I do.........love bridal nails
Wedding season started a few months ago, but hits its peak in August. As a nail technician I find it really flattering to be asked to do someones bridal nails. And nails should definitely not be overlooked. Imagine how many people are going to be taking your hand and admiring the ring, not forgetting the hand holding photos that will forever capture the day. People commonly go for the classic french, but more and more are wanting that twist or even something completely different.
As a nail client it is important to know the difference in the varying treatments. Unfortunately not so reputable salons have been known to pass off acrylic as gel and also charge more for it. So make sure you're clued up before spending your hard earned cash. Your nail tech should easily be able to explain the differences, pros and cons, but to help you here's some key differences.
Acrylic gets a bad rap. Its used in most cheap high street salons, where a full set is done in less than an hour and often you come out with sore cuticles and your natural nails filed down to nothing!
I have so many clients come to me saying "acrylics ruin your nails" They don't; bad nail techs ruin your nails!
Acrylic is a liquid and a powder which when mixed together forms the acrylic nail. It has a strong odour and sets in the air. Its durable and great for clients who are hard on there nails. You can get coloured acrylic which makes a permanent design, or they can be painted with normal nail varnish or gel polish.
People get a bit confused with gel as there are two main types; gel polish which is just a polish and hard/soft gel which is thicker and used for nail extensions. So saying to your nail tech "I want gel nails" isn't specific enough.
The similarity between gel polish and gel extensions is they both have to go into a UV or LED lamp to cure, they cannot set in the air. Gel is already mixed so the nail professional uses it straight out of the jar or bottle, no mixing and it is virtually odourless. Gel extensions are flexible and are always finished with gel polish or gel colour.
When getting your nails done by a reputable nail technician they should be able to show you the brand of acrylic or gel that they are using, (you could then google it to check its UK safe) and it'll clearly say gel or acrylic. If they are using an unmarked jar ask to see the original packaging.
Neither gel or acrylic is better or worse for your nails, if nail extensions are damaging your natural nails it is normally down to the nail tech over filing or from improper removal.
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See you all end of September for next months blog.