Gel/LCN/Liquid Gel-Gel is hard and can NOT be soaked off. It has to be filed off and should not be confused with gel polish. There is NO such thing as a GELPOWDER (gel that comes in a powder form). Some low end salons tend to use the term along with the same clear acrylic powder, apply a gel top coat , up charging, calling them gel nails. Gel is a solid clear (or can be colored) gel-like substance that is brushed on your nails and MUST be cured with a UV/LED light. They are softer than acrylic and tend to be more flexible. Because of the flexibility, some people tend to go much longer between fills. The clients are less likely to break their actual real nail when hit or smashed. Not recommended for those who want extra long nails or those extremely hard on their nails., as again it is a softer product. They are very clear, looks more natural, and is light weight.
Acrylic- Acrylic is a powder and liquid combination that can add length and strength to the nails. They can be soaked off with pure acetone. Low end acrylic, like those containing MMA ( which is against state board for use in the salon) can take anywhere between an 1.5 to 2 hours to soak off. A lot of salons choose to rip the acrylics from the nail bed (causing extreme temporary or permanent damage) because it takes too long to soak off low end MMA acrylic. High end acrylic only takes 20-45 minutes to soak. They also do not yellow. Smoking and tanning may still change the color of any acrylic. Smoking will even turn gel, gel polish, and polish a yellowish color because the smoke is absorbed. We do have a special top coat to minimize any yellowing due to those external elements.
Gel polish- (other names are Shellac, Gelish, Gelcolor, gelicure, gel manicure) Gel polish is good for people who are not able to wear enhancements or just want their polish to last longer. There is no damage (when applied and taken off properly) to the natural nails and can last two to three weeks. It can give a little strength but is NOT an enhancement. It is not recommended for clients with brittle, peeling nails as the gel polish will peel along with it. It must be cured in a UV/LED light. It is soaked off in 10-15 minutes after wrapping in cotton ball and foil. You must soak for the whole recommended length of time or the gel polish will not come off on its own. A drill is NEVER to be used to take gel polish off! It is also NOT to be scraped off with force. Improper removal will damage the nail and cause excessive peeling. Cheaper brands, that other salons use, will not easily come off, so be advised.
What to do when you leave the salon
NO ENHANCEMENT SHOULD DAMAGE YOUR NAILS. IT IS THE PERSON FILING YOUR NAILS THAT CAN CAUSE THE DAMAGE. CONSTANTLY RIPPING OR BITING OFF YOUR ACRYLICS OR PEELING YOUR GEL POLISH WILL CAUSE DAMAGE. PLEASE LET A PROFESSIONAL TAKE THEM OFF PROPERLY.
PLEASE NOTE: It takes up to 6 months for the nail to grow out from damage to the nail plate. Some damage can be permanent.