Every woman around the world loves to imagine her fingernails are long and beautiful, but not every woman is able to grow long nails. Some women’s nails are simply too weak to grow long, and they crack easily when they are barely a few millimeters in length. Other women simply have a habit of working hard and end up breaking their fingernails washing dishes, cleaning their house, or doing any number of activities.
Artificial nails are a great way to add that extra bit of flair to your fingernails without having to worry about them breaking or chipping. They are easy to glue to your hand, and don’t require too much effort to remove. However, there are two kinds of artificial nails: gel nails and acrylic nails. Which is better for you?
Artificial nails made from acrylic were the first kind of artificial nails invented. They are made by combining a monomer liquid and a polymer powder, which creates a thick liquid that is simply applied on top of the real fingernails. Gel nails are made in the same way, but most gel nails are mixed beforehand and dried out to create a solid nail that is applied on top of the natural fingernails. Some gel nails are mixed but not dried, and are simply sprayed on in the beauty salon. Both of these kinds of fingernails provide a solid base on which the pedicurist can add artistic flairs and flourishes that give the look of elegance and beauty. But which one is better?
Acrylic nails are the easiest kind of artificial nails to find, as they are far more common than gel nails. More beauty parlors will offer acrylic nails than artificial nails made from gel, and more pedicurists have experience in applying and removing acrylic nails than gel nails.
Nails made from the gel substance are fairly new to the world of beauty, thus putting them at a disadvantage as fewer people know how to use and apply them properly. However, gel nails give the fingernails a far more realistic look, one that appears natural. They tend to flex more than the acrylic nails, and are softer as well. Acrylic nails tend to smell fairly strongly, but gel nails have no odor to them. They also don’t need any chemicals in order to be glued on or taken off the fingernails, while acrylic nails use chemicals that have a fierce smell that actually cause a fair bit of damage to the natural fingernails. They take a lot less time to cure than acrylic nails.
There are a number of downsides to gel nails, however, such as the fact that they aren’t as durable as acrylic nails. If acrylic nails are cared for properly, they will outlive their gel counterparts by a long time. Nail polish also tends to chip off gel nails faster than it does off acrylic nails. You can easily fix any damage done to your acrylic nails, while gel nails are very difficult to repair yourself. Gel nails are also a good deal costlier than acrylic nails, and it can be difficult to find a pedicurist who knows how to apply these nails.
Consider how much time and money you are willing to invest in order to help you decide which artificial nails you will use.