Gel nails have a natural finish and are lighter on the nails. Because of this they might not be as strong as acrylic nails but they cause less damage to your nail bed in case of breaking. This makes them more flexible to wear without fear or pain from accidents. Acrylic nails do not offer this extent of flexibility.
Is Acrylic gel good for your nails?
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), states that acrylic weakens your natural nails because the surface has to be filed for the acrylic to bond to it. Because of this, the natural nails become thin and damaged.
What is acrylic gel for?
Acrylic mediums and gels have very good adhesive qualities and can therefore be used as great adhesives or glues. You can use them as 'standalone' glue, or to combine it with acrylic paint (for instance if you want to glue something to a painting, or if you want to paint over something you've glued).
Is hard gel better than acrylic nails?
Hard gel is more flexible and stronger than acrylic, but it's not as hard. Someone who is used to acrylic may feel that hard gel is weaker, but that is not true. Hard gel can withstand greater pressure, and it is less likely to break or crack than acrylic.
What is the healthiest nail option?
Choose soak-off gel nails instead of acrylic nails. This means your own nails are less likely to crack. You'll want to ask for gel nails that soak off rather than ones that must be filed off.
Which is better gel or acrylic nails?
Gel nails, while durable, aren't as strong as acrylic nails. They are more flexible than acrylic nails and less resistant to chipping or breaking. In general, acrylic nails are more durable than gel nails, but gel nails have a more natural look.