist with over fifteen years of hands-on industry experience. I created AlmondNails.com to share all that I have learned about the nail industry – from the different types of manicures available, suggestions for wear, recommendations for keeping nails strong and healthy, all the way through to providing the best nail salon tips and practices.