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Gel Extensions vs Acrylic Nails: What Should You Choose?

Difference between gel and acrylic nails | Bodycraft

How often do you re-apply your nail polish or reach out to buff and file your nails every time they chip off? We get it – it’s hard to maintain your natural nails. That’s why you may want to try artificial nails that are sturdier and easier to maintain.

So what are artificial nails? They are extensions that last longer and look better. The most popular types include gel extensions and acrylic nails. You can choose between the two choices in addition to availing the benefits of a manicure and pedicure at one of our salons near you. Wondering which one is suitable for you? Here’s a guide on gel extensions vs acrylic nails that should make your choice easier.

What are Acrylic Nails?

While choosing your nail pick, you can try acrylic nails to give your nails a fairly realistic appeal. Acrylic nails consist of a polish and powder or liquid monomer combination that is spread over the natural nail as an extension to give it an appropriate shape and length. The procedure involves,

  • Cutting and filing your natural nails.
  • Buffing the nails to make the base rough so that the acrylic can be applied properly.
  • Applying the powder or liquid hybrid mixture to create an acrylic dough. The technician will then shape it across your nail bed to give it the perfect shape and length.
  • Putting a base coat and nail polish colour as per your choice.
  • Applying the top coat that seals the polish.
  • Air drying your nails to perfection.

Every step of the process involves air drying the polish, coat after coat. This ensures that the nail doesn’t chip off and the polish remains durable till the acrylic nails are taken off after weeks.

What are Gel Extensions?

In contrast, gel extensions differ from acrylic nails since they do not use a mixture to create extensions for your natural nails. They are then applied on your natural nails with the help of a gel glue and shaped properly. Gel extensions utilise three coats – a base coat, gel nail polish and a top coat that can be applied on the nail tips. Each coat is dried off under a UV light for around a minute or two. This is done to ensure every coat becomes sturdy and durable, without the risk of smudging unlike regular polishes. The procedure involves,

  • Cutting and filing your natural nails.
  • Buffing the nails and wiping them clean.
  • Using a gel glue on each nail to apply nail extensions based on the size and shape.
  • Shaping and filing the extensions to give them a groomed appearance.
  • Applying a base coat on the nail tips and drying it off under the UV light.
  • Choosing a gel nail polish colour of your choice and drying that layer also under the UV light.
  • Applying the top coat that seals the polish. This is dried off for one last time under the UV light to reveal a beautiful look.

The final look will consist of polished, glossy or matte nails (based on your preference) that will make you stare at your hands all day long! You can also get nails without the extensions as this process can also be administered on natural nails.

Gel Extensions vs Acrylic Nails: Which is Better?

Wondering what is the difference between gel extensions and acrylic nails? If you’re looking to book your next nail appointment, you can consult the technician about the differences before you begin.

Ideally, you need to consider the following factors before choosing gel extensions and acrylic nails.

How long do you want the nails to last?

Acrylic nails can last you around a week or so. In comparison, you can make gel extensions last for at least 14-15 days.

Will the nails break off due to regular activities?

If you are someone who indulges in daily chores, sports or any activity that makes you utilise your hands a lot, opting for gel extensions is a good choice. Since they are dried off under UV light per coat, they are more durable than acrylic nails.

How long should your nails be?

Longer nails can limit your hand and finger movement. If you keep short acrylic and gel extensions, you can use your hands to write or type and even hold products without feeling heaviness on your fingers.

Now that you’re aware about the difference between gel extensions and acrylic nails, you can also check out some nail trends booming in 2022!

Our Nail Pick

If you ask what we prefer, we can provide you with a number of options to choose from at our nail salon. We cater to both acrylic and gel extensions, and have some other interesting nail extensions, art formats available at our Mumbai and Bangalore salons. Visit our salon directly or book your appointment online to make your nails look dazzling, and fresh!

FAQs related to Gel Extensions vs Acrylic Nails

What is the cost of getting acrylic nails?

The price of getting acrylic nails starts from Rs. 2500.

What is the cost of getting gel extensions?

The price of getting gel extensions starts from Rs. 2800.

How can I get my nail extensions removed?

If you have acrylic nails, visit our salon after a week to get your extensions safely removed. If you have gel extensions, we recommend coming after 15 days. In case you want to remove your artificial nails at home, we recommend cutting off the extensions to make them as short as possible. Proceed by dipping your nails in acetone-free nail polish remover for at least 20 minutes. This process will soften the artificial nails making them easy to remove.

How do I remove haldi stains from my nail extensions?

You can buff your nails at home to remove the stain. In case that doesn’t work for you, proceed by dipping your nails in lemon juice for about 10 minutes. This will lift off the yellow, turmeric colour without damaging your extensions.