🤔🤔🤔Gel Extensions vs. Acrylic Tips: Which one is better?
If you've ever longed for perfect long, beautiful nails, you've likely dabbled in the world of nail extensions. Women have been getting acrylic tips for years. Remember the French tips that were oh so popular in the early 2000s? While acrylic tips will always have a place in most nail salons, gel extensions are a newer nail-extension technique to hit the market.
If you've ever marveled at Ariana Grande's gorgeous nails, they're gel nail extensions by the way!
What are gel extensions?
If you've never heard of them before, you're not alone! You're probably familiar with the 2-step acrylic process (involving liquid and powder) that uses the air to dry. Gel extensions use hard gel and are cured (dried) with a UV or LED light - just like a regular salon gel manicure.
What's the difference between gel extensions and acrylic tips?
First, know that the two have a very similar final look; the big difference is how you apply them. Acrylics are typically done by mixing a powder (polymer) and a liquid (monomer) to create a malleable paste that can easily be molded into a nail's shape. One of the main differences is that acrylics require mixing as you go, compared to gel, but we'll get into that shortly. The strong smell is another difference. Gel nails don't produce that overpowering 'chemical-like' smell that acrylic nail application comes with. The gel is already mixed and needs to be cured with an LED or UV so the clients don't have to smell the polymer & monomer as the nail tech goes. Drying time is also different. Gel extensions need to be cured with an LED or UV light, while acrylic tips rely on the air to dry and set.
Which one is cheaper?
On average, gel extensions are more expensive than acrylic tips. This could be because they're a bit more natural-looking and don't produce that undesirable scent. Or, maybe it's just because they're newer to the market.
Which one lasts longer?
Hard gel, which is the most common type of gel used for extensions, offers plenty of flexibility to the nail extension. For most, when you think of durability and strength, a softer material doesn't seem like the better option. But when it comes to nails, flexibility is better. Hard gel is the toughest form of gel polish out there and creates a sturdy, long-lasting exterior.
Acrylic nails are made from an ultra-strong material that was actually created to repair teeth and bones! It really depends on your lifestyle and who applied your nail extensions, but both options should last you around 2-3 weeks.
So, which lasts longer? On average acrylic nails do, but keep in mind they tend to look a bit less natural than gel extensions.
Which one is better for your nails?
Ultimately, this is a question that your go-to nail tech will know, but there are a few general rules of thumb to go by. If your nails are hard and brittle, you need products that will create enough flexibility to avoid breakage - gel extensions will likely be the better option for you. If your nails are soft and splitting, you need more strength, and acrylic tips will probably be best.
Keep in mind that sometimes gel nails can be prone to peeling, something that doesn't happen with acrylics, but they do less damage to your natural nails. Acrylic nails are also much more challenging to remove without damaging your nail bed.
When it comes to the great debate over gel extensions versus acrylics, it's really all about personal preference. How much do you want to spend, what's the state of your natural nails, and do you want a more natural look or not? No matter which type you choose, a talented and experienced nail tech should achieve long, on-point, healthy, flawless nails.
Most nail enhancements raise the question of safety. To maintain your natural nails' health, most experts recommend giving your nails a little time to breathe in between trips to the salon.
🧡Creator Roundup 🏷 Beauty Year-in-review
Check out these creators’ profiles to see their beauty journeys in 2020! Creator: @Ren14 “What Stayed🍾Cooluli - Classic 4 Liter Small Mini Fridge Cooluli Skincare Fridge: I adore my little fridge! It feels so good to have chilled serums, especially in the morning! I love it so much that I’m thinking I’m going to get a bigger one so I can add more products in! Truly a must have for a skincare lover! Also, the fridge can warm up products too!” Creator:@LindseyRR “2020 is the year I think we all will remember forever. Everything in our lives changed and things have been incredibly difficult. The entire world had a health crisis, so many of our loved ones are no longer here. I myself am taking a journey with a health crisis of my own but as hard as 2020 has been, it has also been INCREDIBLE.” Creator: @briordan2000 “This year has definitely been a wild ride. I’ve learned so much more about my hair and skin in this last year than I ever thought I would or needed to know!“
My AM routine while rocking cherie merch!
@cheriethanks for the cute sweatshirt! I am obsessed. Here is my am routine! sisley - FLORAL TONING LOTION First I tone and prep my skin with this toner. I love this toner so much because it is so hydrating and doesn’t strip the skin. It also moisturizes while helping to clean and prep it to absorb other products. NATURIUM - Hyaluronic Acid Essence 2% Then I use this essence. I love this brand so much and this essence is so hydrating and light. It helps plump and prepares it for the serum. NATURIUM - Niacinamide Serum 12% Plus Zinc 2% Next I use this serum which I have been enjoying. It is super gentle that I can even use it during the day. So far my skin has been tolerating it very well. I also notice my dark spots decreasing much quicker. LORD JONES - Acid Mantle Repair CBD Moisturizer Then I use this moisturizer that I am obsessed with. It so far has been my favorite product of the year. It’s so hydrating and calming. It feels amazing on the skin as well. Last I finish off with a sunscreen. I previously reviewed this before! It’s from Korean brand Corthe. ^^ what do you like to do in your morning routine?
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Cleansers are an essential step in everyone’s skincare routine, but it can be difficult to find the right one for your skin. The new Aveeno Calm + Restore nourishing oat cleanser has been my new go-to daily cleanser and I love it. ❤️🙌 Aveeno has always been a brand to create formulations that target dry and sensitive skin and this cleanser is no different. This cleanser is great for people all skin types but would likely benefit dry or combination skin most. The incorporated oat complex helps restore build the skin’s moisture barrier and soothe itchy skin. There is no stripping effect with this cleanser, which is something too always look for with your cleanser. Other pros about this product are its fragrance free (limiting any irritant reactions) as well as great pricing. On amazon, you can find a bottle for under $10.‼️‼️ TRUTH: If you are trying to fight acne or blackheads I recommend against this cleanser and try finding something with salicylic acid. Have you tried the new Aveeno cleanser? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! ⤵️
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