ACRYLIC NAILS VS GEL NAILS WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
Fake nails are a work of art, a special occasion treat, and to some, an absolute necessity. To most women, they are a true miracle of chemistry, and chances are those who aren’t already on the long nail wagon have thought of jumping on board. When it comes to getting nails done, ladies have a wide range of options when they hit the salon. If you are considering getting nail extensions, you may be asked to choose between acrylic nails and gel nails, which are the two basic types of artificial nails. Before you go ahead and decide which kind you want, here are a few things you need to know about the two nail wraps.
Acrylic nails. This type of nail enhancements have been the colorful, creative staple in the fashion industry for years, and still a lot of popularity to date. They are applied using a liquid monomer that is mixed with a powder polymer into a blob of dough just before application. This blob is shaped onto your nail using a brush, and then air dried. The result is a hard protective layer over your natural nails that provides a perfect canvas for nail color application. To get that perfect, consistent mix ratio or chemical blend, nail professionals have to spend dozens, or even hundreds, of hours practicing the skill. This is to ensure that the acrylic mixture does not end up too wet nor too dry.
Gel nails. After years of domination by acrylic nails, gel nails are creating quite a buzz in the fashion world and staging to take over. This type of nail wraps are like the traditional manicure, but with a twist. Unlike acrylic, the thick goopy gel comes in a pot or bottle, but never mixed on the spot. They also only harden when exposed to UV light. Gel polishes have a base coat, polish color, and a top coat, just like nail polish, and each coat has to be cured under UV light for about two to three minutes. When done, gel nails look like natural nails and provide the strength of acrylic nails.