How Much Do Fake Nails Cost?

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One of the most common ways how you can pamper yourself is to have a manicure or a pedicure.

However, traditional nail lacquer just won’t be enough because they don’t last.

At most, traditional nail lacquer will keep your nails looking good for a week before they chip off. That’s why other more durable products like acrylic nails are preferred.

But how much do acrylic nails cost? There isn’t a straightforward answer to this, as of course, it depends on your location and on what designs you get!

In general, acrylics is more expensive than simply getting a regular nail polish. That’s because different products are used to create acrylic nails compared to regular lacquer.

That’s just one reason for the cost of acrylic nails. Other factors can affect the price of your acrylic nails as well. We’ll discuss them below, and give you some general cost expectations.


How Much Do Acrylic Nails Cost?

As we’ve mentioned, acrylic nails will vary in price, with many factors influencing the cost. However, to give you an idea of how much the average general cost is, expect to start at around $35 to $45.

But that price can go up depending on what you get. Simply using particular colors may raise the price to about $50. And if you are looking into acrylic nails with creative designs, that price could even double or triple.

Some higher-end salons could easily charge you more than a hundred dollars.

Of course, many feel that the results are worth the price if the nail technician is known to create beautiful and well-made acrylic nails.

It’s hard to fake a really well-done set of fake nails!

It could be very tempting to go in search of the cheapest technicians who acrylic nails. There is nothing wrong with trying to save your money. But make sure that your nail tech knows what they are doing, follows sanitary procedures, etc.

It’s hard to fake a really well-done set of fake nails!

Acrylic nails, when done properly, will last for a long time! However, your tech didn’t do a good job, your acrylics could easily be lifted and pop off. Worst of all is if it damages your natural nails.

Acrylic nails, when done properly, will last for a long time!

Although you could do your research and find the cheapest deals, you still have to be diligent in doing so. Don’t risk it because there might be unwanted complications. Especially if it is unhygienically and improperly done.

Factors That Affect Acrylic Nail Price

The price of acrylic nails varies, with many factors influencing the price. Let’s take a closer look at each one of them.

1. Brand Of Acrylic Nails Used

Many brands produce the products needed to create acrylic nails. There are more affordable ones and more high-end brands.

If the nail salon you are going to uses a variety of brands, they can let you choose which one to use. But many reputable salons will only use high-quality brands. You can expect that their prices are higher than others.

Examples of high-quality acrylic nail brands are OPI and CND.

High-quality brands do not automatically mean they are better. There are affordable brands that can also create beautiful acrylic nails. Nail technicians just have to know how to work with them properly.

2. Acrylic Nail Length

The length of the acrylic nail that you want will affect the total cost. Longer nails require more products and more work, so you will probably need to pay more.

Some may charge you an additional $10 if your nails are long. If you don’t want to pay more for longer nails, you can simply have them cut.

3. Use Of Nail Tips, Charms, Or Gems

Acrylic nails can be as simple as clear-colored ones or single-colored nails. They can also be as extravagant as having rhinestones attached to them, commonly used for wedding-themed nails.

The more products used on your nails, the more you will be charged. If your nails are short, you can opt for nail tips to lengthen them plus use acrylics.

There are also charms, gems, rhinestones, stickers, and other tiny accessories that you can choose to add. The price of such will be added to the overall cost of your acrylic nail manicure.

4. Artistic Design

Another factor that could raise the price of your acrylic nails is artistic or creative design. Previously, we discussed adding charms or rhinestones that cause extra fees.

Even if you don’t use those, you can still be charged an additional if you have creative designs that the nail technician paints on your nails.

There are many different nail art designs that could be painted on your nails. They could use and combine different colors of acrylics to create a breathtaking design.

You can even have them copy a design you’ve seen somewhere online. Just ask them and they will provide you an estimate

5. Nail Technician/Location

Where you get your nails done, and the experience level of your tech will impact the total cost. They’re gonna cost more in Paris, France than in Paris, Texas!

Similarly, the experience level of your technician who does your acrylic nails will also affect the price. Some nail technicians charge more than others because they are already experienced or “known” in the area.

6. Cost Of Removal

Acrylic nails are durable and are a challenge to remove (though you can do so at home, if you’re careful!). Nail technicians usually remove them by grinding most of the acrylic first.

Some may also use the soaking method. This is when each finger is soaked in acetone to remove the previous acrylic nails.

Usually, removing your previous acrylic nails isn’t done for free. You could be charged a minimum of about $15 just for the removal of the acrylic nails.

Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).