ACRYLIC VS HARD GEL NAILS
We get asked a lot what the difference is between acrylic and hard gel nails. Once applied to the nail, filed and shaped, it is very difficult to visibly tell the difference between the two, but there are some slight variations. Hopefully this will assist you with understanding the differences. Note, all gel enhancements that are mentioned below, refer to hard gel which is sculpted in a similar way to acrylic.
To ensure that your gel or acrylic manicure lasts, always use rubber gloves when you wash dishes or do any housework or cleaning that requires you to immerse your nails in water. This will help to protect the nail enhancements and prevent any water damage. See our home care information
To get the most out of your manicure, you need to take care of it on a daily basis. Massage cuticle oil onto your nails and cuticles twice a day to ensure that your nails are well nourished, moisturised and hydrated in the correct manner. This will also help maintain your manicure as well as condition your natural nails underneath the enhancements.
Avoid picking at your nail polish or peeling off your gel or acrylic enhancements, as this will lead to damage of your natural nails and may result in you peeling off layers of nail with the polish or enhancement. If this happens your nails will become thin and soft and will be prone to tearing and breaking.
If your gel or acrylic nails do begin to lift at all, get them seen to by a professional nail technician as soon as possible. When enhancements begin to lift, germs and bacteria can get under the enhancements and this can lead to nail infections.
Always have a professional remove your gel or acrylic enhancements to prevent doing any damage to your natural nails. If gel and acrylic enhancements are applied and removed correctly, there should be no damage to your natural nails.