Acrylic nails are a two part system made of a liquid and a powder .
When mixed together, they form a thick consistency that can be used to apply tips and colors to natural nails. Gel acrylics are another form of acrylics. It is a one-step system and is applied and worn differently than the traditional.
A coat of gel on top of the traditional acrylic does not make nails “gel acrylic”.
Artificial nails can be applied in a salon or at home. Because the at-home application can be time consuming and takes a while to perfect, most people prefer to go to a salon.
Salon applications can range in cost anywhere from $20 to upwards of $100, depending on the kind of application, training, technique, and specialized polishing done on nails.
Maintenance is usually recommended every two weeks or so to keep nails looking fresh. These visits tend to cost less. A visit can run anywhere from an hour to two.
At-home artificial nails take a lot of practice before getting the look to be professional. It can take quite a bit of time to do nails during the learning process.
However, if you feel you have the patience and time to develop your technique, it can be worthwhile.