Difference between acrylic and gel nails
Acrylic and Gel nails:
Grooming oneself has everything to do with self esteem as well as how one presents him or herself in to the society. Therefore, in a world where first impressions can either make or break you, grooming oneself has become an essential part of a human being’s life. One such part of the body which goes through extensive grooming are our nails, through which even forming a judging regarding a person can be quite easy. therefore, nail extensions such as gel and acrylic nails have come in to existence, making nails glisten and shine world wide.
What are acrylic nails?
The beauty industry has benefited from the acrylic nails for a considerably long time which was perhaps due to their utmost popularity. It can be pasted over a nail or at the tip of a nail as an extension and it is a mixture of liquid monomer and a powder polymer which is applied over the nails which hardens in a matter of minutes when exposed to air. This mixture creates a hard protective layer over the natural nails and is capable of being molded in to any preferred shape.
What are gel nails?
While there are two types of gel nails known as the light cured gel nails, which need to be cured under an ultra violet light and the no-light gels which require no UV light to be cured, the most popular type in the market is the light cured gel nail. The gel nails are made from chemicals which are part of the acrylic family but it consists of different chemicals and gives the nails a more natural look. Gel nails are applied on the nails in several layers of which each and every layer must be cured under a UV light for it to set. Yet, the no-light gels cure with a gel activator which is brushed or sprayed onto the nail while some are cured by dipping into plain water.
What is the difference between gel nails and acrylic nails?
Whereas the acrylic nail formula consists of a powder and a liquid monomer, gel nails consist of a gel which is made with components which form a part of the acrylic family and yet, quite different from each other. Also, while acrylic nails dry naturally, once exposed to air, gel nails need to be cured under a UV light or brushed with a gel activator or dipped in water.
While gel nails give a more natural and glossy look to nails and also, they cannot be soaked off in nail polish remover while acrylic nails can. Gel nails are not in anyway affected by acetone or any other solvents and therefore, they must be filed off. Also, gel nails are considered the more safer and eco-friendly version while acrylic nails are prone to damage the nail bed and thus create breeding ground for fungus and bacteria. Also, since acrylic nails give off strong chemicals and fumes, they are not recommended for women during pregnancy as it may have a negative effect on the foetus as well.
Yet, even though gel nails are typically more expensive than acrylic nails, they are not as stronger and tend to break off more easily.