Did you know that the Nail Industry was born in the 1970’s with acrylic artificial nails? Back then, acrylic systems were very hard and did not offer and flexibility because the acrylics were originally developed for Dentistry.
The early days of acrylic nails
It was originally believed that if the acrylics weren’t hard, the clients natural nail wouldn’t be able to grow and then the artificial nail would break. But over time, as the nail industry developed and grew into a worldwide phenomenon, it became clear that if a set of acrylic nails was going to last, the acrylic needed a balance between flexibility and hardness. In fact, it was actually discovered that if the acrylic was too hard, the product would not adhere properly to the natural nails.
Acrylic product would only adhere when the conditions of the natural nail corresponded to the properties of the artificial nail. In the past nails had to be “roughened up” with a 100 grit file and aggressive primers were used to make sure that the acrylic product penetrated deep into the natural nail. This is where acrylic nails of the past developed a reputation for damaging people’s natural nails. This kind of product application resulted in complaints such as sore nails from excessive filing, allergic reactions and bloody breaks.