My natural nails are long, about 1 1/2 inches from base of nail to tip. What's best option to keep them strong and beautiful? I used to get a glue and powder mix (no acrylic) that could be soaked off with acetone and it didn't injure or weaken my nails at all. It also held red color for a full two weeks. I cannot seem to find anyone that can do it. My old nail tech had a baby and stopped working. Most salons slap acrylic on and I do not want that. What options are there? Is anything as effective or better than the glue and powder mix? Should I just continue my search for a salon that can do my glue and powder?