If you don't frequent the nail salon often, you might know whether gel or acrylic nails are the best option for you. Both gel and acrylic have several benefits, though. So before you get your nails done, take the time to learn the difference so you can choose the option that suits you the best.
Acrylic nails are applied by gluing a tip on your natural nail to add length. Once the glue on the tip dries, the tip is cut down to the length that you desire and filed so that it's smooth. Acrylic powder and liquid are mixed as that nail tech works, and the mixture is applied over both your natural nail and the tip. It only takes a few minutes for acrylic to dry, but once it does, your nail tech can paint or airbrush your nails to give you the look that you want.
The good thing about acrylic nails is that they are strong. While it's possible to break an acrylic nails, it isn't easy. Also the acrylic powder comes in different colors, so if you want a french manicure, the nail tech can use pink acrylic on your nail bed and white acrylic on your tip. If you're going for a more natural look, ask you nail tech to use clear acrylic on your nails.
In many ways, gel nails are similar to acrylic nails. Gel can be put over fake nail tips to lengthen your current nails, but it can also be put directly over your natural nails to give them more strength. Gel can also be applied without a base primer, because it bonds directly to the nail. Additionally, it has a shorter curing time and provides a more natural look when finished. Gel nails are cured under a UV light. This sets the gel so that it hardens.
Ultimately, whether you opt for acrylic nails or gel nails is your decision. For many, it simply comes down to personal preference and the price. It's cheaper to have acrylic nails than it is to have gel nails done at a salon, but by purchasing a gel nail kit and doing your nails at home you'll actually save quite a bit of money. So before you head to the nail salon make sure you're weighing all of your options. If you're looking for a cost-effective solution that won't damage your natural nails, you can also mimic the look of gel nails by using gel polish kits at home.