(Closed) Gel Nails? What’s the difference?

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m curious, too, how gel nails differ from acrylics. I’d ask the people at the salon, but I struggle enough with their english.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

bump! i want to know the answer to this also.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I dunno, I dont have them, but I googled and found this

http://skincare.lovetoknow.com/Gel_Nails_Acrylic_Nails

and

http://styles101.homestead.com/artificialGELnails.html

They look the same, expect acrylic has been around longer and gel is a newer technology and polymer mixture.  Not sure about damages (with acrylics, they literally file your whole nail.  They end up a mess and once the nails are off your real ones are totally screwed until they grow out) but those sites may have some more info.  It sounds like youll need a very small tip with the gel overlay.

Just be careful.  I had acrylics in high school for my prom and my nails were so horribly damaged (they were filed so thin they actually hit my nail bed and I bled)  that it took MONTHS to grow them out.  You cant even cover it with polish.

Post # 7
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Busy bee

I had gels for like 2 years and I loved them.  I got them taken off after the wedding (they were too expensive to maintain) and no bleeding or anything gross, just thin nails until they grew out.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

yeah, acrylics are best for long term. i keep them on all the time but whenever they redo my full set, i just cringe at all the glue and how thin my nails are. =(

Post # 9
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Worker bee

I currently have gel nails, and I love them!  From the different options you listed, I think mine are closest to “Overlay on Natural Nails.” 

The first time you get them put on, they file your entire nail a TINY TINY bit…like as much as they would for a regular manicure, just to even out any natural ridges that form on your nails.  I’ve had acrylic tips before, and it’s nowhere near the amount of filing down that that entails.

After that, they basically “paint” your nails with a thin layer of the gel.  I don’t have any tips on mine (I’m not even sure how that works) so my nails are their natural length.

Before I got gel overlays, I couldn’t grow my nails out at all, but this helps prevent chipping and breakage.  The polish stays on permanently (like acrylics) so you don’t have to worry about that chipping either. 

I usually get them filled and cut down every 2 weeks or so.  I’ll attach a pic of how mine look now…please note that it has been over 2 weeks since I got them done, which is why there’s so much white space between the pink and the cuticle. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee

get a french with an overlay, ask them though. as the best version of this is when they glue a white french tip to the end of your nail… and you can have it any length you want. then they will put gel on top to hold it in place. simple, easy. stunning. i’ve had it done lots. and my friend is a nail tech. i am luck and when i get gel nails they tend to pop off on their own several weeks later and i dont have damaged nails. others the gel sticks really well and if they were to try and pop the nails off they would rip and damage their whole nail bed. its best to get a profesional to remove them if you do not intend to maintain them.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I’ve had both… I actually can’t stand gel nails. They put your hands under a UV light to make it “set” but my fake nails always end up having tiny, tiny bubbles.

I think the best is a natural overlay, but since you have short nails– your best bet would be acrylic. They look no different than gel, other than the bubbles & the price!

If you have short nails, I wouldn’t suggest gluing on the french nail tip (there are clear tips or french to choose from). Otherwise your entire nail will just look like a big, long white tip. Seriously, just get the clear acrylics & airbrush or hand paint a french tip 🙂

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Oh, yeah, i’ve been told that airbrushing on a french tip looks more natural

However if you type all day like me, it wears down fast. I go with white and pink powder acrylics. I like the pink powder b/c it looks more natural (it’s not intense pink) and when they do yellow (laying out in the sun does this to them, UV beds, etc), you don’t notice like you would the ‘natural’ color that is more fleshy. when the fleshy powder yellows you look like you have a fungus.

I like the idea of gel nails to help mine grow out, but I hate to fix something that isn’t broken, so acrylics for me.

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

I get gel nails.  I do agree, they don’t file your nails down as much, and I like them a lot more than acrylic nails.

I usually get a clear gel with white tips, or to spice it up, I get a subtle silver tip.  I like the clear gel, as it looks just like your real nail because, well, it basically is!  Also, if you want them thin, just be sure to ask your nail tech to thin them out.  All they have to do is file them down, it’s not a big task.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

I get gel nails – far better for your nails than acrylics. I had trouble taking mine off though (soaked them in acetone which gave me a nose bleed lol) but if yuo know what you’re doing then gel is the way forward! They looked really damn good as well. If it wasn’t so expensive I’d keep them. But I’m on a student budget 🙁

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I am a Gel believer. I was a nail biter and Gel cured me!

I always get gel polish with french tip gel polish. My nails are so strong and long. I even have to cut them down before I go in for my next appt. I can go around 3 weeks between appts. The reason I get such a long use out of them is b/c i get french. You are hardly able to see the new growth so they still look great for weeks. Love em!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Gel manicures are the best thing that ever happened to my hands (well other than my engagement ring). The day before my wedding, my bms and I went to a spa for mani/pedis. I made appts for everyone, but was rudely informed that I didn’t make appts for gel manis, so my BMs had to get regular ones and they let me get a gel. Despite the salon’s less than stellar customer service, the gel was awesome. All the girl’s nails had chipped a little by saturday night, as we were running around like crazy all day, but mine still looked perfect! I’m a nail ruiner, but this was fabulous…do it!

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