Gel Nails or acrylic nails?
One of the long-lasting debates with regards to fake nails is whether or not gel or acrylic nails are superior. The factors influencing this dilemma include:
- Cost involved
- Ease of removal
- Damage caused to existing nails
- How long they last for
- Overall customer satisfaction and preference
The first thing that customers will always look for over anything else when looking at beauty treatments is not surprisingly the cost. It is important to make sure that this service is in their price range, and so unless the customer has a lot of disposable income they will be likely to go for the cheaper option. Acrylic nails are generally cheaper than their gel alternative, as the material used is different. However, other factors can cause the price to be irrelevant in some cases, as value for money is obviously more important than the overall cost unless on a tight budget.
Removing fake nails can be extremely difficult, and usually requires a special nail removal liquid in salons to be done properly. Cheap nail varnish remover will not do the job, and in some cases can be more damaging than helpful. In terms of the ability to take both of these products off, gel nails are slightly easier to remove albeit a very close comparison.
The more pressing issue is the damage caused by having these nails removed and implemented in the first place. All other factors can affect the aesthetic pleasure of these nails, but ensuring that there is no lasting damage from having nails attached is additionally relevant. Acrylic nails have been known to cause significant damage to nails after removal, due to the fact that most acrylics are cheaper. Obviously with a higher quality acrylic this will be less of an issue, but this is compared with gel nails which do not have any issues with damaging the base nail. This makes gel nails superior in this regard.
The overall quality of the nails is probably one of the bigger influences second to price. If you are not paying for a good quality material for the nails there is little to no reason to purchase it, especially if it is cheap acrylic. Laundry lists of problems are caused by low quality nails and so I suggest going for a high quality acrylic or any sort of gel nail.
The amount of the time that these nails last for can additionally tie into value for money, or the time value of money. For cheap acrylic nails they will usually only last up to a couple of weeks at the most, whereas gel nails have been known to last a number of months. The speed of wear and deterioration also comes into this and after a short period of time acrylics normally become discoloured or crack. This differs with gel nails, as they are less prone to cracking and should hold their colour for their entire life span, depending on the level of day-to-day action that they see.
For the overall customer satisfaction rate, there can only be one winner for these two in terms of the full service. Despite being slightly more expensive, gel nails excel in every category and overall look more natural and professional. However, for those on a tight budget acrylic nails are perfectly viable alternative, and still offer a brilliant product.