What’s the difference between Gel and Acrylic nails?
Category : Beauty
Let’s face it, when you make an appointment at the salon to have your nails done, you may very well need a couple of university degrees to decide if you’ll have a manicure with or without Gelish or if you’d prefer Acrylic nails. So, what’s the difference?
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Gel Nails vs. Acrylic Nails
The main difference between acrylics and gels lies in the product makeup: acrylic nails are made by dipping a brush into a liquid (called monomer) and then placing the wet brush in a powder (called polymer), creating a ball of product that is then placed on the nail bed and patted into place. The product is allowed to cure for a few minutes before filing, but the curing process continues over the next 48 hours.
Gel is a pre-mix and in an actual “gel” form. A brush is used to pick up a portion of gel and place it on the nail bed, and then it is brushed into position. Then the finger is placed in a low-wattage UV light to cure the gel. Once it is removed from the light, it is fully cured.
More about Acrylic Nails
Acrylic nails have been around for a very long time and are quite popular. Most nail salons offer them, and many nail technicians have a lot of experience working with this type of artificial nail. There is also a strong smell associated with some of the chemicals that are involved in the process, which can make the application unpleasant.
More about Gel Nails
Although gel nails have been around nearly as long as acrylic nails, especially in Europe, they have only become common in recent years. This means that not as many places will offer the technique, so it may be a bit harder to find nail technicians who have experience with gel nails.
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Gel nails do not require the same type of strong-smelling chemicals to apply or remove them. Gel nails are also thinner and more flexible than their acrylic counterpart and may be a better choice for women with thin, soft nail beds.
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