Acrylic Nails vs. Gel Nails

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Acrylic Nails vs. Gel Nails

Every day we have more options to look our best. Nevertheless is very important to know exactly what is and which option is better to any particular case.

When it comes to our nails care, the best resource to clear our doubts is Joaquin Manuel Vega from Avant-Garde Salon & Spa in Miami.

“We all know that acrylic and gel nails are artificial nail enhancements done in place of natural nails. Gel nails tend to provide a more glossy and natural look whereas acrylic are more sturdy and durable as compared to gel” explained Joaquin Manuel.

Let’s talk about:

  • Appearance & Durability


I have to admit that when it comes to appearance I prefer the gel nails over acrylic. Gel nails tend to have a more natural and glossy appearance as compared to acrylic. On the other hand, acrylic nails are very sturdy and in term of durability if it’s applied correctly and with proper care, may last much longer than gel nails.

  • Differences in Application

Acrylic nails- The acrylic nails are attached to the nails and their manicure technique involves the application of primer or glue like substance initially on the nails. Then an artificial acrylic nail is put on top of the existing nail. The curing time is generally slower for as compared to gel nails. If properly applied with the correct quantity, and primers, it won’t damage the nail‘s bed. However, skin contact needs to be avoided to reduce the risk of allergic reaction.

Gel nails-   The gel nails are cured under uv-light; some cure with a gel activator and do not require uv-light (no-light gels). Gel nails can be applied with or without a base or primer. (CND GEL uses a non-acid primer to bond the gel to the nail). If primer is applied correctly, it does not damage the nail bed.

  • How to remove it

Very important, visit your manicurist if you want to remove either one; acrylic or gel.  “Both acrylic and gel nails requires professional help for better results” added Joaquin Manuel. Nails can also be soaked rather than filed off, which is a fairly popular technique these days.

  • Cost

Acrylic nails are generally cheaper than gel nail application.

  • Comfort

Most people do not like acrylic nails because of the uneasiness that follows to the cuticle. Gel nails, on the other hand, are just like a gel and take their shape themselves and hence are very easy on the hands.

  • Flexibility

Acrylic nails are hard and also look thicker than gel nails. Any stress applied to acrylic nails can hurt the original nail. Gel nails are flexible and not hard on the touch.

  • After Effect

Overuse and incorrect application of primer in acrylic nails can cause damage to the nail bed and leave an impression on the nails. Prolonged exposure to water may result in fungal infection.

“In general, gel nails applied without a primer leave no hard impressions. Overuse and incorrect application of primer can cause damage to the nail bed and leave an impression on the nails. Very important to have in mind that prolonged exposure to water may result in fungal infection”, pointed out Joaquin Manuel.

Call 305-442-8136 and make your appointment, you will have a beautiful nails always.


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