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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Hugely Popular Gel Nails Are Here to Stay

Gel or acrylic?

If you're headed to the salon to get your nails done, you certainly have a lot of options. Many women opt for false nails over natural manicures because of issues with their own problem nails, daily activities that cause natural nails to frequently break, uneven or too-short nail length, or compulsive habits like nail-biting. Others just simply like the look better, or desire certain designs (like airbrushing and rhinestone application) that are much more difficult to do on natural nails. If you decide to have false nails applied to your natural nails, the question you must ultimately answer is: gel or acrylic?

Acrylics have been a staple in the beauty industry since the 1950s. For more than five decades acrylics were the only option for women who hoped to improve the appearance of their nails by applying false nails. Acrylic nails are applied by filing down the natural nail then adding a false nail over top with acrylic. The acrylic hardens when exposed to air, creating a hard, protective layer over your natural nail that is perfect for applying nail polish and designs.

Gel nails are still relatively new, but they have already become hugely popular. Many prefer them because they provide the strength and longevity of acrylic nails but with the appearance of natural nails, and are also less damaging to the natural nail itself. Gel nails have a faster curing time than acrylics and are also a safer, more eco-friendly option because they don't use the same toxic chemicals that acrylics do.

Gel nails are done in three coats, each of which must be cured under a UV light. At Big Daddy Beauty we carry a full line of gel nail systems including Gelish, the optimal choice for professional-quality gel nails. Unlike other gel nail systems, Gelish is applied like normal nail polish (instead of with a brush and pot), and is also much easier to remove (the only criticism most consumers have with gel nails is how hard they are to remove). We carry over 70 different colors of Gelish polish as well as their full line of gel nail products and UV/LED lamps for a complete do-it-yourself gel nail manicure!

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  1. when it says nails, i think of products and accessories. and amazing that most store right now are using touch screen for POS.