Use of acrylic as well as the gel nails has been in trend for many years. However, due to the growing popularity of gel nails ladies are opting less for acrylic nails as reported by several salons across the country.
Acrylic nails are basically the most robust artificial nails which are applied using a powder polymer and a liquid monomer. This mixture when layered upon your natural nail and exposed to air for nearly 15 minutes gets hardened. A hard layer of acrylic nail gives a perfect canvas for various nail embellishments, piercing or mere nail coloring.
These nails have the hardness like an acrylic nail and appearance like a natural nail. However, they need to be cured under the UV or LED lamp to get hardened. The gel nail polishes need to be cured for 3 minutes after every coat.
If you are confused about which artificial nails to go for, then there is a simple solution- asking your manicurist. She must be knowing what kind of nail would suit you. However, before consulting her, you might also like to see a comparison between the two yourself:
Acrylic Nails vs. Gel Nails
|Features||Acrylic Nails||Gel Nails|
|Repair||Easier to fix||Almost impossible to fix at home|
|Removal||Easy. Soaking off is an easy method||Difficult. Need to be filed off completely.|
|Strength||Very strong. Last for 18 days or more||Don’t last long|
|Finish||Look fake||Glossier. Look natural|
|Curing Time||More than gel nail||Less than acrylic nail. Takes around 2 minutes.|
|Odor||Typical smell of acrylic colors||Odorless|
|Shaping||Filing is required||Filing is not required only shaping is required.|
|Side Effects||Harmful for natural nails||No side effect noticed|
|Appearance||Thicker than gel nail||Thin|
|Convenience||Can be done at home easily||Needs a professional|