Acrylic and gel nails are artificial nail enhancements done in place of natural nails. Gel nails tend to provide a more glossy and natural look whereas acrylic are more sturdy and durable as compared to gel.
Acrylic nails are made by a combination of powder polymer and liquid monomer. What happens is that these substances put together create a very hard thick layer over the top of your natural nail. The product hardens as it is exposed to air. Acrylic can come in the form of powder or thick paste.
Below you can find the pros and cons for using acrylic.
- Very hard and very robust
- Acrylic nails last for a long time
- Provide a great canvas for you to apply nail polish and color
- You can easily fix it at home if you break your acrylic nail
- Acrylic nails look less natural than gel nails
- If applied incorrectly, acrylic nails look awful
- The application process involves chemicals and fumes
- Acrylic nails can damage your nail bed
- Not easy to remove
- Expensive compared to a normal manicure
Over the past few years, the idea of having a gel manicure has become more and more prevalent in our society. The nails look good, shiny, natural and easily changeable.
Here is a list with pros and cons for gel manicure.
- Long Lasting
- Quick Drying Time – For anyone who goes to the salon in a rush, the gel mani might be perfect.
- No smudges – Besides the fact that this manicure will be dry before your very eyes, it will be entirely smudge free.
- Can Lengthen Short Nails – Studies have shown that women who wear nail polish, especially gel nail polish, tend to have faster growth rates for their nails
- Expensive – When compared to a typical mani
- UV Rays
- The Removal Process
Now that you have all the information you need, it’s up to you to choose what kind of nails you want!