What is the difference between acrylic and gel nails?

There is not much difference between acrylic and gel nails, both processes use chemicals. This is why we never recommend nail polish as they come with lots of dangerous chemicals. Anyway, to make you know the difference is very important. As soon as you to a nail salon you’ll be asked to select one from these both nail polishes.

You can find slight difference between both acrylic and gel nail polishes.

acrylic nails and gel nails difference

Gel Nails Vs Acrylic Nails

Acrylic Nails

According to Donne Geer, co-founder of Hey, Nice Nails!, acrylic nails application process involves liquid monomer and a powder polymer which create a strong layer over your natural nails. You must expose your acrylic nails to air to harden. (source)

Acrylic nails are most popular form of nail polish which has been stapled in the nail industry since 1970 also known as fake nails. To understand it other words, a fake nail is attached to your natural good looking nails using chemicals which becomes stronger and can act like a canvas to paint chemical ingredient nail polish.

Recently we blogged about How to Take Off Acrylic Nails without Acetone.


  • You may harm your nails if you try it at home.
  • A strong chemical like odor emitted.
  • Though they’re strong they look fake.
  • Weaken your nails.

Gel Nails

Even gel nail involves chemicals but difference is that they give you more natural look then acrylic nails. Gel nail hardens when cured with UV light. Like general nail polish gel nail involves 3 coats and after every coat nails will be exposed to UV light.

Gel nails also has methyl methacrylate monomer chemical as ingredient which can harm your skin and nails. This can be the cause for various skin diseases.

Though gel nails cost more they don’t tend to last for long. If a gel nail breaks then you may be in some trouble, you can’t fix it, you need to visit a nail technician. Imagine you’re in a party and your fake nails break you can’t enjoy the party you must leave to get it fix.

Both acrylic and gel nails have chemicals as ingredients, so it’s better to stay away from them. According to Jamie White of Spaciety.com this damage can sometimes become a breeding ground for fungus or bacteria.

Recently we blogged regarding this: Gel Nails during Pregnancy.



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