Gel Nails or Acrylic Nails

Women have many options to choose from whenever they go to their beauty salon to get a manicure. However, more often than not, if you are considering false nail application, you will be asked whether you prefer gel or acrylic nails. Below are a few things you need to know about each before making your final decision.

Acrylic Nails

Acrylic nails are among the popular artificial body parts used widely by women of all ages across the world. There are also called“liquid and powder nails”. These types of body parts are created using liquid monomer and polymer powder.Most popular salons hire experts who have gained expertise in this kind of treatment. Pink and white acrylics are the types that are more common and they have been around for a long time.You can create acrylic nail extensions using nail forms.

Gel Nails

Gel nail extensions are created using a hard gel product. These are hardened by curing under ultraviolet (UV) or LED light. However, they are also many services involving the use of gel products called gel nails. There are two types of gel, hard gel and soft gel. The hard type, once cured, is strong enough to be used for nail extensions.

Extensions are artificial nails made using nail products to extend the nails beyond the natural nails. These are never made using the soft gels. Gel overlay services are done using gel polishes and thicker gels. Gel polishes, which are used for gel polish manicure, when done professionally, is not only gentle to nails, but also the polished nail stays intact for a long period without any significant chipping.

Usually, gel comes in pots of gel or bottles of gel polish. They are available in many colors and all these forms need curing under UV or LED light. The process whereby photo-initiators within the gel are exposed to the UV or LED light is known as curing and polymerization makes the gel hard.
How acrylic nails are applied

The main difference between the two types of nails lies in the product makeup. Acrylic nails are made by dipping a brush into a liquid monomer and then placing this wet brush in a powder polymer. This creates a ball of product that is then laidon the nail bed and tapped into place. This ball of a product is then allowed to cure for a few minutes before filling, and the curing process then continues for over the next 48 hours.

How gel nails are applied

Gel products are premixed and are in actual gel form. A portion of the gel is picked with the aid of a brush and placed on the nail bed, which is then brushed and coaxed into position. The finger is then placed in a low-wattage UV light to cure the gel and once it is removed, it is fully cured.

Which is better?

Both nails will strengthen your nail and make your fingers look more slender. Nevertheless, they both have their good and bad sides.

Advantages of acrylic nails

  • It is relatively easy to fix at home when they break off
  • When done by a professional, the nails are simple to remove since they are rather soaked then filed off
  • Acrylic nails can last long when fitted correctly and cared properly for
  • They are cheaper when compared to gel nails
  • You have the capacity of changing them whenever you want
  • They last longer hence giving you the opportunity of performing different kinds of activities
  • It is good for those who have the bad habit of biting their nails

Disadvantages of acrylic nails

  • They can damage the nail bed hence creating a breeding ground for fungus and bacteria
  • They can look a lot less natural than gel nails especially when applied incorrectly
  • Due to the strong chemicals and fumes which are involved during their application, they cannot be applied during pregnancy.
  • They require more filings than gel nails

Advantages of gel nails

  • They look more natural and glossier when compared to other types of false nails
  • Their curing time is fast and hence provides great results in no time
  • They are considered eco-friendly because the chemicals used to apply them have no fumes
  • It does not injure your nail by any means
  • They are less flexible and this makes them less prone to damage

Disadvantage of gel nails

  • They cost more than acrylic nails and are less durable
  • Their application requires the use of a UV lamp and hence are harder to apply at home
  • They tend to shatter and are hence harder to fix when they break
  • They are removed by being filed off and in most cases cannot be soaked off as in the case of acrylic nails
  • The UV dryer contains UV rays which are damaging to the skin are known to cause cancer

Though both types of nails can be applied at home, it is often a good idea to get a professional to do the job for you, especially as the fumes emanating from the chemicals used during the application (especially acrylic nails) may cover the whole house. In addition, without a UV lamp, it will be very difficult to get the nails to harden (especially for gel nails).

Which nails to choose?

The choice is always yours since both types of nails can be styled the way you want. Most times, it is often best to ask friends who have used a particular type. Better still, you can seek the help of a manicurist, as there are many variables to choose from.


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