There is a fantastic, award winning nail artist offering courses in acrylic in November here, and I am considering taking the course. I currently work with gel, took my courses last year so I am still learning that, but it seems there are so many looks that acrylic can achieve that gel can't...am I wrong, I could just not know enough about the possibilities yet :oops:
Anyways, I have a couple of key questions that have been keeping me from signing up...
Is acrylic a lot harder to learn and manage than gel? I know it would be completely different but on level of difficulty, is it comparable?
Also, I work in a room in my home that is open to the rest of the house, is there a really good odorless system that is recommended?
As for fill time, how much longer does acrylic take to file off than gel?
And can you switch out the colors for the tips every fill like gel?
Thanks to anyone that can help!
The difference between gel and acrylic is like the difference between knitting and crotcheting.....you can create the same things using a different working medium.
Acrylic requires a different working style and learning curve. The good thing about acrylic is that it self levels, (generally) and then stops moving unlike gel. It will take the same amount of practice to master it as it did for you to learn gel, imo, no harder or easier.
With sharp bits for your efile, you should have no problem removing the acrylic as well as you do for gel.
Can't help you with the odorless, never used it.
Switching colors is easy, and you can actually use both mediums, make the nail with acrylic, then use gel to create the colored tip and apply the shine afterwards.
OK - not the course I was thinking of although I am aware of those ones too. As long as there is something basic in there I think you will be fine and not get overly frustrated :x You should maybe double check before you register to see if they will be suitable for you.
I have one of those cheapy table top dust extractors too, I used it for awhile then I wanted something a little better so I purchased a Partigon and I love it. It's great for gel dust. But wouldn't do a thing for monomer odour. I think there are some 'low-odour' monomers on the market - I think Young Nails is one. I know some are worse than others. Maybe after this weekend (VivCat event in Toronto) I'll get a better idea of them and hopefully the Valentino will contribute to controlling the odour too. I'll let you know!
Good to know! I would really appreciate it if you did get back to me, I'd love to be able to work with acrylic in here.
Yeah I contacted the lady that's booking for the courses and she said that acrylic experience is definitely a bonus but that I would be able to focus more on gel and learn basics of modeling with acrylics.
OT>>>I have been looking online at different acrylic systems, and came across this product from mexico called organic that looks exactly like the young nails products, even some of the names are the same, is it the same product under another name?
I believe Organic Nails is how Young Nails has branded their product sold in Mexico. You're not the first person to notice the similarities. Someone told me once they are the same company....don't quote me though.
Ok that's what I figured, thanks!
> I believe Organic Nails is how Young Nails has branded their product sold in
> Mexico. You're not the first person to notice the similarities. Someone told
> me once they are the same company....don't quote me though.
Someone asked this question on YoungNails' facebook page & Greg said they are not the same product & I want to say he said it's not even theirs.
Thank you - I went looking for it and couldn't find it.
No prob...I like to back up what I say...because if it was me (like you did) I'd go searching for the answer too lol