1. Acrylic nails are harmful. Full of dangerous substances, the toxins and chemicals inside acrylic nails include formaldehyde and resin. Yuck! Over time, these chemicals can lead to cancer. Not to mention the permanent damage to your beautiful, natural nails! Sticking to gel overlay reduces your exposure to nasty toxins.
2. Acrylic nails smell bad. Closely related to #1. If you've ever been in a nail salon, you know that distinctly chemical smell that acrylic nails give off. It's unpleasant at best, and terrible for your health at worst.
5. The top layer of your nails must be filed for acrylic to stick. Acrylic won't bond with your natural nail unless it's filed down, weakening your natural nail and opening up more areas for those toxic chemicals to seep into your body. With gel nails, you don't need to file away as much of your natural nail.
6. You can't change your polish colour. Because acrylic nails dissolve upon contact with acetone, you can't change the nail polish you put on top of the acrylic nails without having to get a new set done. If you try, you'll end up with lumpy and uneven nails.
K-Style beauty offers both acrylic and gel extensions, because acrylic is still quite popular in Australia. However, we will always recommend gel over acrylic because of the reasons listed above. The next time you're at the salon, try it out for yourself and see why gel overlays are gaining so much popularity overseas.