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Gel Nails vs. Acrylic Nails

Alpha Brush

Posted on July 23 2019

Whether you’re interested in Acrylics or Gel, they both have plenty of good things and bad things about them.

We’re here to let you know a few of these pros and cons!

Acrylic Nails:

Acrylics are essentially ‘fake nails’. They’re the most popular artificial nail. Many of you know, but just Incase you don’t... Acrylics are created by dipping your Alpha Brush into liquid monomer, and while it’s still wet you’ll collect a bead of powder polymer. Once this bead is on your brush it’s placed on the nail (with or without forms, possibly with a tip) and shaped with your brush and more liquid monomer.

Pros:
    • These enhancements are very strong. They can withstand quite a lot which is good for people who tend to be rough with their nails.
    • You have so many options, from shape, to length, to color, to designs.
    • Acrylics can last a while. Depending on how fast your nails grow, you can make it 2-4 weeks before needing a fill.
Cons:
    • If applied incorrectly they could cause damage and infections.
    • MMA can be easily applied to your nails instead of EMA, which is illegal and can cause permanent damage.
    • Due to your nails being long, they’re more at risk to get things under them.

 

Gel Nails:

Gel Nails are quite popular as well and most salons tend to do it/them. Again, many of you know but just in case...When it comes to gel, you can use a form or tip, or not. You will apply two or three layers, and cure each layer with a UV lamp. Once this is cured you’ll file and polish them. If the gel is colored you may just need to use a top coat.

Pros:
    • These nails are cured under UV light while means they dry very quickly.

    • Gel has no odor.

    • No damage should occur to the nail bed when these are removed, if applied properly.

      Cons:
        • Due to a UV light being involved, some say there are possibilities this could lead to skin cancer and early aging skin.

        • These cannot be soaked off, the only way to get off this gel is essentially to file off the gel.

        • Gel tends to be more expensive than other manicure services.

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