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Acrylic vs. Gel vs. Shellac Nails

When you go beyond the basic manicure you have many options, and it can get confusing to know which one you want. Below we’ll clear up the differences between Acrylic, Gel and Shellac Nails. You’ll find a few tips to weigh the pros and cons of the different artificial nails to help you pick the best option.

Acrylics are fake nails placed over your natural ones. They can be made to match the shape of the nail, or to extend it. So, when you want longer nails, be sure to ask for acrylic or a full set. People often get acrylic with gels in order to have stronger nails.

Shellac is a blend of gel and nail polish. Because it is like a polish, it can’t be used to extend your nail, however, it does add strength and durability. In the long term Shellac is much less damaging to nails than acrylics. The main benefit is that it reduces chipping.

On top of regular manicures, La Vie Nail Spa offers Acrylics, and Shellac manicures. Because of the trade-off of cost, time and effort, most people choose Shellac or Gel over just a regular manicure.

You now have some tools to better understand your options. And of course, to make the final decision and find the manicure that best suits you and your nails, don’t forget to consult your nail technician!