Acrylic and gel nails



Artificial Nails

Acrylic nails and gel nails are artificial nails that make up for short and brittle nails. Acrylic nail designs have become increasingly popular with women in recent times. Nail enhancements or nail extensions have become a part of modern lifestyle. Artificial nails cannot replace the real nails, they are used as fashion accessories. Nail tips are now available in numerous colors and designs. Various types of materials are used to make attractive artificial nails. Colorful contours and sparkles add to the beauty of the nails. You can hide broken, damaged or bad nails with the help of artificial nails. It takes just 15-20 minutes to place or remove the artificial nails.

Acrylic Nails Vs. Gel Nails: The Difference

Gel nails give a more natural look to one’s fingers than acrylic nails. They look as good as natural long nails. They are softer and more flexible than their acrylic counterparts. Also, gel nails are odorless as compared to their acrylic counterparts. They do not require the strong-smelling chemicals to apply or remove as acrylic nails do. These strong chemicals used in acrylic nails can cause greater damage to the nails than gel nails can. Curing time for gel nails is shorter than the acrylic ones. Also they require less filling during the application process.
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Acrylic Nails

Acrylic nails are made by mixing a liquid and a powder (a monomer and a polymer) which forms a liquid of thick consistency. This liquid is then applied on natural nails as artificial nails. Acrylic nails came before gel nails. Hence these are easily available than gel nails. It is also easier to find nail salons that offer acrylic nails as compared to gel nails. Since they have been around longer than their counterpart, most nail technicians at salons and spas have a lot of experience about how to apply and remove acrylic nails. Gel nails lose out on this advantage to acrylic nails as they are relatively new.
Gel Nails

Gel nail is a premixed polymer and monomer gel that is applied to the nail and then cured. There are two types of gel nails. The light cured variety is cured by exposing it to ultra violet rays after the gel has been applied. The no-light variety is cured with a gel activator that is sprayed or brushed on the nail. The no-light variety cures faster than the light gel nails and have the added advantage of not requiring the UV light equipment. These artificial nails are great as by adding desired length, various types of nail art can be done on them to give one’s fingers a glamorous look.
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Advantages and Disadvantages

Despite all the advantages, gel nails do have their own drawbacks. Gel nails do not last as long as acrylic ones. When done correctly and with proper nail care, acrylic nails tend to last much longer than gel nails do. Also nail polishes do not stay as long on gel nails as they do on acrylic nails. If you break your acrylic nails it’s easy to fix it up yourself. However, gel nails are difficult to be done at home. Besides finding salon technicians with the desired level of expertise in applying gel nails, these nails come at a higher price than the acrylic ones. Also gel nails always need to be filed off. They can’t just be soaked away. Excessive use of acrylic nails can damage your nail bed. A damaged nail is a breeding ground for fungus and bacteria. Application of acrylic nails involves use of strong chemicals and formation of fumes. Some women may have an allergy to these chemicals.

Artificial nails are available in beauty stores and shops and in nail salons. While considering both the types of artificial nails, one must realize that each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Everyone wants perfection. However, when it comes to deciding which type of artificial nails to go for, money and time become important factors worth considering.

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