Gel and acrylic nails are two of the most popular types of nail enhancements available in the beauty industry. Both of these techniques can give you beautiful, long-lasting nails, but they differ in their application process, durability, and maintenance. In this post, we’ll explore the differences between gel and acrylic nails to help you choose which one is right for you.
Acrylic nails are made by combining a liquid monomer with a powder polymer to create a paste-like substance that can be sculpted and shaped onto the natural nail or an extension. The paste then hardens as it dries, creating a sturdy, durable nail.
Acrylic nails are known for their strength and durability, making them an excellent choice for those with weak or brittle nails. They can also be customized with a variety of colors, designs, and shapes, and can even be used to create intricate 3D nail art.
One of the downsides of acrylic nails is that they require regular maintenance to keep them looking their best. As your natural nails grow, a gap will form between the acrylic and your nail bed, which will need to be filled in every 2-3 weeks. Additionally, acrylic nails can be more challenging to remove than gel nails and can cause more damage to your natural nails if not removed correctly.
Gel nails are made by applying a gel polish to the natural nail or an extension and then curing it under a UV or LED light. Gel polish is a thick, sticky substance that can be applied in layers to create a durable, glossy finish.
Gel nails are known for their natural appearance and flexibility. They’re also less likely to chip or lift than acrylic nails, making them an excellent choice for those with an active lifestyle. Additionally, gel nails require less maintenance than acrylic nails and can be easily removed with a soak-off solution.
One of the downsides of gel nails is that they’re not as durable as acrylic nails and may not last as long. They’re also not as customizable as acrylic nails since they can’t be used to create intricate 3D designs or sculpted into different shapes.
So, which one is right for you?
Ultimately, the decision between gel and acrylic nails comes down to personal preference and lifestyle. If you’re looking for strength and durability, acrylic nails may be the way to go. But, if you’re looking for a more natural appearance and flexibility, gel nails may be a better choice. Regardless of which one you choose, make sure to visit a skilled and experienced nail technician to ensure that you get beautiful, long-lasting results that you’ll love.
Something About Baib!
At Nails at 91, we specialize in gel nails using the BIAB (Builder In A Bottle) technique. BIAB is a revolutionary new method of creating beautiful, strong, and long-lasting gel nails without the need for extensions. It involves applying a base coat, building up the nail with several layers of a thick, self-leveling gel, and then adding a topcoat for a glossy finish.
The BIAB technique is an excellent choice for those who want the benefits of acrylic nails, such as strength and durability, without the need for regular maintenance and refills. The thick, self-leveling gel also helps to smooth out any imperfections in the natural nail, creating a smooth, even surface for the gel polish to adhere to.
As a skilled and experienced nail technician, I am dedicated to providing my clients with the highest quality nail care services using the latest techniques and products. Whether you’re looking for a classic gel manicure, a bold and colorful design, or something in between, I can create the perfect look for you using BIAB and other top-quality products.