There are several potential drawbacks to using artificial nails for decoration, including:
- Allergic reactions: Some people may develop an allergic reaction to the chemicals in the artificial nail products, such as the glue or the acrylic or gel used to create the nails. Symptoms can include redness, itching, and swelling.
- Damage to natural nails: Artificial nails, when applied or removed incorrectly, can damage the natural nails. This can lead to thinning, splitting, or brittleness of the natural nails.
- Infections: Artificial nails can provide a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus, which can lead to nail infections. This is especially true if the nails are not properly cleaned and disinfected, or if the salon where they are applied is not maintaining proper sanitary conditions.
- Time-consuming and expensive: Artificial nails can be time-consuming to apply and remove, and they may require regular touch-ups to maintain their appearance. They also require a professional to put them on, which can be costly.
- Limited movement: Artificial nails can make it difficult to perform everyday tasks such as typing, cooking and doing household chores, which can be quite frustrating for the wearer.
It is always important to select a reputable salon and be aware of the risks and upkeep before getting artificial nails done and also consider alternative ways such as nail polish, nail wraps or even nail extensions made from silk or mink which are not as harsh as artificial nails and can still provide the desired look.