What types of gel nails are there and which of them you should opt for

If you are a busy woman, you are sure to know how much time manicure can take from more important issues. That is why there are a lot of women who are trying to find an alternative to painting their nails every time they stop looking perfectly (basically, in two or three days). The best solution is to switch to gel nails. However, if you have never tried them, you should know that there are several types of gel nails that differ quite considerably. In this article, we will tell you about them and teach you to tell them apart.

The first and one of the most popular types are hard gel, which has a tightly woven structure, making it strong, durable, and light-weight. So, what are the benefits you will get if you choose hard gel? Those nails are good for all lengths (even if you have really short nails), they are long-lasting (so, perfect for those who do not have much time to visit salons), hypoallergenic, and totally odorless (which makes them ideal for pregnant women). However, there are also some cons you should consider: hard gel, must be filed off for removal by a professional and have to be replaced every 3-4 months.

The second type is nails made of soft gel, which is also referred to as soak-off gel. It consists of molecules with elongated structures and high weight with space between them. That is why solvents can easily get it and break down the structure. So, if you want to remove them, you can do it with acetone. Such nails are perfect for those who have short or mid-length nails and want just to make their shape look more attractive. Unlike hard gel nails, those can be used alone or as a base and are perfect for nail art. Among other benefits is that they strengthen weak nails and correct their shape. At the same time, such nails wear on free edges and do not add length. Moreover, they last no more than 2-4 weeks.

The final type is gel polish, which is often associated with Shellac (which is inaccurate as the latter is only one product line). This one is quite similar to a hard gel but in its weaker form. Since it is runny, you can easily brush it over your nails as you do with regular polish, with the only difference that you have to cure it under a UV or LED light. The most attractive thing about such gel is that it is quite universal: you can use it regardless of the length of your nails, on natural nails or over acrylic nails, soft gel or hard gel. Another advantage is that it can be easily removed by a nail technician without any specific skills. Moreover, it dyes quickly and has numerous color options. However, it will last only for about 2-3 weeks, so be ready that you will have to spend quite a lot on it.

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