When it comes to nail extensions, there are two popular options that nail technicians often use: acrylic and gel extensions. Both of these options provide a durable and long-lasting finish that can help enhance the beauty of your natural nails. However, there are some differences between the two that can make one more suitable for certain clients.
Acrylic extensions are made by mixing a liquid and a powder together to form a paste. This paste is then applied to the natural nails and sculpted to the desired shape. Acrylic extensions tend to be harder than gel extensions, making them more durable and resistant to chipping. They are also easier to remove than gel extensions.
On the other hand, gel extensions are made by applying a builder gel to the natural nails and then curing it under a UV or LED
light. Gel extensions tend to be more flexible and natural-looking than acrylic extensions, and they can also be more comfortable to wear. They are less likely to lift than acrylic extensions, making them a good option for clients with weak or brittle nails. Gel extensions also tend to have a more glossy finish than acrylic extensions.
So, why might one be more suitable for certain clients? Here are some factors to consider:
- Nail type: If a client has strong and healthy nails, or a nail biter, they may be better suited to acrylic extensions. However, if a client has weak or brittle nails, gel extensions may be a better option as they are less likely to cause damage.
- Lifestyle: If a client is very active or uses their hands a lot for work, acrylic extensions may be a better option as they are more durable and resistant to chipping. However, if a client prefers a more natural look, has their hands in water constantly, uses/works with harsh chemicals regularly, or wants to avoid the risk of damaging their nails, gel extensions may be a better option.
- Allergies: Some clients may be allergic to the chemicals used in acrylic extensions. In this case, gel extensions may be a better option as they tend to be less harsh on the nails.
Ultimately, the decision between acrylic and gel extensions will depend on the individual client and their preferences and needs. A skilled nail technician will be able to advise on which option is best for each client, and ensure that their extensions are applied safely and effectively.