What's the difference between Acrylic Nails, Gel Nails and Gel Polish
When you go beyond the basic manicure, you have many options and it can get confusing to know what you want and what to ask for. Below, we'll clear up the differences between Acrylic, Gel and Gel Polish to help you pick which is the best option for you.
Acrylic nails are a more common form of artificial nails and may also be referred to as "liquid and powder nails". They have been around for decades whereas gel nail products are still a very recent addition to the nail industry. The most popular acrylic nail service is the pink and white which refers to the use of pink colored acrylic and a white acrylic powder to create a long-lasting French manicure look. Just as with gel nails, acrylic nail extension can be created using forms to create sculpted nails or tips. Forms are special stickers that are placed at the end of each finger, under the finger nail, and secured in place so that wet acrylic can be sculpted into a nail extension at the fingernail's edge. Thus, each nail extension is sculpted and why this procedure is referred to as "sculpts" or "sculpted nails." Tips are simply mass-produced plastic nail tips that are adhered to the fingernail's edge using nail resin. Each tip is clipped and filed into shape before applying the wet acrylic and the nail extension is made. Acrylic nails are very hard and robust making them a good option for longer lasting wear. However, they can look less natural than gels, especially if applied incorrectly.
Hard Gel and Gel Polish:
Gel nails originally referred to nail extensions made using a hard gel product hardened by curing under an ultraviolet or L.E.D. (light emitting diode) light. However, recent use of the phrase includes many nail services involving the use of gel products, including the very popular gel polish manicure.
There are two types of gel, hard gel and soft gel. Hard gel gets its name because, once cured, is tough enough to be made into a nail extension. Nail extensions are artificial nails created by using a nail product to extend the nail past the edge of the natural nail.
Soft gel refers to the gel products that are too soft to create a nail extension. This includes gel polishes and thicker gels meant for gel overlay services. Gel polishes are used for the increasingly popular gel polish manicures. These manicures, when done by caring, experienced, and trained professionals, are gentle to the natural nail and the polish stays intact on the nail for at least a couple of weeks with high shine and no cracking, peeling or chipping.
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