Acrylic vs gel nails this is a question a lot of people want to know. What is best. Both have their good and bad points!
I personally did not offer this when I had the salon, but I have a lot of knowledge in this area as I did training in it but decided it wasn't for me. Personally I much prefer the good old fashioned manicure.
Clients used to ask me what the difference was between the two as they got confused so with that in mind. Let's explore Gel vs Acrylic Nails and go through the pros and cons of both and then you can make up your mind.
Okay lets look at the term "artificial". These are not a replacement, but act as an extension.
They were originally created to enhance the look of your own nail and encourage it to grow underneath the extension, so that when the extension was removed natural growth was underneath.
There are two main approaches to creating the extensions: tips and forms. Tips are made of lightweight plastic plates that are "nail"-shaped.
They are glued on the end of the natural nail and acrylic is then applied over the entire nail. Okay well I thing we need to explore the Difference between Acrylic and Gel Nails.
Acrylic is a resin. Forms are fitted over the nail and then an artificial nail is molded out of acrylic and the form is removed and then it is properly shaped and buffed to a shine. And that is then the finished nail enhancement.
There are several popular techniques that can be used to createlonger, better-looking nail enhancements. One popular material commonly called "acrylics" is a mixture of a polymer powder and a liquid monomer (e.g. ethylmethacrylate).
The mixture starts to harden in 30-40 seconds after application and continues to cure to final hardness typically within fifteen minutes.
Powder and liquid acrylic nails can be removed by using a variety of solvents (usually acetone is used). It takes 15 to 20 minutes to remove acrylic nails.
Now that is in theory but is not always the case as I witnessed with a client that phoned me pleading with me to take these nail extensions of. That's another story for later and one of my reasons as to why I prefer the traditional manicure. Okay now we can look at another theory of acrylic vs gel.
It is also known as "UV Top Coat" (in correct chemical terms a polymer resin) hardens under ultraviolet light. Depending on brand these can show a broader variety of quality and properties (flexibility, strength, etc.) but may be more expensive. I do think they look more natural though.
They generally cannot be removed by organic solvents, but can only be removed by filing (or left to grow out with the natural nail). However technology is changing. Some companies say they have a product to remove them, for example... Creative Nail Design's Shellac Polish
In my experience, I don't like either, as I said above I prefer the good old fashioned manicure, but this is just my opinion, you will have your own...
I do think though if done correctly both are cosmetically pleasing especially the gel. The gel nails do look great, so if I had to choose then I would say Gel...Unfortunately I have seen a nail technician who was not so professional, you should have seen my friend's fingers.
It resulted in my friend's own nail being filed, as opposed to filing of the gel. My friend started to feel her nails burning and it resulted in the nail plate being nearly down to the flesh underneath.
Her nails were spliting all over and this is dangerous as infections can occur. But I do know for a fact there are a lot of good nail technicians out there...So my hat of to you guys...
If only we were all the same. As I said when it comes down to my opinion on Acrylic vs Gel Nails I don't like either. I like growing my own nails...I personally don't like the feel of something other than polish on top of my nails.
See that is the thing a lot of my clients were like me, but I do appreciate we are all different which is cool...all down to personal opinion when it comes to that question acrylic vs gel nails...
These are possible alternatives for those who are allergic to chemicals used in the acrylic or gel process. Other materials can be used, as well as combinations of them.
There are also temporary, cheaper flexible tips that can be quickly glued at home without the help from a professional.
There are known as Fiberglass and Silk Wraps. Plus a new trend is the gel nail polishes, a lot of nail salon offer this. Polish that doesn't chip etc...and can last 6 - 8 weeks...pretty good. It is gel based and needs to be bonded to the nails with the uv light...Creative nail design brought out the Shellac Gel Polish below is a wee video explaining more..
So I hope you ahve enjoyed reading about my opinion and take on Acrylic and Gel Nails...