What are the pros and cons of gel nails and acrylic nails?


  • Best answer by Tasha O.

    Acrylic nails are hard nail extensions that can last as long as you make routine visits to your nail technician. The pros are that they last longer, they are cheaper, and they are very durable. They are also hard to break if applied right. The cons are that with prolonged use the natural nail can be damaged from long term wear, and from the use of the nail drill. Also, with long term exposure to water a nail fungus can develop. If application is not correctly, the acrylic nail can look artificial and bulky. The pros of gel nails are that they have a more natural look to them. They have a different texture to them, which makes then more versatile. The application process is also healthier for your nail beds and it doesn't leave impressions on your nails the way acrylics do. The cons of gels nails are as follows: you have to make more frequent trips to the nail salon approximately every 2 weeks. They aren't as sturdy as acrylic, and they are more expensive. It is best practice to consult your technician to get their expert opinion.

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