The difference between gel nails and acrylic nails

The difference between gel nails and acrylic nails

The difference between gel nails and acrylic nails

On Instagram and Pinterest you regularly come across the most beautiful pictures of acrylic nails and the most beautiful creations. But what exactly is the difference between gel and acrylic nails? What are the pros and cons? And how do you take care of your nails after removing fake nails? Keep reading for all the answers! 

The difference between gel nails and acrylic nails

Acrylic nails
When applying an acrylic nail, the salon uses acrylic powder and liquid. Together, These two chemicals form a sphere. This ‘ball’ is applied to the entire nail with a brush. The acrylic layer then hardens, making the nails longer and thicker.

Please note, the smallest impact can already break the artificial nail. This also damages the natural nail, as the acrylic nail is directly attached to your nail bed. Artificial nails are also a breeding ground for bacteria. The microorganisms settle between the small space of the fake nail and the natural nail. This is not visible to the human eye and therefore impossible to keep clean. Also be extra careful if you have sensitive skin, because an allergic reaction can easily occur during application of the acrylic powder and liquid.

Gel nails
The biggest difference between gel and acrylic nails are the substances used. The application of gel nails takes longer because a UV light is used to dry each layer. These layers are applied with polymer or resin. To remove the gel nails, you have to go back to the salon: don’t do this at home! The gel nails must be professionally removed by filing or soaking with chemicals. As a result, the natural nail is often slightly, or at times, severely damaged. The damage makes your nail thinner, more fragile and more vulnerable to external influences.

In short, the main differences between acrylic nails and gel nails are:

  • Chemicals Used
  • The way of drying
  • The flexibility/vulnerability of the artificial nails
  • Appearance of the nail (gel nails shine more)

And what about gel polish?

Then we have the gel polish. There is a big difference between gel polish and nail polish. Gel polish sets and dries with a UV lamp, while nail polish dries itself. Also, do not remove a gel polish yourself. This can seriously damage your nail. After using gel polish, your nails are often brittle, fragile and damaged. This kind of polish deprives the natural nails of oxygen. Therefore, always take a break between wearing gel polish and give your nails extra care in the meantime.

Restoring nails after acrylic nails or gel polish

Fortunately, you can restore the nails with the right products and care. Herome has developed a set especially for this: the Nail Essential Set for very damaged nails. In just 3 steps, your nails will be beautiful and healthy again.

Step 1. Nourish the nails
Herome’s nourishing nail oil contains a unique vitamin complex and essential oils to restore the natural balance of your nails. Apply one drop to each nail for 7 days. Massage this oil in with your fingers. Don’t forget the cuticles, as they also play an important role for healthy nails!

Step 2. Strengthen your nails
Your nails are thin and often sensitive after removing artificial nails. That is why we always advise you to strengthen your nails with a nail hardener when you have finished the 7-day oil course.

Step 3. Caring for cuticles
Cuticles tear, or are often pushed back too far which can damage them. Give your cuticles extra love with the Wonderpen. Within 7 days your cuticles are nourished and wound-free!

Tips and advice

Do you want beautiful nails but don’t want to damage them? Check here our blog about the perfect French Manicure or how to grow stronger nails for inspiration. You can also ask us a question via Instagram or Facebook. We are happy to provide you with personal advice!

Nail Essential Sets

Nail Essential Sets

Nail Essential Sets

Weak nails that are split, ribbed and damaged are familiar problems for many women. But beautiful nails are possible for everyone thanks to the launch of Herôme’s new “Nail Essentials” set. Each set contains three travel-size products to help tackle these common nail problems.

Set 1: Harder, longer nails in just 14 days! Stop splitting nails now!

Say goodbye to your weak and splitting nails. And say hello to longer, harder nails! Meet the # 1 nail hardener by Herome that has helped women since 1982! The result? Nails that are long and strong in just 14 days!

Step 1: Start off the treatment by cleaning the nails using the “Caring Nail Polish Remover”. This acetone-free nail polish remover cleans nails while leaving behind a natural shine.

Step 2: Use the “Nail Hardener Strong” to help rid your nails of problems by applying it each day for two weeks. This hardener stops splitting nails immediately, so that you can enjoy stronger nails in just 14 days.

Step 3: Take care of cuticles with the Cuticle Cream. This product is enriched with Aloe Vera and Vitamin F, which prevents cracks in the cuticles.

Set 2: Harder, longer nails in just 14 days! Stop splitting nails now!

You accidentally knock one of your nails, and “CRACK,” you have a broken nail…Is there anything worse?! Dry and ribbed nails often go hand-in-hand. As a result of ribbing, nail polish can often not be nicely applied. This Nail Essentials set helps dull and dry nails to shine again!

Step 1: Give the nails their flexibility and resilience back using the “Nourishing Nail Oil”. The Oil is made from almond and lemon oil to repair nails.

Step 2: Then, use the “Super Shine” to level out the nail plate. The nail file stimulates blood circulation in the nails, which helps the nails to grow back better and stronger.

Step 3: Finally, use the Ridge Filling Base Coat. This fills up ridges and prevents nail discoloration.


Set 3: For very damaged nails as a result of using artificial nails or medication!

Gel or acrylic nails can severely damage the nail as a result of the aggressive process that it takes to remove them. Long-term use of certain medications can also lead to sensitive and damaged nails.

Step 1: Repair damaged nails using the “Exit Damaged Nails”. It includes almond oil which is rich in minerals and vitamins that helps to nourish and hydrate the nails. The Exit Damaged Nails helps to restore nails and immediately improves their structure.

Step 2: Once you have finished the course of Exit Damaged Nails, use the “Nail Hardener Sensitive” to strengthen the nails. This product is formaldehyde-free and suitable for the most sensitive of nails.

Step 3: Protect and look after damaged cuticles with the “Cuticle Night Repair”. Thanks to this product, loose, painful strips of skin around the nail are a thing of the past!

The Nail Essentials sets are available from October for € 9.95 in the Herome web shop and various other drugstores.