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By Felix Akinnibi

Nail Wraps vs Acrylic Nails

In the manicure world, to get that classy finish, you are either going for a nail wrap or an acrylic. Here, we compare them on ease of application, durability, and longevity, amongst others.

Let’s dive in. 


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Quicker to remove and apply. It can be done from the comfort of your house.

Need the use of UV light to cure. You cannot do this from your home. You need to visit a nail salon at least.


Offer a wide variety of designs, colors, and patterns that are appealing to the eyes.

You are entitled to only one design for the lifespan of the nails.


It has a life span of two weeks. The type of top coat you apply also matters.

Can last up to six weeks, even without maintenance or upkeep.


Are affordable and accessible either from online stores or walk-in beauty stores. 

Are expensive to keep up with. As they require maintenance, visiting the salon costs more.

What are Nail Wraps?

Nail wraps are thin, adhesive, flexible sheets that are designed to beautify your nails. 

Instead of painting or fixing another nail, you simply apply the sticker to your nail - and there you have it, a gorgeous professional-grade manicure, all done from the comfort of your bedroom, excluding the exorbitant prices and stressful queues at the salon.

Before now, it has not been easy to add intricate designs to your nails, unless you visit a nail technician. Now, with nail wraps, you are one step ahead of your nail technicians.

Read more about Nail Wraps.

What Are Acrylic Nails?

Acrylic nails are artificial nails that are added to natural nails to enhance their look.

They are a mixture of liquid and powdered acrylic and can be shaped into any shape or size. When the acrylic is hardened, it can be filed and shaped to mimic the look of the natural nail. Then, the nail technician can add a top coat, or any design, upon request of the client.

For those who are looking to strengthen their nails, and maybe a little bit of length to their natural nails, then acrylic is the one for you. They can also be used as camouflage for damaged and chipped nails.

Acrylic nails have several types, such as overlay acrylic nails, sculpted acrylic nails, and dip acrylic nails.

While these nails are mostly done at salons because of their complex nature, you can buy the already fixed set from the salon or beauty stores and apply them in your home, with the proper guide.

Nail Wraps vs Acrylics

When it comes to picking a side, both have their benefits and disadvantages, but now that you know a bit about both nail types, let’s look at some comparison points.

Which Is Easier To Remove And Apply?

Nail wraps take the gold without a fight. There is no easier and faster way to get a stunning look just from the comfort of your home.

The nail wrap set has been pre-cut and pre-designed. All you have to do is peel them off the wrap and apply them to your nails. Yes, it is that easy. No experience or extra work is required. And when it comes to removal, it is quite easy, as it is a chemical-free process.

However, acrylic, even with the pre-designed sets, nine out of ten times, requires the service of a professional, in removal and application. The process for both removal and application can take hours and even require the use of harsh chemicals to take them out. In the long run, these chemicals are detrimental to your fingernails' health.

Which Is More Flexible In Terms Of Design And Style?

Nail wraps offer a wide variety. You get to choose from a wide range of colors, patterns, and designs to suit your occasion. And because they are so easy to apply, you can change your entire look in minutes.

Of course, acrylic nails offer beautiful designs and style, but it isn’t as flexible as a nail wrap, in the sense that, whatever design you have on from your nail tech is what you could have, for the life of those nails.

Which Has A Longer LifeSpan And Is Cost Effective?

If you are a busy bee, and looking to just put on something and forget for weeks, there are two things you will think about: How long they last, and the work to put in to keep them fresh.

Now depending on the nail polish you are using, this might determine the longevity of your nail wrap. So your nail wrap can last two weeks, even with no maintenance.

In contrast, acrylic nails, require maintenance to keep looking good. Although whatever you put in, is what you get, as they can last up to five weeks before they need to be removed or replaced. But they cost more. 

So, if you are trying to save money and still have flexibility in designs, you know which to go for.

Are Nail wraps better for your nails?

Yes, very much. They are easy to apply and are also soft, so you won’t even feel a thing on your finger.

Can acrylic nails look natural?

Acrylic nails are mostly available in square, oval, or almond shapes. Choosing a shape in an oval can enhance your natural acrylic finger look. Additionally, you can color them nude, to keep them elevated and soft.







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