Solar Vs Acrylic Nails
This article is simply a matter of opinion only. There are no technical terms used nor any product information.
I've been getting my nails done for twenty years now. Right, wrong or indifferent, it's something that I do for myself because I've never been able to grow my own nails. For many years I got the acrylic type of overlay done because I didn't really know about other options and because it was what I could afford. Plus, I had the same nail technician for a long time and was comfortable with what she did and how she did it.
Two years ago I had to find someone new to do my nails. This may seem like no big deal because there is an overabundance of nail salons, however, if you like things a certain way it can be quite a process. I went to a few technicians who laid on the acrylic too thick, didn't shape my nails the way I like or, in general, just did a very poor job. The frustrating thing is that you usually have to wait until your nails grow out a little to get them redone and then there are no guarantees if you go to someone new again.
The particular technician that I found about a year ago suggested that I try solar nails as something different. I'm sure for her it was a suggestion based on making more money. After all, who wouldn't want to make more money if they can? Yes, solar does cost more than acrylic. What I discovered though, is that the extra expense is well worth it.
For one thing, when you have solar nails done you don't have to sit and wait while your nails dry because it's a buffing process. What that means is that when they are done, they are done and you can get up and go. Solar nails also look more classy as they are usually french (white) tip and shiny. They also seem to last longer so you can stretch the time out between fills (getting your nails done again). Lastly, they are just stronger in general so less breakage and worry about repairs.
Of course, like anything else, you have to find someone that is skilled at applying solar nails. Otherwise there is the risk of a bubbly appearance in the finish of the overlay, which does not look classy at all. There is also the risk of the nails not staying applied well. So, once you find someone you trust to do the job well, stick with them. I have loved the look and convenience of solar nails and will probably not be going back to acrylic.