How to Choose Between Gel or Acrylic Nails

From outlandish designs and patterns to crazy over-the-top jewelry, nail art has become commonplace in women’s fashion. And while the style comes down to personal taste, the form comes down to a choice between gel or acrylic.

Acrylic Nails

The most common practice results in acrylic nails. By mixing a powder and liquid, the paste is applied on top of a regular finger nail and left to dry by air.

Why Choose Acrylic?

  • One of the most popular reasons to choose an acrylic nail is how easy to fix it is without the need to visit a salon.
  • The results is a very strong false nail which can withstand above-daily activities.
  • Acrylic nails are often very affordable.
  • The removal process, when done properly, is relatively seamless and pain-free.

Why Not Choose Acrylic?

  • Like and process that relies on covering your nails, adhesive and chemical damage can occur to your natural nail.
  • The application process requires the use of chemicals.
  • The result, while impressive, isn’t considered natural looking.

Gel Nails

Gel nails are the newer method and offer a more natural look. Unlike acrylic nails, however, the process involves the application of three layers, each needing to be set with the use of UV light.

Why Choose Gel Nails?

  • There is no denying that the result is more natural looking.
  • Gel nails set faster than acrylic nails
  • There are no chemical fumes associated with the application process.

Why Not Choose Gel Nails?

  • They don’t offer the strength of acrylic nails.
  • Due to the need of UV light, gel nails can not be applied at home.
  • The removal process required the gel nail to be filed off, leading to nail damage.
  • If you break a gel nail, you can’t fix it yourself. A visit to a local nail salon  is required.

When it comes down to it, the differences between acrylic nails and gels nails are minimal. If you are looking for strength, then acrylic nails are the best choice for you. However, if you are looking for something more natural, gel nails will be your best option.

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