When considering getting nail extensions one is most likely going to do some research and see a dizzying array of terms, such as, gel, UV curing, acrylic, fiberglass, and overlay.

Acrylic nails are the most durable of the nail extensions. But fiberglass, silk and linen wrap nails are natural looking, and are easier to remove than acrylic. On the other hand, gel extensions are creating the most natural look but the process of applying this type of extensions is very time consuming, taking three hours or more to apply.

Gel extensions, also known as UV gel extensions, differ from acrylic extensions in that there is no mixing involved in creating the gel. The gel does not have a strong smell to it as the acrylic mix will. Additionally, the gel needs to be cured with a UV light, thus the often used reference, UV gel. Gel extensions have a clearer finish when completed and do not need to be buffed thoroughly. Moreover, gel is odour free, non yellowing, non porous and requires little maintenance.

Those who have ever thought about giving manicures and pedicures for a living, they can earn a certification in Nail Technology by attending accredited acrylic nail courses

The Carlton Institute’s gel nail course is a professional course designed for nail technicians wanting to start a career in nails. Gel nails are an extremely natural-looking enhancement. They can also be used as natural nail overlays to strengthen a clients' nails. In the long-term, gel nails can be used as, essentially, a very strong, bonded base coat that will protect the natural nail from cracking, splitting, peeling or chipping. Gel is easier to apply than acrylic as it doesn't set until cured with UV light, making it suitable for beginners.

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