- 12 years ago
- Wedding: July 2008
Take it as a compliment that they discouraged you from getting acrylics done. They’re perfectly fine for people who can’t grow nails, but honestly, if you have fairly strong nails, all you need is polish. I was a manicurist and the only time I had ever worn these nails was when I was taking a class or competing. I’m such a dork, no matter what I do, I have to go to competitions.
Solar nails are a fancy term for uv cured gels (hence the solar). And yes, typically, they last longer. Honestly, if you go to truly skilled and educated manicurist, you shouldn’t ever have to have new sets put on (outside of you waiting too long to have a fill). I worked in the industry for several years and rarely had to put a brand new set on a person. It actually takes us longer to file and fill than it does to start from scratch. The solars are also more flexible and give more. Thus, if you need your nails to bend, yes they will hold up longer. However, acrylics have always been stronger as far as hardness goes.
As far as things turning yellow, I should warn all the brides out there, avoid applying strong sun block on your own near the wedding. Some of the sunblocks out there turn acrylic and gel nails yellow very quickly. I’ve even seen bullfrog sunblock cause major lifting. Try to find a sunblock with mexoryl (ecamsule), which blocks sun, but I’ve yet to see it cause problems with lifting acrylic nails. It was recently approve by the FDA for sale in the US (it’s been available around the world for years). You’ll probably find it through L’oreal, but I believe many others now produce it as well.