Acrylic and Gel Nails are both artificial nail enhancements.
We offer both Gel Nails and Acrylic Nails with Award Winning Young Nails diverse product lines.
Which one would be best for you? Acrylic or Gel? Here is a bit of information to help you decide.
Acrylic nails are an extension on your natural nail. In order for them to be applied, your natural nail bed is filed down to create a rough surface for the glue to be able to adhere the nail extension to. Once this is done, acrylic liquid and powder are mixed together to create the acrylic that is applied on top to mould the artificial nail. Acrylic air dries naturally then it is shaped and buffed and painted with either regular or gel polish. It is recommended you get them filled every 2 to 3 weeks. Although there are many positives to acrylic nails, such as length and durability, they may also have some negative effects. Acrylic does have an unpleasant smell, if you have sensitivities this may not be the option for you. The removal of acrylic nails can be somewhat time consuming, with a 20 minute soak in acetone and then being buffed down in readiness for product reapplication. Acetone can make your nails dry and brittle and the buffing process can weaken your nails which is something to think about when considering acrylic nails. Acrylic Nails are not recommended during pregnancy. They will however look marvelous.
Hard Gel Nails
Hard Gel nails are a nail enhancement like acrylic nails, except it cures in a UV light. You can extend the length of the nail or they can be the same length of your nails to provide extra strength to your nails so they can grow longer underneath the gel. During application, hard gels use a bonder that has to be put down (ex: a protein bond) and a base coat that is applied before the hard gel. Next, a builder which builds the artificial nail and lastly a clear top coat is applied to give a glossy finish to end on. The curing process is used after each step and consists of placing the nails underneath a UV lamp for 30 seconds each time. The removal process requires the hard gel being filed off. It is recommended you get them filled every 2 weeks.
Hard Gel is considered a more natural looking and flexible enhancement compared to acrylic and it can be sculpted and shaped just like acrylic. Gel requires curing inside an LED/UV lamp so it is recommended to wear sunscreen or you can purchase a pair of fingerless white gloves (available at the spa) that can help deter any damaging effects from the UVA rays emitted from the lamp. Hard gel is hypoallergenic, which means it is less likely to cause allergies than acrylic and hard gel does not have strong fumes. Hard Gel is deemed safe for pregnancy.
Hard Gel or Acrylic Nails
All Services include nail clean-up and hard gel polish
Full Set Extensions $82
Overlay Fingers $60 (Most popular..an overlay covers your nail to improve appearance & helps your natural nail grow longer)
Overlay for Toes $72
Pedique $10 (one gel toe added to a pedicure)
Removal Only $50
Repair A Nail $10 per