Gel nails have gone through a metamorphosis in recent years. Originally, gel nails were similar to acrylic nails, but they were made of different materials and were thinner and more flexible. They require several layers of gel cured by UV light. Now, Shellac nails have emerged, which is a unique blend of nail polish and gel. It goes on quickly and dries almost instantly. Because of this, Shellac nails have surged in popularity in the past year. However, research is still being done on the safety and long term effects on your nail health.
Pros: Gel nails can last up to two weeks without chipping. They are dry when your manicure is finished; there is no waiting period. They look more natural than acrylic nails.
Cons: These manicures are rather expensive, sometimes costing around $50 at some salons. Also, because this is a relatively new technique, not all nail salons have been trained on this technique properly, which could result in some problems. The process to remove them can be painful if not done correctly. They do not come in as many colors as other types of nails.