Gel vs Shellac - Which One Is Better For Your Nails?

Gel and Shellac nails have become increasingly popular in the last few years, which is unsurprising as they're much more durable than your normal manicure! 

And for the holiday season, it’s popular to turn to Shellac or Gel nails so you can rock your festive nails through most of December without a chip in sight. 

But which one should you choose? Are Shellac and Gel the same? If not, which one is better for your nails?

How're they different from normal nail polish?

A Gel manicure consists of a specifically formulated gel polish being brushed onto your nails and between each layer, the coat is hardened using a UV light. 

Shellac is sometimes referred to as Shellac Gel Nails, which is where it can get confusing. This is because Shellac is half regular polish and half gel. It's applied in the same way you would apply nail polish at home but is cured by UV, just like Gels are. 

What’s the difference?

The main difference, really, is that Shellac is a semi-permanent polish, whereas gel is a semi-permanent gel. 

How long do they last?

Shellac usually lasts around 2 weeks, whereas Gel can last up to 3 weeks.

However, Gel polish is extremely porous so cleaning products or any other chemicals can cause it to peel or chip prematurely. 

How do remove Gel and Shellac?

When it comes to removing, Gel can be a lot harsher on your nails than Shellac. To remove Gel you have to file the top layer off, and then soak the nail in acetone, whereas with Shellac you only have to soak your nails in acetone briefly before peeling them off.

Do they damage my nails?

Although Shellac and Gel (with Shellac being the easiest on your nails) look great and last longer than real nail color, they both come with a catch. 

Using either Shellac or Gel polish on your nails weakens them and causes splitting and peeling. Even with healthy, strong nails before application, you can be left with weakening, discolored nails after too many applications.

The way Gels and Shellacs are removed dehydrates the nail and cuticle, and if not removed correctly, it can even leave cracks and scrapes on your nail.

Whether manicures have left you with weak nails, or you're preparing your nails for another (always make sure your nails are in good condition before you go in for a Shellac or Gel manicure), there is a way to bring life back to your nails! 

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Our Verdict 

If you're debating whether to use Shellac or Gel, Shellac remains the one easiest on your nails, although either one will cause your nail to become weakened and damaged. 

For nails damaged by manicures, or even just day-to-day life, our Nail Guardian will work to encourage nail strength and repair any damage! Try it for yourself, you'll be amazed at how quickly it works to heal your nails and have them looking healthy again! 

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