War on Nails

How to choose the right nail application

The War Between Gel Nails and Acrylic Nails

Have you ever wondered what is the difference between gel nails and acrylic nails was? If you're considering false nail application, you probably have asked yourself this question. Before you make your decision on what’s best for you, here’s what you will need to know.

Acrylic Nails

Acrylic nails have been around, it seems, like forever! Acrylics are applied using a liquid monomer and a powder polymer to create a hard layer over your natural nail. Once the Acrylic is hardened, it gives you the perfect surface to apply nail color.

Pros of Acrylic Nails

  •  Acrylics are very strong and durable
  •  Acrylics tend to cost less
  •  Nail polish seems to last longer
  •  Most nail salons provide this service

Cons of Acrylic Nails

  •  They can damage your nail bed 
  •  Lots of fungus and bacteria live under damaged nail beds with acrylic
  •  Less natural looking
  •  Chemicals they use are strong


Gel Nails

Gel nails have a very similar look to acrylic nails, however the gel nails appear softer, more natural.

Gel nails do not use as harsh of chemicals as the Acrylic, and a much faster process. Gel nails are good for folks that like to wear shorter nails, but can also be used to create length.

Gel nails provide the same amount of strength of acrylic nails with a natural appearance. Unlike acrylic nails, gel nails adhere when exposed to UV light.

Pros of Gel Nails

  • More natural looking
  • Faster process
  • More eco-friendly
  • Newer trend

Cons of Gel Nails

  • More expensive than acrylic
  • Not all salons perform the service
  • Need to reapply almost every time

While both nail options are out there, in the end it comes down to what is going to fit your life style! I personally love the Gel Nails!

We offer a brand called Shellac Gel nails at Harmony Salon. Harmony Salon also offers acrylic nails as well! For the fall you will be seeing more natural nails that have been processed with gel!

If you are interested in more information regarding nail care, please visit us at harmonysalonpgh.com or contact us at 724.940.2262. For the month of Oct, we will be offering $5 rewards to any new customer who mentions this article for nail services!



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