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Choosing between Gel or Acrylic Extensions

When going to a salon or spa, there are so many options to choose from when it comes to getting your nails done. Many people go for false nail application, but then comes the question of do you get Gel or Acrylic extensions. Both of the treatments are a great thing to offer because there is such a high demand for nail treatments. Here at The Beauty Academy we offer these courses for you to learn in just 1 day each. Below are some pro’s and con’s to help you decide which treatment you prefer – 

Gel Extension Pro’s

  • Have a more natural and glossy look
  • Curing time is faster due to using a UV lamp
  • There are no fumes, considered more natural and eco-friendly

Gel Extension Con’s

  • Don’t last as long, and are less durable than Acrylics
  • More equipment to carry around if you are mobile, e.g, UV lamp
  • If the nail breaks, it makes a shatter type effect
  • Often need to be filed off, rather than soaked – more time consuming 

Acrylic Extension Pro’s

  • Removal process is quick, nails can be soaked off
  • Cheaper than Gel Extensions

Acrylic Extension Con’s 

  • They are damaging to your natural nail 
  • They look less natural, some ways fake if they are not applied correctly
  • There are a lot of strong fumes and chemicals 

If you are interested in doing our UV Gel Nail Extension course, call one of our course advisors on 0800 999 2277 in order to be able to book your place today. Quote Gel10 or Acrylic10 to get 10 percent off our UV Gel or Acrylic Nail Extension courses. 



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