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Disadvantages to Fiberglass Nail Extensions

Updated July 20, 2017

Fibreglass nails, also referred to as resin or nail wraps, are among the finest products used for nail enhancement. They've become very popular because they're light, thin, clear, durable and natural-looking. Unlike other kinds of nail extensions, fibreglass nails are odourless, very unlikely to cause sensitivities or allergies, and easy to remove. However, as with any type or artificial nails, fibreglass nail extensions have some cons.

Cost

Fibreglass nail extensions are the most expensive option available for those looking for a way to enhance the appearance of their nails. This is due to the fact that the application process can take several hours for both hands. It is also due to the high cost of the fibreglass mesh that is applied to the nails in several layers.

Durability

Fibreglass nail extensions aren't as durable as other kinds of nail enhancement systems, such as acrylic nails. They're specially not suitable for people who bite their nails, or those who work in professions that require frequent hand washing. Over time, fibreglass nail extensions become brittle when frequently exposed to water and lifting starts to occur.

While other types of nail extensions come in kits for at-home application, fibreglass nail extensions should only be done by a professional, as the application process is complicated and the material is delicate.

Maintenance

When a chipping mishap occurs to fibreglass nail extensions, the corrective process is difficult and time consuming. Fibreglass nail extensions also require professional touchups every two to three weeks. As with any other nail extension system, poor hygiene and improper care can lead to bacterial and fungal infections. Furthermore, curving of the nails occurs after a while due to the growth of the natural nail underneath. Experts recommend you apply cuticle oil to the nails every day after getting nail extensions to enhance their durability.

Limited Use

In order for fibreglass nail extensions to be successful, you need to have healthy nail beds and enamel. This means that fibreglass nail extensions are not suitable for people who bite their nails or those whose nails are damaged, irregularly shaped or unable to grow.

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About the Author

Ibtihal Mahmood is a writer from Washington. She began writing professionally while attending the University of Jordan, where she earned a B.A. in English literature. Mahmood has contributed to publications in the Middle East and the United States, including MediaWatch ME, a media-monitoring company based in Dubai, and the Seattle-based "Bicycle Paper."