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Gel Nails vs. Acrylic - Which is Better?


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Women these days are more practical than you think. They choose products and services that make the most bang for their buck. Take for example nailcare. Instead of coming to the nail salon for a manicure at least once a week, more women are opting for acrylic or gel nails. While this may seem like a splurge, especially to the opposite sex, choosing to use acrylic nails or gel polish for the nails is a more sensible and practical way of taking care of your nails. But between these two options, which one delivers the most value to us women? Let’s take a closer look at gel nails and acrylic nails and decide which one is the better option. 

Acrylic Nails Overview

Acrylic nails have been around for a while now. The product is made from a combination of liquid and powder that is spread evenly over the natural nail with a small brush. The resulting acrylic nails are then filed and shaped to ensure the acrylic looks more natural. A base coat is applied directly to the nail. This will help the polish adhere properly onto the nails. You can choose from a myriad of nail colours. A topcoat finishes and seals the nail polish. Like regular manicure, each layer of polish must completely dry before another layer can be applied on top. Some nail salons use a small fan or quick dry solution to speed up the drying process. 

Features of Acrylic Nails Application

  • Acrylic nails are durable. You don’t have to worry about your nails or polish cracking or breaking while doing everyday chores or activities. 
  • It is extremely resilient and lasts for many weeks, in some cases, months. Depending on your daily routine or the level of care that you give your hands, acrylic nails can last for more than four weeks or up to a month. With proper care and maintenance, one acrylic nail session is more cost-efficient than weekly trips to the nail salon. 
  • If applied incorrectly, acrylic nails can look unnatural. Unless you had prior training with acrylic nail application, it’s best to entrust application to the experts. 
  • Acrylic nails are difficult to remove. If you try removing it by yourself, you may end up damaging your natural nails. To safely remove them, you need to book an appointment at your nail salon. 
  • There are certain workplaces that frown upon acrylic nails. For instance, those who work directly with food preparation and customer or client care are advised to keep their nails trimmed short for hygiene purposes. 

Top Acrylic Nail Products 

If you’re starting a salon or learning acrylic nail application for personal use, here are top acrylic products to add to your beauty stash:

  • Haley Clear Ultra Tips that come in a variety of styles and lengths 
  • CND Base Coat Stickey to protect your acrylic nails from staining during nail polish application
  • CND Liquid Retention is a highly flexible yet durable solution that creates nail enhancements with excellent quality, stability, brightness, and superior smooth finish.
  • CND Liquid Radical is a sculpting liquid for acrylic nail enhancements that ensure crack-resistant and long-lasting outcomes. 

Gel Nail Polish Overview

Gel nail polish is a great alternative to regular nail polish due to their long-lasting quality. The process of gel nail polish application is divided into three steps. The first step is the application of base coat to ensure adhesion of the gel polish. The second step is gel nail polish application. Gel nail polish comes in many colours, so it wouldn’t be hard to pick one that matches your mood, style, or personality. The last step is applying a topcoat on top of the gel polish. After applying a topcoat application, you need to place your nails under UV light between 30 seconds up to two minutes for curing. It is important to use a UV machine as this is the only way your polish will dry completely and deliver that fresh and glossy outcome. 

Features of Gel Nail Polish

  • Gel nails deliver a more natural and glossy finish as opposed to acrylic nails. 
  • When primed and applied correctly, gel nails can last up to four weeks. Unlike regular polish that can damage the nail beds due to chemicals, gel polish presents a safer alternative. 
  • Gel nails are more flexible than acrylic nails. You will not be limited in the things that you can do as they are more durable. 
  • Removal of gel nail polish is far easier and less cumbersome as opposed to acrylic nail removal. 

Top Gel Nail Products to Try

If you want to check our more acrylic and gel nail care products, visit our Beauty Warehouse branches located at Wollongong, Caringbanh, Leumeah, Five Dock, and Mortdale. As a wholesaler of beauty products, equipment, and tools, you can rest assured to find nail care products from the top brands here and abroad. For enquiries, you may call our direct line on 1300 929 033 today.