Be it a high fashion cocktail party, a warm and firm handshake with your superiors at work or a pat on the cheeks of any cute, little kid you meet; the first thing people are going to notice about you are your nails. And what better way to catch the eyeballs other than using false/fake nails. Over the past two decades, usage of fake nails and nail arts have become as common and as popular as tattoos.
In fact, fake nails remain one of the most economical and pain free mode of body art. But, whenever you decide to have a go at them, you’d be thrown with two questions – whether to go for acrylic or gel nails?
Acrylic nails, the more popular one between the two, automatically hardens when it is exposed to air. A liquid monomer is applied to your natural nails which is followed by the application of powder polymer to let the fake nail get attached to the natural one quickly.
Whereas, gel nails require the use of base coat, colour polish and a top coat to stick up with your natural nail. Acrylic nail takes up the hard exterior only after being exposed to UV light. Hence, each coat (layer) is treated in UV light for a couple of minutes.
Both the nails give your nail a slenderer and attractive look. But, there remains a few differences between the two. Take a look:
Acrylic Nails: These nails can last up to 7-8 months without any trouble and thus save you a huge amount of money.
Gel Nails: These nails need to be repaired/fixed/changed within a fortnight or latest by a month. Hence, not an economical option.
Acrylic Nails: They can be soaked off to remove easily.
Gel Nails: They need constant filing. Some soak versions are available are not that skin or pocket friendly.
Acrylic Nails: Fixing a broken nail at home is quite easy. A glue is your best ally to fix a broken nail.
Gel Nails: No matter how hard you try, to get that complete nail look you’ll have to go to a manicurist every time your nail breaks.
Now this is not something that we would want you to spend time thinking or debating about. We hope that this small list of the pros and cons of both types of nails might have given you a better picture.
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