Gel Nails Vs Acrylic Nails

10 02 2010
If you’re questioning whether to choose gel nails, acrylic nails, or something else, then here are the basics differences between gel verses acrylic nails so that you can make up your mind. One should be right for you.

Just the Basics about Acrylic Nails

Acrylics nails are currently more popular than gel nails, but they have been around longer so that makes sense. Acrylics can be whole or partial, used over the entire nail or simply as tips. A mixture of liquid acrylic (monomer) and polymer, which is an acrylic powder, is applied to the nail. It hardens on its own fairly quickly, usually within minutes.

Just the Basics about Gel Nails

A gel nail is typically a pre-mixed polymer and monomer gel that is first applied to the nails and then cured under ultra-violet lights.

Gel Nails, Acrylic Nails…Which is Better?

Gel and acrylic nails have similar results. They can lengthen short nails, strengthen nails, and make your hands look how you’d like them to. There are some various pros and cons that might help you decide which the right choice is for you. If gel nails, acrylic nails, and other choices are overwhelming you, then one thing you can always do is speak with a nail technician (manicurist) who can help you make a wise decision that will fit your needs.

As far as finishing touches, you can paint either type or do French tips on either. Some people think that airbrushing looks much better on gel nails because they are shinier, but when it comes to looks people vary in their tastes.

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