Quick Answer: Are Gel Extensions The Same As Acrylic?

What Are Gel Extensions?

Gel extensions and acrylic nails aren’t identical, but they are similar.

“Acrylic is a two-step process that involves liquid and powder which air dries.

Gel extensions use hard gel or structure gel and are cured with a UV or LED light,” Edwards explains.

Which lasts longer gel or acrylic?

Application Process

Though cheaper, often lasts longer. Typically, they usually last longer than two weeks and may even last up to a month with proper maintenance. Unlike gel or dip nails, Acrylics are very rigid. This is because they are basically a mix between a liquid monomer and a powder.

Are gel extensions bad for your nails?

Gel polish is arguably safer and healthier than acrylics, however, has been shown to make your nails weaker over time with prolonged use and improper removal. The gel will act as a bonder, curing underneath the LED light, so that the extension and your nail become one.

Can you do acrylic fill over gel?

Some technicians will tell clients a product is a gel/acrylic hybrid, or a “powder gel.” Neither of those exist, although it is possible to put a gel nail polish over liquid and powder acrylics. As for safety, when done properly, fake nails shouldn’t damage your nails much.

What is a gel fill?

Maintenance: Like acrylics, gels grow out with your nails and need to be filled in every two to three weeks. Your technician will gently file down the gel edge closest to your nail bed, and then fill in the empty area between your nail bed and the existing gel nail.