What is the difference in durability of gel nails compared to acrylic nails? Which one is preferred more?
When it comes to the United States and Japan acrylic is the most popular application, but in Europe it is definitely gel. Gel is a softer product, so it doesn’t withstand the wear and tear that acrylic will. But you will have clients who don’t need the extra strength of acrylic. So, it really is up to each nail tech as to what type of enhancements will work best for each particular client. -- MaeLing Parrish is the co-owner of Nail Sensation in Columbus, Ohio, and was first runner-up for Nail Technician of the Year in NAILS’ 2006 AVAs.