Acrylic nails help conceal or fix broken, damaged, short, or bad nails. It also helps prevent people from biting their nails, breakage of nails, and protect splits. They are used when people are not able to grow the length and strength of natural nails that they desire. This problem can be solved by using certain nail techniques such as nail tipping, sculptured nails, nail wrapping, or acrylic overlays.
Gel nail polish is a long-lasting type of nail polish. It is painted on the nail like a regular polish, and does not dry until it is “set” under an ultraviolet or LED lamp. While regular nail polish formulas typically last 2-7 days before chipping, gel polish lasts around two weeks on most. Gel polish is more difficult to remove than regular nail polish; it is usually scraped off after soaking the nails in acetone for 5-10 minutes. It is not possible to remove gel polish with non-acetone nail polish remover.
Acrylic is a liquid & powder mixed, applied with a brush that will harden (cure) with no lamps in 2 minutes or less.
Gel is, in basic terms, premixed acrylic in a gel like state, that almost always needs to be cured under a UV or LED lamp, Acrylic usually has an odor while gels are odorless. Gels often will cost slightly more than acrylic.
Silk (interchangeable with fiberglass and sometimes linen) is applied with resin (glue) and sometimes glue & acrylic powder (Dip System).
Acrylic Dips is the use of resin applied tot he nail, then dipped or sprinkled with acrylic powder.
Crystal nails is any type of enhancement done with CLEAR acrylic, gel or resin either with clear tips or sculpted.