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Gel extensions are one of the most popular and loved ways to get longer and stronger nails nowadays. Although every length and shape gives tons of possibilities in the Nail Salon, sometimes the goal is really just to add long, durable tips to the end of each nail or even to provide more room for nail art and polish in general. That's when they come in handy.
Gel nail extension is a process that involves hard gel built on a natural nail and cured with UV light. The manicurist uses a nail form, which is basically a sticker that goes under the free edge (the tip) of the nail, to extend the length of the nail.
They come in different sizes and shapes like a stiletto, round, coffin, and square. As it doesn’t need filling, it’s even quicker than the actual gel extension building.
The only prerequisite is that your nails can’t be bitten to the quick. “For a gel extension, your nail needs to have a little longer.
When it comes to either getting a box of pre-shaped gel nail extensions or actually creating them, the nail technician needs first to prepare the nails (file, clean, and buff nails). Then, the expert applies a form underneath the natural nail to create the length one by one with a gel builder, a gel primer, and a gel top coat, letting them dry under the LED or UV light.
The lifetime of gel tip extensions depends on how you use your hands—for some people, they’ll last two weeks; for others, they’ll last four to five.
To remove gel extensions the nail technician will file down about 85% of the extension and soak off the remaining gel in acetone wrap with aluminum foil and wait 15 minutes. then the nails are gently pushed off the product and buff the natural nail. Removal should take around 30 minutes.
Acrylic nail extensions are the most common type of nail extension that almost everyone knows about! The acrylic nail is made out of a monomer liquid mixed with a polymer powder to form a paste that is glued onto your natural nail and tip. This paste hardens over time and can last a good 3 to 4 weeks.
Pros of Acrylic Nail Extension
Cons of Acrylic Nail Extension
Acrylic and Gel Nails are artificial nail enhancements done in place of natural nails. Gel nails tend to provide a more glossy and natural look whereas acrylic is more sturdy and durable as compared to gel.
|Hardening Process||Harden on exposure to air||Harden on exposure to UV light|
|Toughness||Are harder||Are softer, more pliable|
|Susceptibility to Damage||Can chip on experiencing some amount of pressure||Can withstand a larger amount of stress due to its flexibility; Resistant to chipping and smudging|
|Ease of Application/Removal||Fairly easy to apply and remove||Needs special equipment for application and are somewhat easy to remove|
|Maintenance||Requires negligible amount of maintenance||Regular follow ups are necessary|
Acrylic nail extensions kit are easily available at affordable rates
|Are costlier than acrylics:|
Nail extensions gel kit is much more expensive and relatively difficult to find
|Safety||May damage or breed infection in natural nail bed if not applied correctly||Gel nail tip extensions are actually good for the nails as they act as reinforcing layers that enhance nail strength|
|Durability||Last for about 3-4 weeks||Last nearly 2 weeks|
|Professional Assistance||Does not require any professional assistance||Unless you own a UV gel nail extensions kit, professional assistance is required|
|Final Appearance||It May look slightly artificial||Have a more naturalistic look|