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While some women are blessed with long and strong nails, many women struggle to grow theirs. Their attempt at growing nails often ends in them breaking off before they are suitable length. Other women are plagued with short, broken, damaged, or bad nails. Thankfully, with the arrival of artificial nail extensions, these women do not have to face a long wait.

For women seeking false nail enhancement, most salons offer them two options –gel and acrylic nails. Here is a low-down on both the options:

Acrylic Nails are very popular and have been around for a long time. This process uses a powder polymer and a liquid monomer which a technician mixes and applies using a brush. The mixture than hardens on the nails in around 2 minutes, creating a perfect base to apply nail color on. For this process technicians use nail gel, a pre-mixed gel-like acrylic similar to nail polish. The process requires a base coat, polish color, and top coat, and each coat has to be hardened Ultraviolet light for two to three minutes. A nail glue is used to form a base for both the enhancements, and both require regular fill-ins. While these nails can be applied at home, it is recommended you seek professional help to get the right finish.

Both these techniques help to lengthen and strengthen nails; however, there are few differences between them that can help you decide which is best for you. Acrylic nails can last a long time, and removing them is a fairly easy process which can be done by a nail technician – they can be soaked rather than being filed off. If they break off, you can also easily fix them at home. They are also cheaper when compared to gel nails. However, you should remember acrylic nails can damage the nail bed, leading to the growth of fungus and bacteria. They look less natural than gel nails. Also, pregnant women are advised against this option because the process involves strong chemicals.

Gel nails have a more natural and glossy appearance. The curing time is also faster for gel nails. They are considered a safer option since there aren’t any fumes associated with this process. However, they are not as durable as acrylic nails, and tend to be costlier too. If a gel nail breaks off, you will need to seek an appointment with a nail technician to get it fixed. Gel nails are mostly filed off, though some nail salons also offer a soak-off option. Soak-off is generally preferred since it causes no damage to the nails.

For finishing, nail paint, French tips, or art can be applied. Airbrushing is generally preferred for gel nails since they are more glossy. A lot of things need to be taken into consideration before choosing a technique. A consultation with your nail technician can help you make a more informed decision about the false nail enhancement you wish to get.