Is the person doing your nails using powder and gel? It sounds like you’re getting L&P acrylics, not gels. Gel comes in a single pot and is in a gel form. Also, after almost every step of the gel process, the nails have to be cured under a UV lamp. If you’re just sitting under the lamp at the end of the service, it’s just a gel top coat on Acrylic. Its really important for people to remember that there is a few different kinds of nails, and they should research them before getting them.
- acrylics (which is “solar nails”, “powder gel”)
- gels (which is “gel” or “soft gel”)
- acrylics with a gel top coat
I would go with gels, far better than acrylics in terms of durability and look way more natural.
OPI Bio Sculpture nails are the best you can get as far as gel enhancements go.
The are strong and durable, but flexible at the same time and cause no damage to the natural nail.
Acrylics, contrary to popular belief do not always last longer than gel. ” I’m a qualified nail tech and have done all available systems and gels are by far the best, most of my clients who have switched to gels, get an extra couple of weeks of wear out of them and have said they would never switch back.
I personally use a combination of OPI sculpture to protect the nail, Young nails gel for shiny look and En Vogue gel for french tip (not airbrush).”
Have you got natural lenght to your nails? Cause if so GEL can be used as a natural nail overlay too without the need for plastic tips.