Choosing Between Gel Nails Or Acrylic Nails
There are a number of different options to choose from when you decide to get your nails done. If you’re considering having false nails applied, you may be asked to choose between gel nails or acrylic nails. Before you make your choice, here are the basics when choosing between gel nails or acrylic nails:
Acrylic nails have been a beauty industry staple for a number of years, and remain popular. Acrylics are applied using both a liquid monomer and a powder polymer. This creates a hard and protective layer on top of your natural nails. Acrylics harden when they are exposed to air. When the acrylic has hardened, it provides a perfect base for applying nail colour.
Gel nails combine the strength of acrylic nails with the appearance of natural nails. Unlike acrylic, gel nails harden only when they are exposed to UV light. Gel polishes are actually similar to regular nail polish – there is a base coat, a polish colour and a protective top coat. Each coat is cured under the UV light for a few minutes. Both types of nails bond to the natural nail, but there are some key differences between them.
Gel Nails Or Acrylic Nails… Which is Better?
Gel nails and acrylic nails give similar results. They can add length to shorter nails and make your fingers look longer.
Pros and Cons of Acrylic Nails
- The removal process is straightforward when done by a professional.
- Acrylics are very strong. With care, they can last for a long time.
- Acrylic nails cost less than gel nails.
- They can damage the nail bed.
- Acrylics look less natural than gel nails.
- The application process involves strong chemicals with fumes – you should not use acrylic nails when pregnant.
Pros and Cons of Gel Nails
- Gel nails look more natural and are glossier than acrylic nails.
- The curing time is much faster than acrylics.
- Gel nail mixtures have not got the chemical fumes associated with acrylic nails and are the eco-friendly option.
- They don’t last as long as acrylic nails.