Last updated 18th of September 2016
Solar Nails, as we are commonly told, are cheaper, stronger and last longer than acrylic nails. Basically an upgraded version of the acrylic nail that should have sent the acrylic nail straight out of business and into the past.
Why hasn’t this happened then? Acrylic nails are still available at nearly every nail salon (other than those that only specialize in certain types of artificial nails like gel nails or shellac nails) and come in greater variety than ever before.
Unfortunately most nail technicians with little experience will tell you the same about solar nails. You will find this happening mostly at discount nail salons though. Sadly the internet does not fare any better and a lot of misinformation is spread about Solar Nails at an alarming rate.
Well I am here to set the record straight. Ask any nail technician who has been in the field for 10 years or more and they will tell you the same thing that I am about to tell you below.
Make sure your holding on to something right now because what I am about to tell you most people simply will not believe and would rather stick to the original lie of the Solar Nail being some sort of upgraded version of the acrylic nail. Alright here it comes, Solar Nails are Acrylic Nails!!! There is fundamentally no difference between the two. But how could this be?! Why would nail salons choose to sell the same product under a different name? Well first of all it is a cheap marketing strategy that has been working very well for the industry and secondly, the reason why there allowed to get away with it, is that there is a slight difference between solar nails and acrylic nails.
Why are they called Solar Nails?
They are both still the same product and are both still made of the same material. The part where they are different is the application process, it is the application process that makes solar nails stronger and more durable. Not because they are different to acrylic nails, they are still the same, but because the “solar powder” (essentially just normal acrylic powder) has a no lift acrylic formula added to it to make it, yes, stronger and more durable. This means they need less filling than acrylic nails. If you are still sitting on the fence on this or still believe that solar nails are in fact completely different than acrylic nails, I propose to you this. Next time you go to a nail salon and they offer solar nails, ask the them what difference between acrylic and solar nails there is. I guarantee you most will not know or will just rehash something their supervisors told them to say.