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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

What's the Difference Between Acrylic & Gel Nails?

By Alice Seba

The Hot Mama Makeover has reached the hands of many deserving moms and
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One question that a number of moms who have read the guide have asked me is “What’s the difference between acrylic and gel nails?” Here are some comparisons to help you decide which works best for you.

Acrylic nails - Composed of 2 parts: liquid and powder
- Take a bit longer than gels to dry
- Most are stronger, but can break due to lack of flexibility
- Cost less than gels
- Requires filling every 2-3 weeks depending on how quickly your nails grow

Gel Nails
- More natural looking
- Limited filing required reducing the risk of burns/cuts
- Dry with a UV lamp - Quick to dry, but the whole application process takes longer
- Lifting can occur if you have oily nails or live in a humid environment
- Cost is higher than acrylics
- Also require filling every 2-3 weeks

Most nail salons offer both options. Always talk with your nail technician about any concerns you have beforehand. Choose the option that works best for you and enjoy you’re pretty, new nails, you Hot Mama, you! ;) ------

Alice Seba is the author of Hot Mama Makeover, a free guide to help moms feel a little bit sexier and whole lot more confident.

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  1. Just a couple of comments (although your information here is more accurate than most people's explanations of the differences!)

    Both acrylic and gel can look "natural" - depends on the skill of the person applying them (both can look unnatural too!)

    The same amount of filing is required for either type - don't know why people file so heavily for acrylics - it isn't necessary.

    Lifting can occur with acrylic or gels and more the same reasons.

    The main thing to take away is to go to a reputable salon with a skilled technician for ANY nail service.

    Jessie Burkhardt
    Sales/Marketing Coordinator for NSI

  2. Thanks for your input Jessie. Professional advice is always welcome.

  3. Interesting!

    Thanks for sharing.


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