For many people all over the world, getting their nails done isn’t just a luxury, it’s a fact of life. There are so many different products ranging from true quality all the way down to the fake products you’d often see lining shady salons, that you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who hasn’t had their nails polished at some point in their lives. However, there are consequences to not knowing or understanding what’s being done to your nails; after all, the aforementioned fake products are bound to have a negative effect on your nails no matter the skill of the nail technician applying them.
One of the best ways to avoid accidentally making things worse for your nails is to understand the differences between gel and acrylic products, which are the most common types of nail polish. Don’t enter any salon without knowing the differences between the two because it can be quite easy to be scammed. They could be giving you just any type of treatment and calling it gel when they were actually using low-quality acrylics. As an example, the top of the line CND Shellac Nails have many fake counterparts being shipped out from China, so understanding how gels and acrylics work is an essential part of keeping your nails safe.
What are acrylics and how are they applied?
Acrylics utilise a combination of liquid as well as powder to create a smooth finish on your nails. They are also used when extensions are applied. This means that if the salon is telling you that they’re using gels to make the extension, they’re probably lying about the product. Acrylics are also more porous than gels, meaning they’re generally easier to remove than their counterparts. This also means however that they stain easily, and the combination of powder and liquid often give off a very unpleasant smell. They definitely have their advantages, but the level of quality doesn’t quite reach that of gels.
What about gel products?
Compared to acrylics, gels don’t make use of the powder and liquid combination. Once again, the salon is scamming you if they’re using a powder and liquid substance claiming it’s gel. Gel products are generally applied to your nails as is, and then placed under UV light to properly harden. It’s a more expensive process but it also yields a much better finish than acrylics. It is also non-porous and will not stain. However, this means that it doesn’t remove easily, meaning that it will need to be filed off more often than not.
To conclude, both these products have their advantages and disadvantages. Understanding how they work and how they’re applied is essential if you’re going to be stepping into an unfamiliar salon because it will be easier to spot if they’re trying to take advantage of you. Remember that if there’s any kind of powder involved, it’s acrylic and if it has UV treatment, it’s most definitely gel.