Solar Nails vs. Gel Nails

Basically, solar nails and gel nails are artificial nails or false nails. These nails have become an essential fashion accessory for some; going to the salon on a regular basis or planning the next appearance of their nails have become a routine. Artificial nails can be made out of various materials but the most common types are solar nails and gel nails, but what’s the difference?

Solar Nails

Solar nails are actually a kind of acrylic nails; when we say acrylic we mean that it’s made from a mixture of two compounds, a powder and liquid monomer. Because of the material that it’s made from, it can completely dry within 15 minutes from the time applied to the nails.

Pros

  • Can be fixed at home when broken.
  • Lasts for extensive periods of time.
  • Application will costs less compared to gel nails.

Cons

  • Application requires chemical fumes.
  • Appearance is less natural compared to gel nails.
  • Can be home to fungal areas and may cause bacterial infection.

Gel Nails

Polymer resin is the material used in making gel nails; gel nails are also known as UV top coat. The reason for this is that the only way to harden them is with the use of an ultraviolet light. Three layers are applied for gel nails; the base, polish colour and top coat respectively. As the final coat is being applied, it needs to be under the ultraviolet light, thus gel nails are obviously a bit more expensive compared to solar nails.

Pros

  • Present a more natural look compared to other fake nails.
  • The overall application period is shorter compared to that of solar nails.
  • No chemical fumes are emitted.

Cons

  • Does not last longer than solar nails.
  • Can’t be done at home without the equipment.
  • Can’t be easily removed.