A common question we get here at Metallic Nails is “Does your product work better with acrylic nails or gel nails? Sometimes we even get the question, what is the difference between gel and acrylic nails?
Below is a quick article describing the difference. Both work well with the Trendy Nails Unlimited products, however the application method may change slightly.
Acrylic Nails Basics
Acrylic nails are the more common, more popular choice at the moment. (We wrote a small article on choosing the correct mixture for acrylic nails here .) One of the reason acrylic nails are more common is because they have been around longer and are better known. Acrylics can be used over a whole nail or just a portion to create a ‘tip’ effect. A mixture of acrylic liquid and powder is applied to the nail to create any shape; it then hardens on its own in a matter of minutes.
Gel Nail Basics
There are two types of gel nails. One that needs to be cured under an ultra-violet light, commonly knows as light cured and ones that cure on their own without a uv light, knows as no-light gels. The most popular form at the moment is light cured gel. Even though they have the disadvantage of having to wait under a uv light (and having to purchase a light in the first place). No-gel lights work with a gel activator to cure. This is brushed or sprayed onto the nail. Some are cured by dipping into plain water.
So, which is better?
The results from gel and acrylic nails are similar. They can shorten, lengthen, strengthen and change the look of your fingers by giving the perception they are longer and more slender. As far as the finish, you can apply Trendy Nail Wraps from Metallic Nails to both. Gel may produce a more glossy finish while acrylic will produce a slight matte finish. You cal also do French tips, air brush, or create different types of polish finishes to both. Take a look through our designs to see some of the finishes.
Watch the following video to see how Gel Nails being used with Nail Wraps.
Acrylic Nail Pros
Gel Nail Pros
Acrylic Nail Cons
Gel Nail Cons
Above are just a few things to consider when choosing an artificial nail. There are so many variables when it comes to these two options for new stylish nails that its best to consult with your trusted nail technician for the best results. It really depends on the look you are going for.
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by Metallic Nails on April 12, 2010