The question of whether to go with gel or acrylic nails is one on the minds of many women. You may want to try gel nails then decide you don’t like them, or you might change your mind later and go for another style. Before getting gel nails, carefully consider the following.
Acrylic or Gel?
Acrylic nails can be used on the tip or the entire nail. A mixture of monomer and polymer, called liquid acrylic, is applied to your nails. The acrylic powder dries within a few minutes of being applied, and can then be filed down and smoothed to look beautiful.
There are two types of gel nails. You can choose from no light or light cured gels. With the light cured gels you get a monomer and polymer gel mixture applied to your nails, then sit with them under the UV lights to cure. No light gels are available that do not require time under the UV light, but simply dipping the nails in water or spraying them with a solution to set up the nails.
Pros and Cons
There are many pros and cons to both types of nails. Acrylic nails are very strong, and will last a long time if you take care of them. They are also easy to remove, usually by soaking in a solution. They can also be easily repaired if they do break. On the other hand, acrylic nails look fake and must be painted. They also damage the nail more than gel nails.
Gel nails look much more natural and glossy. The mixtures used for gels are odorless, and they cure in just two minutes. However, gel nails are not to be painted, and they are not as durable as acrylic. When you break a gel nail you have to see a manicurist to have it repaired or replaced.
Getting Rid of Gel Nails
There are two main ways you can get rid of your gel nails. The first way is the foil wrap method. Clean the gel nails thoroughly and buff them. Hold the remover solution under warm water for two minutes to heat it up. Soak a cotton ball or gauze pad with the solution and place it on the gel nail. Wrap it tightly with tin foil to create a seal. Do this with each nail individually. Sit for thirty minutes, and then remove the gel nail with a cuticle pusher.
The other way to remove gel nails is by the soaking method. Get a bowl designed for soaking nails and the remover solution. Place your fingers in the finger bowls and pour the solution into the wells. Let it set for fifteen to thirty minutes, then use a cuticle remover to completely remove the gel nails. After removing gel nails, you should buff your nails to a shine for best results.