Are Polygel extensions the new Acrylics? A member of the Harringtons team explains.
Polygel nail extensions are seen as an excellent alternative to acrylic nails because of their natural appearance, durability, and price point. Acrylic nails have been the most popular nail extension product in the beauty industry for decades, but many salon owners and customers have been starting to wonder if there might be something better out there. Polygel nail extensions is one of the range of manicure and pedicure treatments available at Harringtons in Devizes. This post will explore what separates Polygel from acrylic and how to decide if one is right for you.
What is Polygel?
Ploygel is a natural nail extension product made from acrylic, water, and UV light. Polygel is a healthy alternative to acrylic nails because it doesn’t contain harmful chemicals like methacrylate and formaldehyde. It’s also much safer because there are no solvents in the product. Polygel is also kinder on natural nails because it doesn’t remove any of your nail bed as acrylic does.
One of Polygel’s biggest benefits is that it can be removed without any damage to your natural nail, unlike acrylic. Removal also takes much less time than traditional services because you don’t have to wait for nails to dry. You only have to wait until Polygel turns clear when using UV light treatment, or after a few hours if you’re using removal products.
Why Choose Polygel extensions Over Acrylics?
Polygel nails are a hybrid nail extension that combines acrylic nails with gel. Unlike acrylic nails, which require an artificial nail to be applied on top of a natural nail, Polygel extensions are applied directly onto the natural nail. When they are applied correctly, it is very difficult to see where the artificial and real nails meet.
But aren’t Polygel nails only good for a couple of weeks?
A common misconception about Polygel nails is that they need to be applied every 2-3 weeks. But with our, you can get your hands and feet pampered every two weeks at a fraction of the price.
These infills add length to your existing extensions, as well as strength and a fresh coat of polish. Not to mention, they make for a beautiful manicure every two weeks that takes about an hour. Most importantly, though, they ensure you won’t have to get them removed any sooner than you would regular acrylic nails! If left untouched, an application of full-set Polygels can last up to 3 months. This is why getting infills every two weeks will keep your nails looking good all year round!
What do Polygel extensions feel like?
Polygel extensions feel more natural than acrylic nails, which is a big plus for most people. They have a gel-like quality that feels cool on the fingers and feet, so they are much more comfortable to wear. Polygel nails also do not have the same chemical odour as acrylic nails, which can be unpleasant at times. This is all just personal preference though because some people might prefer the stronger hold of acrylic nails over Polygel.
Unlike acrylic, Polygel is resistant to acetone and polish remover, so it’s much less likely that you will chip or break your nail while removing nail polish. However, you will still need to use a mild soap and water solution to gently wash and cleanse your hands after wearing fake nails for any length of time.
Are there any Disadvantages of Polygel over Acrylics?
Polygel is a newer product that has been around for about 15 years. The main difference between Polyel and acrylic is that acrylics get thick in the middle, which can make it difficult to shape your nails. This also makes it easier to work with because there is less chance of getting a smudge or breakage. There are some other differences, but overall, they are very similar products.
Do Polygel nails break easily?
When customers first hear about Polygel extensions, their first question is often whether they break easily. The answer is no. While acrylic nails can chip and break relatively easily, Polygel nails are more flexible and are not as brittle as acrylic nails. This means that you will have to apply less pressure when you file them down for nail shape, which also decreases the likelihood of chipping or breaking them.
If you’re one of those women who have such strong nails that they chip or break just by putting a little too much pressure on them while trying to get dressed, you may want to ask your manicurist about getting a set of Polygel nails. When done right, they can look almost identical to acrylic nails in terms of design and appearance. They also come in many different colours, so if you want to change up your nail colour without going through all of the hassle (and cost) involved with removing existing polish and having new polish applied, it’s a great option for you.
Can you change over from acrylics?
When we remove your acrylic extensions, the first step is to break any residual bonds that are left over from your acrylic nails. This will ensure that the gel will stick better to your natural nails when we apply it. Next, remove any nail polish that is left on your natural nails. This will prevent the bonder from sticking to your nail polish and creating air bubbles. Finally, we use a thin cotton ball soaked in alcohol or acetone (depending on what product you are using) to cleanse and sterilise your natural nails so they are ready for the application of Polygel.
How do I remove these extensions?
It may be tempting to use acetone, but it’s not advised. The chemical is too harsh for nails and could cause damage or dryness. If you do not use proper removal products, there is a chance your natural nail will become weak and brittle. These factors make it much better to go to a professional like Harringtons in Devizes.
What do Polygel nail extensions cost?
At Harringtons Devizes, a full set of Ploygel nail extensions is £40 and takes about 2 hours. To maintain them, a two-week or three-week infill is available.
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