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Shellac Manicure vs Acrylic Nails

Shellac Manicure vs Acrylic Nails

What is the difference between Shellac & Acrylic Nails?

For so many years acrylic nails have been one of the most popular nail services. Although it still is one of the most popular nail services today other nail services are quickly gaining popularity over acrylic. One of these services is the Shellac Manicure. Because the Shellac Manicure has gained so much popularity many women have been asking what the difference is between the two. The fact is that the two services are so different that really the only thing that they have in common is that they both go on the nail.

Shellac Basics

Lets cover the basics of a Shellac Manicure. When you go to the salon to get a shellac manicure you will expect a few things.

  1. Your nail will not be ruffed up or filed in order for the shellac to be applied.
  2. The process will remind you of a manicure.
  3. Each layer of shellac will be cured in a uv lamp.
  4. Shellac goes on the nail like polish.
  5. You have instant dry time with shellac.
  6. Your nail lasts for at least 14 days.
  7. Shellac does not harm the nail.
  8. The removal process is simple and takes roughly 10 – 15 minutes. There are no files used when removing Shellac.
  9. Shellac is a lot like a nail polish. It can’t be used to add length to nails.

Acrylic Basics

Lets cover the basics of Acrylic Nails. When you go to the salon to get Acrylic Nails you should expect a few things.

  1. You will see a nail file. Your nails will be filed.
  2. Acrylic nails must use bonding agents to attach the fake nail to the natural nail.
  3. Removal of the nail will require filing and can damage the natural nail.
  4. Acrylic nNails last much longer than Shellac and can be extended with basic fill ins.
  5. Acrylic nails can turn the nail yellow.
  6. Acrylic nails are an artificial nail. Often times acrylic nails are used to increase the length of the nails.

See For Yourself

Here is a video tutorial showing the complete Shellac process. If you have ever received acrylic nails, then this will help you see the difference between the two.

One Response to Shellac Manicure vs Acrylic Nails

  1. cristina urias on February 23, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    quisiera tomar el curso de la aplicacion de este metodo de gel permanente
    vivo en guadalajara, jalisco, mexico.

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