Gel Nails vs Acrylic Nails: Which One Is Right For You?

Every girl knows that no look is complete without gorgeous nails. Whether you’ve tried colour-blocking or experimented with printed nail art, pretty digits make all the difference to any outfit. But not everyone is blessed with strong and long nails. Besides, some of you may even be guilty of sticking to bad nail habits. Hence, artificial extensions are the way to go.

These nails not only make your hands look outstanding, but also give the illusion of long, pretty fingers. However, every girl faces the gel versus acrylic dilemma. We’re here to solve it for you.

Amazing Acrylic Nails
This is the oldest trick in the book to get long and pretty nails. Usually, acrylic nails either cover your entire nail or only the tips. You can get almost all kinds of nail art done on these, from simple French ones to 3D motifs. They are stuck on your nails after applying primer. Once dry, they are filed and shaped.

Gel Nails vs. Acrylic Nails

Pros
a. They are the easiest to use and can even be tried at home.
b. They can be removed easily by soaking in acetone solution.
c. They are extremely durable and last about two to three weeks.
e. If broken, they can be easily fixed at home.
f. Nail polish and accessories go great with these nails.
g. They are cheaper than gel nails.

Cons
a. Acrylic nails can damage your nails extensively when removed.
b. They can look unnatural if not done perfectly.
c. Often, badly applied acrylic strips fall out of the nail or break into half.
d. If your technician uses too much glue, they can damage your skin and cause allergies.

Gorgeous Gel Nails
For getting natural looking gel nails, the nail technician will apply a special primer to create a layer above your natural nail. Next, the gel is applied and dried under a mild UV light. Your new nails are then filed, shaped and painted as needed.

Gel Nails vs. Acrylic Nails

Pros
a. Gel nails dry in minutes, unlike acrylic nails which take a long time.
b. They have a natural feel to them and are much softer than acrylic nails.
c. Gel nail have no strong chemicals that give out a strange, harmful odour.
d. The filing in the process is minimal.

Cons
a. Being soft, these nails are fragile and do not last longer.
b. They are more expensive compared to their acrylic counterpart.
c. If your gel nail is broken, you need to rush to the salon immediately. They cannot be fixed at home and look exceptionally bad when broken.
d. Removing gel nails is not easy; they need to be filed as your natural nails grow. It is almost impossible to remove them by soaking in acetone.
e. Nail polishes do not stick to gel nails well and need to be touched-up often.
f. Gel nails can damage your nail beds, causing fungal infection.

The Final Verdict
We think gel nails are ideal for a big occasion like a wedding. But acrylic nails should be your pick on a regular basis. Ensure that you follow correct nail hygiene and go to an experienced nail technician to avoid infections and nail damage. Also, keep a gap of a week or two without any artificial extensions and let your nails breathe.

Do you agree with us? Let us know your thoughts on this matter. Enjoy your pretty nails.

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