Difference Between Gel and Acrylic Nails - Compare and Contrast Paper

Difference Between Gel and Acrylic Nails - Compare and Contrast Paper

How many people do you know of that would love to have their nails long but have the habit of always biting them? A perfect solution for that would be to get their nails done by a professional. That way instead of biting them, they’ll simply stare at the beautifulness done to their nails. Yes there are so many simple ways to spice up your nails by simply either buying products to do them yourself like for example adding rhine stones or flower stickers. Or adding the newest nail polish like the mosaic effects that crack the nail polish or having wild animal effects. But at the end they would end up chewing the nail polish off and that would just be a waste. The only thing left is gel nails or acrylic nails. Except you will end up with the decision of which one is best and it all depends on the right one for you.

To start things off, artificial nails can be applied in a salon or at home. Since the at home application can be time-consuming and takes a while to perfect, most people prefer to go to a salon. In my case I have a couple of friends that know how to do both nails and of course I would get them done by them. Yes they will be cheaper but sometimes it’s better to get them done by a professional. The reason is because they have both better utensils and materials to make exactly what you would like as a design for any part of your nails. It is said that acrylic nails are more popular, but it’s mostly because they have been around longer that gel nails. Acrylic is a system of liquid (monomer) and powder (polymer) that are combined and applied to the nail. They can be used on the entire nail or only on the tip. When mixed together, they form a thick consistency that can be used to apply tips and colors to natural nails. (Romo) Acrylics are very strong and when done correctly and with proper care, they can last a long time. The removal process is simple if done by a professional. The nails can be soaked rather than filed off. If you break an acrylic nail you can almost always fix it temporarily, and rather easily, yourself .

Now for gel nails there is less filing involved during the application process. Gel nail mixtures are odorless and curing time is faster than acrylics. Sometimes just in two minutes when light-curing is done. They often look more natural and glossy than other types. There are two current types of gel nails: light cured and no-light gels. A gel nail is typically a pre-mixed polymer and monomer gel that is first applied to the nails and then cured under ultra-violet lights. Light cured are still more common, but the advantage to no-light gel nails is less time waiting in the light.

But the real question is, what are the cons? They can damage your real nails in a harsher manner than gel nails can. Acrylics on the other hand take between 24-48 hours to cure once they are applied to your nails. Acrylics can also look less natural than gel nails, especially if done the wrong way and nails can get harder to grow out as well. For gel nails, they don't last as long and are less durable than acrylic. And sometimes tend to even cost more depending on the location. Secondly, nails are harder to do at home especially if you don’t have a still, firm grip for the to do at-home type. As long as the natural nail is properly prepped, acrylic will stick to just about anyone. gel will not stick to everyone and some people have chronic problems with lifting. Thirdly, they don't last as long and are less durable than acrylic, even at their highly cost price. If the gel nail breaks, it is harder because it may either have been a shatter effect rather than a clean effect. If clean sometimes you would be able to glue It back. If not then you will need to go back to the manicurist. Lastly gel nails are filed off rather than soaked off like the acrylic.