If you're thinking about getting your nails done, your first thought may be to stick with traditional acrylics. However, there's a newer product on the scene: gel nails. These quick and convenient nails are becoming increasingly popular because they offer so many benefits over traditional acrylic nails. Here's a look.
They dry quickly and are hard instantly.
Sometimes acrylic nails can take a while to dry completely. Even if they feel dry to the touch, they may get dents or dings if you bump them on something. Gel nails dry a lot faster. They go from soft to hard in about 30 seconds. Though this makes them harder to apply (Make sure you work with an experienced technician!), it makes them less likely to suffer damage. You can drive home, cook, or even do yard work as soon as your nails are finished.
They last a long longer.
Gel nails last about three to four weeks. If you push acrylic nails for that long, they tend to look pretty chipped and dingy. Though you might pay a bit more to have gel nails put on initially, they're cheaper overall since you don't need to have them filled or replaced as often.
They don't stain.
If you work with pigments, such as those in hair dye or food coloring, acrylic nails may become discolored as their porous nature allows them to get stained. Gel nails, on the other hand, are nearly non-porous. You can dip them in dyes and pigments without the worry that they'll become discolored. This is a huge advantage if you're a hair stylist, baker, or artist -- it may allow you to wear fake nails when you never could before.
It causes less damage to nails.
If you've had acrylic nails in the past, you know what a disaster your natural nails can become after you remove them. While gel nails are not exactly great for your natural nails, they do tend to cause less damage to your natural nails. This makes them a good choice if you're only planning on wearing fake nails for one specific event or a short period of time.
Whether you're looking for long, short, square, or round nails, gels are a great choice. Contact a salon like Nails By Yen to learn more about gel nails. They can give you more of an idea of that way they'll work for you.