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builder gel vs acrylic nails

Builder Gel Vs. Acrylic

We love builder gel and we also love acrylics!  So which one is the best for your nails? Let’s dive into the details of how these two popular nail enhancements are done and help you decide which is best suited to your needs. Let's start first by exploring exactly what these products are, how they are made and what they are used for. So, without further ado let's dive in…

What is builder gel?

Builder gel is a one-step system and can be used for both enhancements and repairs of the natural nail. It is applied directly over the natural nails, without any prepping needed. Builder gels come in a variety of colours and textures and are available in either thin or thick layers. Builder gel is incredibly strong, durable and flexible so they will maintain their shape and last up to 4-6 weeks before they need to be removed.

What are acrylic nails?

Acrylic nails are a two-step process, which is applied over natural nails after prepping the nail bed with primer and bonder. A liquid monomer is then combined with a polymer powder that forms a hard acrylic. Acrylic nails are incredibly strong and can last up to 4-6 weeks before needing to be removed. They come in a variety of colours, textures and designs and can be used for both enhancements and repairs.

How builder gels are done?

Builder gel is applied directly over the natural nail without any prepping needed - although it is recommended to clean and lightly buff the nail prior to application. The application starts with the base coat, which acts as a primer for the builder gel. Then, a thin layer of builder gel is applied and then cured under an LED or UV lamp. This process can be repeated to create thicker layers if desired until you reach your desired shape and thickness. Finally, the nails are sealed with a top coat to protect them from chipping or peeling.

How acrylic nails are done?

Acrylic nails start with prepping the nail bed with primer and bonder. This helps create an adhesive surface for the acrylic products to adhere to. Then, the liquid monomer is combined with a polymer powder and then brushed onto the nail. This can be repeated to create thicker layers if desired until you reach your desired shape and thickness. Finally, a top coat of polish is applied for protection.

 


Gel vs Acrylic nails - which are the least harmful to your natural nails?

Both builder gels and acrylics are strong and durable nail enhancements, but they can be damaging if not done correctly. For builder gels, it is important that you ensure the product is applied properly with a thin layer so it does not damage the natural nails. Acrylics need to be removed carefully to avoid any damage to the natural nails. Overall, it is important to ensure that you use a reputable nail technician for either of these enhancements and take good care of your nails after the treatment.

Overall, acrylics and builder gels are both great options for nail enhancements and repairs. With proper application and maintenance, either of these options can last up to 4-6 weeks. Ultimately, the best option will depend on your needs and preferences. It is important to ensure that you use a reputable nail technician and take good care of your nails after the treatment.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Builder Gel vs Acrylic Nails

Overall which is better acrylic nails or builder gel?

The best option will depend on what your needs are and how well the product is applied. Builder gels are easier to apply and are less damaging to your natural nails than acrylics. However, acrylic nails can be used for more intricate designs and shapes.

What lasts longer builder gel or acrylic nails?

Both builder gels and acrylics can last up to 4-6 weeks depending on how well they are applied and maintained.

Which is more expensive builder gel or acrylic nails?

Acrylics are generally more expensive than builder gels as the application process for acrylics is more involved. The cost of either product will also depend on where you have them done and what type of product is used.

Can acrylic nails be harmful to natural nails?

Yes, if not removed carefully or applied incorrectly acrylic nails can be damaging to the natural nail. It is important to ensure that you use a reputable nail technician and take good care of your nails after the treatment.

Why are acrylic nails seen as better for nail art? 

Acrylic nails are seen as better for nail art as they can be used to create more intricate designs and shapes. Acrylics are also stronger than builder gel, which makes them ideal for more complicated designs.