Nails

Gels Vs. Acrylics: What’s The Difference Between Fake Nails?

Fake nails can range from beautiful works of art to a special occasion treat depending on who you ask. There are three different types of fake nails, with acrylics and gels lasting much longer than regular nail polish. While both are a great option for trying out a wide variety of nail trends, getting the right technique and style nailed down isn’t easy.

Here are some of the main differences between acrylic and gel nails that you need to know before heading over to your next trip to the nail salon:

Gel NailsGel nails are created through a process spanning three different steps—brushing on a base coat, putting on nail polish, and covering it with a topcoat. After every coat, the nails are placed under a UV light to cure for anywhere from 30 seconds to 2 minutes. After it’s done curing, the gel polish will harden and won’t get smudged like regular nail polish.

With gel nail polish, you’ll get a glossy finish that retains a freshly manicured look for weeks to come. You can use it on top of your natural nails and nail extensions, also known as tips.

Acrylic Nails

Acrylic nails consist of a combination of powder and liquid that’s laid out on the nail using a brush. After the mixture has been applied, the nails are shaped and filed to emulate a natural look before getting painted with a regular nail polish coat and set under a fan to dry.

What’s The Difference?

While both kinds of nails can provide somewhat similar results, there is a key difference. Gel nails are much faster to apply than acrylics, while also giving a much more natural result. However, acrylics provide a protective, hard layer that is extremely durable—no more worries about breaking, cracking, or lifting your nails with acrylics.

It can be more difficult to remove acrylics at home compared to gel—head over to a nail technician instead of damaging your nail bed by trying to remove them yourself.

Get A Top-Notch Manicure And Pedicure In Southeast Edmonton

Looking for a place to get your nails done by a professional nail technician? Sapron Beauty Spa has got you covered! We’re one of the best nail salons in Edmonton and have more than 50 years of experience in the beauty industry. Whether you’re looking for the best acrylic or gel nails, chemical peel, or laser hair removal services in Edmonton, we have it all.

We ensure that each guest gets personalized and individual attention at a great value. Contact us to book an appointment.

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Deep manDeep man
00:19 15 Jun 24
Great service by everyone. Tanvi thank you for nice haircut yesterday
ayashman thindayashman thind
20:20 14 Jun 24
I recently went there for a haircut, and unfortunately, my experience was far from satisfactory. The stylist who attended to me seemed inexperienced and rushed. Firstly, during the head wash, she handled my hair roughly, squeezing it like a cloth. Before cutting my hair, she blow-dried and straightened it but frequently forgot to use heat protectant spray. I had to remind her multiple times to apply it, which was frustrating. Although my haircut initially seemed acceptable, she didn't do any notching and appeared to be in a hurry to finish. Now, my hair looks terrible and uneven. Overall, I was very disappointed with both the service and the outcome of my haircut.
Roseanna RossRoseanna Ross
20:47 09 Jun 24
I had a Luxury Pedicure and it was the best pedicure I have ever had. Harpreet is amazing!!! Her years of experience really show and you can tell she takes pride in doing a wonderful job. I also loved the music and massage chairs. Overall Amazing. I will definitely come again and recommend this place and Harpreet to everyone.
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22:05 05 Jun 24
This has been my go-to spa since last year and they never fail me. The place is always clean. Dropped by here today for a pedicure and Harpreet did a very good job as always in doing my nails. Thanks so much, Sapron! 🥰💕
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16:07 04 Jun 24
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23:58 02 Jun 24
Good ambiance, clean salon.Harpreet did a good job on my nails.
Jonah BloomfieldJonah Bloomfield
19:51 02 Jun 24
Harpreet was very nice, and informative. First time going to a professional salon and happy with it.
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01:01 02 Jun 24
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23:46 01 Jun 24
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18:46 31 May 24
Harpreet was so amazing she gave me the best manicure ..I will definitely be visiting again😊
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18:11 31 May 24
Tanvi was so amazing!!
Jayme CunninghamJayme Cunningham
18:41 30 May 24
I have come to Sapron on numerous occassions for manicures and pedicures. The staff are always so friendly. They take great pride in their work and really pay attention to the details. The salon itself is very clean and well maintained. I always look forward to stopping in!
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18:09 29 May 24
Aman is vry professional nd caring girls always recommened .Aman thanks so much , See u again
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20:48 26 May 24
Excellent service. Will be back for sure.
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19:44 26 May 24
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18:10 26 May 24
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18:06 25 May 24
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00:43 25 May 24
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21:45 22 May 24
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19:29 22 May 24
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22:46 18 May 24
Recently started seeing Aman for waxing, she is fantastic! Definitely recommend, she’s very quick and very professional.
Dane EspDane Esp
00:06 18 May 24
My mom and I had our nails done today. Really good service. Staff (Tavina?) who did our nails did a great job!
Jade LopezJade Lopez
14:51 12 May 24
Got my nails done here. My working hands looks better. Gold glitter french tips. Tanvi is very good. I recommend going to get your nails done by these ladies.
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00:07 12 May 24
Had an amazing experience!!
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23:09 09 May 24
Hi, I went there around 2 weeks ago for some waxing and didn't know my appointment was on the next day. I requested them if they can accommodate me on the same day and they did. I interacted with Harpreet and she was really good.PS- I am posting from my husband’s account :)
Tanya AppleyardTanya Appleyard
21:32 09 May 24
My new place!!I am one of the rate few who really do not enjoy manis and pedis, my cuticles always hurt after , and I found others technician so rough. My hands and feet were in desperate need of a cleanup and I picked this place because it was close to my home. If I could give 10 stars I would! The techs are SO good and professional. My hands and feet never looked or felt better and my cuticles are on point.The place is spotless!!! Thank you!!Tanya
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20:35 09 May 24
This was my first time here. The lady at the front is kind and welcoming. Sapron is very clean and spacious.I had a Pedicure with Aman who is very nice and takes her time. My feet look and feel great. She did an awesome job. I look forward to coming back.
Jennie KaliaJennie Kalia
06:26 04 May 24
I did my nails from Tanvi. Wonderful job. I liked her service.🫶🏻
Garima BhartiGarima Bharti
02:40 04 May 24
Nice clean place, positive vibes from owner and staff.. big shout out to Tanvi who did my haircut, she was definitely very skilled and dedicated to her work..
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01:18 04 May 24
I had great experience with Sapron staff.i loved the Nails Aman did for me
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23:10 02 May 24
Always great care and service. Love my luxury pedicures and facials as self care. Xo
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03:47 30 Apr 24
First time visited the salon. The service was really good. My services were fulfilled by Harpreet, she is such a welcoming person. I would highly recommend Harpreet and this this salon if you want to be treated nicely and get good services
Maria ZahndMaria Zahnd
22:49 28 Apr 24
Tanvi was wonderful. Thoroughly did a great relaxing mani and Pedi. Will be back here for sure.
Marika JaneMarika Jane
19:19 28 Apr 24
10/10 highly recommend!Best pedicure I have ever had!Got the luxury pedicure from Harpreet. She was amazing!Thank you!!
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19:14 28 Apr 24
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01:56 27 Apr 24
Tanvi did an amazing job with my haircut! I showed her some inspiration pictures, and she nailed the look perfectly. She took her time and didn't rush, ensuring every detail was just right. Plus, she styled my hair exactly how I wanted. I highly recommend Tanvi for both haircuts and eyebrows. She's incredibly talented!
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00:06 27 Apr 24
I had a great experience here at SAPRON LASER & BEAUTY SPA WITH Ms. SANGEETA. I could see visible results just after my first laser hair removal session.Highly recommended to one and all.
Loved my time with Hapreet doing my nails
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19:10 19 Apr 24
Great job tanvi .she did excellent pedicure I will be definitely back.
Karen HallettKaren Hallett
19:10 19 Apr 24
Harpreet gives an excellent manicure & pedicure. I will be back again 🙂
Vishakha SharmaVishakha Sharma
00:46 19 Apr 24
Substandard service by the staff. I’m not sure about her name, but I had to stop her mid-way in my manicure as she did the job so terribly. I asked her to keep my nails straight and not a single nail looked the same as the others. I went in with my husband who got his pedicure done, which was okay. When I stopped her, I went outside for a minute and she asked my husband if he’ll be paying for me as I have left. She was so impatient for taking the money for that substandard shellac removal she did for me. Never going in again.
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18:59 17 Apr 24
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05:09 09 Apr 24
Loved it. My nails are beautiful. I will definitely be going back again and bringing my friends.
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00:53 14 Mar 24
Got my eyebrows done with Harpreet and she was fantastic! She was able to shape them nicely without thinning them out. Super gentle and takes her time - highly recommend!
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01:02 13 Mar 24
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23:17 12 Mar 24
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22:12 08 Mar 24
i got an acrylic set with tanvi, she was amazing and very thorough! ill be coming back to her as often as i can.edit: to add my second set
ZinaZina
17:38 29 Feb 24
Today Harpreet did a amazing job my eyebrows looks so pretty nice shape and colour she is so professional 😍so happy 😄
Justine LopezJustine Lopez
19:36 24 Feb 24
Just had my nails done by Harpreet. And let me tell you I am so happy with the outcome. I told Harpreet it’s my first time getting acrylic nails, I always did my own nails with those acrylic nails from amazon but those are such hassle to put on so I decided to have a professional do my nails. And I’m glad I came to this place. Highly recommended. Clean place, loved the ambiance and Harpreet was just amazing and I am definitely coming back here in a month and make it my go to place for my nails :)Edit: added photos of my 5th visit (pink nails) and as usual Harpreet did another amazing job. Been coming back here since my first review and Harpreet never disappoints. Only thing I regret is not posting all my previous acrylic nails done by Harpreet. Will definitely keep coming back. All the ladies are very talented and kind. Highly recommend :)
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22:13 11 Feb 24
I genuinely enjoyed my experience at this new spot my momma discovered. As a new customer I will be coming here from now on because the space is very laid back, they had frequencies playing on one side of the room to set the mood and on the side I sat on, they had some house music chill remixes playing that had great visuals from tropical islands. It was divinely timed an orchestrated to be here today. We got some manicures done and had a great experience overall.
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19:22 04 Jan 24
RECOMMENDFirst time coming here. Saw the good reviews and tried it. Was not disappointed, Harpreet did an amazing job!! Pedi + Mani, I feel sooo pretty!
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01:29 17 Nov 23
Had a wonderful and relaxing manicure/french tips & pedicure with Harpreet. She did exactly what I showed her in pictures. The results were beautiful and beyond my expectations. I loved the ambient and the friendly staff. Harpreet did an excellent job! I will definitely be returning & recommending to friends and family. Thank you Harpreet (Sapron)! 💅💖

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