The Difference between Natural Nail Manicures, Gel Polish and Acrylic Nails

Who doesn’t love choices, right? So, what sort of choices do we have when it comes to our manicures? The most popular are traditional nail polish manicures, gel polish manicures and acrylic manicures. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each…

Basic polish is great because it has no harsh effects on your nails. In fact, regular nail polish can actually act as a protective shield – helping to prevent nail breakage. Traditional polish is the least expensive manicure process, but typically only lasts about a week.

Gel polish can be applied over natural or fake nails and can be sculpted like acrylic to lengthen nails. However, gel polish is difficult to remove. Nail techs have to actually sand it off with an electric file tool, so removal can cause peeling and nail weakness. However, it lasts longer than basic nail polish – approximately two to three weeks.

Acrylic is a liquid and powder mixture that hardens when it is exposed to air and creates a hard layer over either natural nails or false tips. The acrylic nail manicure process can also cause nail weakness because the tops of nails need to be filed before application. The roughness caused by this filing method improves the grip of the acrylic. The plus is that an acrylic manicure will also last about two to three weeks.

Whatever type of manicure and/or pedicure you chose, you’ll want pretty perfection when it comes to your nails; and we nail it at Swanky Salon!