Home / Tips & Advice / Nail Care / 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!