You have had acrylic nails for a few months now, and it is time to remove them. After you peeled off the acrylics, you realized that your nails are paper-thin. What happened to them, and what can you do to help them recover?

Nails that are paper thin after acrylics are caused by two things: the first is too much nail preparation before acrylic application, and the second is removing acrylic nails by ripping or peeling off the natural nails. Both of these destructive processes will cause the nails to be so thin.

For better understanding of how these two actions lead to paper-thin nails after acrylics, let us examine each one to see how it is done.

Why are my nails so thin after acrylics?

Your nails become thin after acrylics because you roughen the nail surface before the acrylic is applied and because you improperly peel the acrylic off.

Excessive roughing will cause nails to thin out:

Before applying acrylic nails, it is necessary to lightly remove the natural nails’ shine. This helps ensure a good adhesive bond. Roughing the nails excessively, however, will cause the nails to thin unnecessarily.

In this case, a nail technician will likely use a nail drill with a sanding band. This machine is powerful, and the sanding band is too sharp for human nails.

If your nail technician uses this machine carelessly, or if she has inadequate prior training, she is more likely to thin your nails much more than they need to be.

You are also responsible for making your nails thin.

Physically peeling acrylics off the nails will thin them out:

To remove acrylic nails without causing physical damage, soak them in acetone. However, many people remove acrylic nails on their own. They peel and rip them off physically.

The acrylics and nails have a strong bond. After a few months, it can be stronger than the nails themselves. If you peel away these old acrylics, the acrylic bond on some of your nails is so strong that your nails will be the first to fall off.

My experience as a nail technician is that customers who attempt to peel acrylic nails off their nails cannot stop until all acrylic nails have been removed, despite the discomfort of doing so.

Some do it because they are afraid that if they do not have ten acrylic nails, then all will be off. Others do it because they are bored, and others are unable to use their hands when they have some missing acrylic nails.

These two actions may cause the nails to be too thin after acrylics if they are done carelessly. You see the end result of either one or both activities.

Can nails recover after acrylics?

As long as you do not tear off your nails too deep that results in bleeding, your nails will grow back normally.

Your nails begin to grow at the matrix and nail root, and they are located under your cuticles. So long as these areas are not physically damaged, they will grow normal, healthy nails.

If you sand your nails before applying acrylic and pull them off, it will only affect the growing part of your nails.

If there are no other causes of permanent nail damage, your nails can recover after acrylics.

How long does it take for nails to heal after acrylics?

Your thin nails should grow out and be trimmed in about four months if you leave them alone. On average, your nails only grow at a rate of 1/8 inch per month, about the thickness of two teaspoons stacked on top of each other.

In actuality, you need to use your nails in your daily activities, and you are so used to having thick, strong nails. Thin nails are more prone to being sore and damaged. How can you make them thicker?

What can you do to help your paper-thin nails after acrylics?

Paper-thin nails are also weak and can tear deep into the nail bed, causing bleeding. Thickening your thin nails artificially can help them be thicker and stronger. As long as there is no bleeding, the nail products I mention below can be applied to paper-thin nails.

You can put new acrylics on your thin nails

If you still like the look and feel of acrylic nails, you can get them again. After acrylics, your nails are prone to becoming paper-thin, but now you know the cause of this, so you can prevent it by having your nail technician go light on sanding your nails and not peeling them off yourself later.

You can try soft gel nails

The latest nail enhancement product is available here. Gel nails are similar to press-on nails but last four times as long. Gel nails can last up to a month. Rather than using nail glue to attach the nails, soft gel nails use a high-quality gel base coat to make a reliable bond.

Soft gel nail tips are easy to use and easy to remove. They can even be applied at home in less than 30 minutes. Soft gel nails will be the artificial nails of choice for people who like to do their nails at home.

You can try dip powder nails

Dip powder is another artificial nail product you can use.

Dip powder nails are another popular artificial nail because they do not have a strong odor and are easy to remove from the nails.

Nevertheless, the process is tedious as you have to dip each nail several times in the powder to achieve the desired results. It can take up to an hour to do it at home because dipping, filling, and shaping all take time.

Furthermore, it can take a lot of trial and error to achieve beautiful dip nails.

The good thing about dip nails is that they are easier to remove than acrylic nails

As a result, I do not recommend this product for those who are new to dip nails. You are better off visiting your nail salon.

You can use polygel nails

Polygel nails combine acrylics and hard gels. Having been cured by a UV LED lamp, they need to be filed and shaped.

Using polygel nails at home poses several problems, including popping off, premature breakage, and low durability, in addition to requiring a lot of practice.

This product is in perfect condition. Like acrylic nails, this product requires a second pair of hands (preferably nail technicians’) to apply.

Some people at home may not have this luxury because they try to do it alone.

Gel polish as an easy overlay and quick strengthener

If you’ve had gel polish on your nails or on top of acrylic nails, you know how durable they are. At home, gel polish can be used as a quick overlay and a nail strengthener for thin nails.

LED nail lamps are required to cure gel polish. However, gel polish is applied in the same way as regular nail polish. Gel polish can be used as a quick overlay and nail strengthener because they’re thicker and stronger than regular nail polishes.

Essentially, they are a 3-in-1 nail system. In one sitting, you polish your nails, get a protective overlay, and strengthen your nails.

In my opinion, gel polish is the best artificial nail enhancement product for short and medium-length nails.


After acrylics and various nail products to use on these thin nails to help them heal faster, you will have paper-thin nails.

Preventing thin nails is much easier than trying to fix them.

Take good care of your nails and have fun with them.

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