(Closed) gel vs acrylic nails

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: gel or acrylic nails?




  • Post # 2
    283 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I feel like they last about the same.  As long as you aren’t super hard on your hands, gel is very durable. I love gel nails, definitely wearing gel on my big day. 🙂

    Post # 3
    1135 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    gel polish won’t damage your nail like acrylics will! It took me about a year to repair the damage I had done to my nails with acrylics 🙁 

    Post # 4
    1449 posts
    Bumble bee

    I voted acrylics, but 99% of the reason I prefer them is because I’m a compulsive nail-biter, and acrylic nails are really the only thing that helps me not do that. I also like them because I can do them at home. Going to a salon though, I like gel better since it’s less damaging.

    Gonna show of my acrylic nails now because I’m a little proud of myself for not messing it up, not gonna lie

    Post # 5
    6798 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    I got gel for my first manicure ever (and last) and while it looked nice, it did ruin my nails for a couple of months.  The top layer peeled off with the polish.  It was horrible.  Mostly the gel lasted about 2 weeks but I didn’t treat my hands with care either.  Honestly I’d just do standard polish if you have the time very close to the wedding.  Acrylics will destroy nails, too.

    Post # 10
    2733 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: County courthouse

    I use Sally Hansen’s miracle gel nail polish. It lasts me about 7-9 days. They have tons of colors and its easy to apply. I don’t like salon gel nails because they are a bitch to remove and damage the nail bed.

    Post # 11
    1614 posts
    Bumble bee

    I have only done acrylic a few times in my life and only for special occasions.  I started to get gel manicures about 2 months ago and after the 1st my nails were brittle and felt awful, after 2 it was donezo. 

    While, I prefer the look of having gel…feels less bulky to me.  I’m looking for other alternatives now.

    Post # 12
    5145 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2010

    Are you talking about hard gels, or soak off gels? There is a big difference, though you can get both done at salons. I do soak off gels at home a few times a year – have a couple LED lamps, many polishes, and researched how to best do them, and to da. I prefer them as they soak off in acetone and won’t damage your nails as long as you properly remove them (and don’t pick, peel, etc) and take care of your nails and cuticles. Both hard gels and acrylics are very durable, but to me do not look as nice (not as natural) and do require a lot more work for removal which often leads to significant damage to the nail plate. Though I have also seen some salons do removal of soak off gels in a very damaging way, so then I guess they are all even.

    Post # 13
    6286 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2009 - New York, NY

    I prefer gel.

    Post # 14
    1449 posts
    Bumble bee

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    BrideAddict92:  I did them myself with some acrylic nails I bought at CVS, they came in that color

    Post # 15
    1606 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Cape May

    I have had both So here you go.

    acrylic – lasts 2-3 weeks and requires a salon to be removed. Pretty durable . Not the most natural looking of fake extensions but I did love having mine.


    gel nails- also lasts about 2-3 weeks. Requires soaking to remove for most brands. Much more natural looking because it is essentially your nail with harder polish over it. I am hard on my nails and I broke several while having gel polish on. I love the way gel looks and feels but I have naturally very thin weak nails and it did thin them worse ( not that acrylic helped lol).

    if you want super tough nails, acrylic will work just fine. For natural nails with an extra layer or two of durability gel is perfect. 

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