Gels vs Acrylics

Many people love traditional nail polish because it can easily be applied at home, without any extra equipment. It is easy to apply and remove, so you can change the color as often as you’d like. However, there is one major drawback, it’s easy to chip and damage.

Now here is the question gels or acrylics for long lasting nails?

Gel Nails

Let me tell you about gels first. Gel nails is a three-step process, which consists of brushing a base coat, colour polish, and top coat over your natural nails. With each coat, the nail is placed under a UV/LED light for somewhere between 30 seconds and two minutes to cure. Once cured, the layer of gel polish hardens and won’t smudge like a regular nail polish.

Once complete, gel nails will usually last for around 14 days without chipping. Toward the end of this period, gel nails may start to peel or lift at the corners.

When you’re ready to remove gels all you need to do is soak them off, and you’re good to go. You will need cotton ball soaked in acetone which is placed over the nail, then each nail is wrapped in aluminum foil. After around 10 minutes, the gel polish is easily able to be removed. While gel nails can be prone to peeling, they are known to be more flexible than acrylic nails and won’t damage your natural nails.

Acrylic Nails

Moving onto acrylics! Acrylic nails are made of a combination of liquid (monomer) and powder (polymer) that’s laid over your natural nail with a brush. Once the mixture is applied, your nails are filed and shaped to create the look of natural nails. After your acrylic nails are shaped, each nail is painted with Gels or nail polish.

Acrylic nails provide a hard, protective layer to the natural nailsmaking them durable, you don’t have to worry about your nails cracking, breaking, or lifting while you have the acrylics. However, acrylic nails tend to look less natural than gel nails. These nails are also challenging to remove without damaging your nail bed. To keep your acrylic set intact, you’ll have to refill your nails every few weeks. And once you remove acrylic nails, you’ll have to wait for the damaged nails to grow out to get your nails back in shape. Typically, acrylic nails are removed in salon.

Best nail style for you?

The answer to this question really is down to your own personal preference. If you love natural-looking nails, gel nails are a great choice. They’re also a great pick to help prevent your nails from getting damaged. On the other hand, if you’re trying to avoid cracking or peeling nail polish, and like me cant grow my natural nails acrylic nails will suit your needs.