Every person loves to pamper themselves every once and a while, especially with a good manicure. Getting your nails done is a form of relaxation as well as good proper care for your nails. There are many different manicure options to choose from, including gel polish and regular nail polish. With the breakdown of the pros and cons of both, you will realize which is best for you with your next manicure.
Gel Nail Polish
Gel polish is originally referred to nail extensions made by using a soft gel product that is cured under an ultraviolet or L.E.D light. Gel polish is relatively new in the polish world and is known as a soak-off polish.
UV and LED curing is a chemical process where a chain reaction creates heat and the gel begins to set. When the gels sets, it leaves a residual sticky layer on top that’s removed with a lint free cloth.
Pros of Gel Polish
*Long lasting: Gel manicures are known for lasting a lot longer than regular nail polish. A gel manicure can last up to two weeks if properly taken care of.
*Zero drying time: No drying time! When curing the gel polish under UV or LED light, the light sets the polish in place in a matter of minutes.
*Perfect nails: No chipping or smudges of the nail. Because the gel polish dries so quickly, you don’t have to worry about messing up your nails with any activity.
Cons of Gel Polish
*Rough removal: The removal process can be rough. Using nail polish remover and a cotton ball to wipe off the polish will not work. You must soak your nails and file off whatever is left on the nail.
*Costly: Gel manicures do cost more than regular polish.
*Can be damaging: Gel manicures are known to damage your real nails in the long run. They are known to weaken the nail and can cause them to become brittle over time.
Regular Nail Polish
Everyone knows the good olé fashion regular nail polish, or also known as normal nail polish. It was the most common and most fashionable nail polish for nails until 2010, when gel polish came to the market.
To put it simply, normal nail polish is a lacquer where the ingredients been refined over the years to protect nails against drying out and cracking. When receiving a manicure with regular air dry polish, a professional will lay down a base coat, three polish coats and a top coat. A regular manicure only lasts up to a week and can chip quite easily.
Pros of Regular Polish
*Changeable: It is easy to change the color if you do not like it. You can also experiment with nail art and wipe off if you don’t like it.
*Affordable: Regular nail polish manicures are more affordable than gel polish manicures.
*Regular polish is safer: They are safer than gel polish. You are not exposing your skin to any harmful lights during the process. Also, your nails will not become weakened or brittle with regular polish.
Cons of Regular Polish
*Hours of drying time: Regular nail polish takes forever to dry! Sometimes nail polish can take up to an hour or more to fully dry.
*Chips easily: Regular polish manicures have a reputation of chipping more easily.
*Multiple coats of polish: It can take multiple coats to get the shade you want. Because regular nail polish is a lot lighter, it can take a while to get your nails to match the color of the polish bottle.
With these two types of polishes becoming the most popular in the nail industry, it is important to know what is best for your nails. I hope by reading this article, that it helped you make a good decision of what is best for your nails. Now, go ahead a pick out your favorite color and go get your nails done!