No, gel & acrylic aren't the same.
Acrylic they file the nail bed down, glue on a tip, add acrylic then file again.
I think it's like $20 for that where gels are higher & not as damaging.
I am wondering if I am thinking of the right thing because I am not understanding a lot of the comments. I have gel nails and nothing has ever been glued on my nails. It is just the gel compound that is brushed on then hardens. Then I just get a French manicure. My nails go just slightly beyond the tips of my fingers. So no glue, no real length, no crazy patterns.
No one HAS to wear fake nails. They arent like prosthetic arms and legs. If your nails are damaged or get damaged easily, find a dermatologist and get to the root of the problem instead of topping your fragile, unhealthy nails with glue and damaging Acrylic. The reason most nails are unhealthy are due to Acrylic.
Well, maybe some people have to wear them... So thanks for thinking I am trashy. I wonder if someone needed an eye patch, or some type of cosmetic procedure ... Would you think that is trashy!?