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Gel Nails vs. Acrylic

Gel Nails vs. Acrylic

Our Nail Tech Classes cover many aspects of beauty when it comes to this area of the human body. Nail technicians will learn about many of the skills and science behind making nails beautiful, how to care for them, and the science behind bringing out their best features.

One of the topics we bring to our student’s attention is acrylic versus gel nails being used as artificial enhancements. These enhancements are used in place of natural nails that may be unable to reach the desired length or appearance the client desires. The differences between the two vary greatly and it’s hotly debated whether one is better than the other.

Appearance Wise

Our Nail Tech Classes teach students about the science behind nails and beauty techniques to bring out their best features. There are many people who decide to go with nail enhancements since their own nails may not have the desired length or appearance necessary for a style choice. The two main types of nail enhancement choices clients will choose from are either acrylic or gel nails.

Gel nails have a glossy, freshly manicured appearance that can last up to two weeks. Their natural appearance helps them to blend in more naturally and be less noticeable. Gel nails can also be applied without a base primer being needed. This is good for people who may have damaged nail beds and may wish to have their own natural nails styled at a later date.

Students who study in our Nail Tech Schools will also learn about acrylic nail enhancements. Acrylic may appear less natural than gel nails, especially if they’re applied incorrectly on the client’s nails. One of the benefits though is acrylic will last much longer than gel nails once applied so they can be enjoyed longer.

The downside to acrylic nails is they do have to be applied with primers so they don’t damage the nail bed. Skin contact has to be avoided when doing this to reduce the risk of an allergic reaction. When applied correctly, however, clients can enjoy longer lasting nail enhancements.

Which is Better?

Nail Tech SchoolsOur Nail Tech Classes cover different aspects of nail care and health to benefit the client so they can enjoy beautiful nails. When it comes down to the wire, whether gel nails or acrylic are better depends on several factors.

Gel nails have a more natural, glossy appearance than their acrylic counterparts. They can be applied without a base or primer, which is good for individuals who may be allergic to these substances. Gel nails are also more flexible than acrylic so most of the time they will feel more comfortable upon application. The downside is gel nails can cost anywhere from $25 to $60 depending on the salon and an upcharge of 50% is often applied to the manicure price.

Acrylic nails, on the other hand, have their own benefits and drawbacks compared to the gel variety. Acrylic is cheaper to apply than gel nails but does require a primer to prevent causing damage to the nail bed. The acrylic, on the other hand, does last longer than the gel so people can enjoy their nail enhancements for a longer period of time. When applied correctly, acrylic nails are quite robust and hard so they can withstand wear and tear.

Each of these nails enhancements has their benefits and drawbacks, but one is not better than the other. Gel nails are ideal for people with healing nail beds and they wish to have more natural appearing nails. Acrylic is a good choice for clients who wish to have longer lasting nail enhancements that are sturdy and durable.


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