Gel versus Acrylic Nails - What You Need to Know

Jul. 27
Short bitten nails - you don’t think looks good on your hand? We have an easy solution for you and that is gel and acrylic nails. They are artificial nail enhancements meant to give your nails a completely new look or just refine your existing nail into something beautiful. 
Nevertheless, if they're both artificial nail enhancements, then what’s the difference? Although defined similarly, but these are very different. They have varying costs, lasting power and appearance. Let’s get into what the difference between the two is so you can pick the right one for you.
The Difference:
Acrylic and gel nails are very different when it comes to their cost, durability, how long they take to start corroding from the nail and more.
  • Appearance
  • Gel nails have a natural glossy finish which the acrylic may look a bit less natural than them. If applied incorrectly, they will not sit on the nail right making the artificial nail seem more obvious. 
  • Cost
  • Gels nails are typically more expensive than acrylic nails. Salons charge anywhere from $25 to $60 and can still add an upcharge depending on the look and intricacy of the design. 
  • Durability
  • Whether you get your gel nails done from the salon or do it yourself, they can last up to 14 days when done correctly and will require a touch-up or a new manicure after that. Acrylic nails are more durable than gel nails. They last a lot longer than gel nails.   
  • Corrosive Effect
  • Acrylic nails can have a corrosive effect if they come in contact with the nail bed. They can also cause an allergic reaction if they do. If properly applied using the correct amount of product and good primers, damage can be avoided. Gel nails are comparatively safer because they can be applied without base or primer. However, using the primer can make the manicure last longer and protect the nail bed.
  • Flexibility
  • Your natural nails or nails with regular nail polish are very flexible. With gel or acrylic, they tend to become a little harder. Gel nails are harder than natural nail making them less flexible but lesser than acrylic nails. Acrylic nails are very hard and robust when applied correctly. 
  • Result of Overuse and Incorrect Application
  • Although gel and acrylic nails are a step up from boring natural nails, overuse of both can be harmful to the nail. Incorrect application and overuse of the acrylic nail primer leave an impression on the nail. Long exposure to water can also cause a fungal infection in the mail. Gel nails, on the other hand, may not cause hard impressions on the nails but can result in fungal infection as well on excess water exposure.
    What nail is right for you?
    Like many things in life, when trying to decide between two choices, it boils down to your personal preference. If you are after a more natural finish, then gel nails might be a better choice for you. They cause less damage and are more flexible too. But if you’re looking for something that is sturdy and will last you a long while then acrylics is the way to go. Both of them applied incorrectly can cause damage to your nails. So unless you have all the proper and are experienced with applying them, do your research and go to a certified and experienced nail-tech to get your nails done.  
    No matter what type of nail enhancement you pick for your nail, done by the right professionals and correctly, both acrylic and gel extensions provide the same result: health and beautiful nails that make you happy.     
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