I absolutely HATE acrylics. It's so so damaging to your nails. I am blessed with really healthy nails and receive compliments on them often. I don't do anything special, they just grow out that way. Which is why I rarely get acrylics. I do really like the look of french tip nails but I can't stand how damaged my nails would be from getting them.
But then I tried gel nails (or shellac, as they are often called). I was glad that there was minimal filing done to my natural nails. In fact, it was almost like getting a regular manicure. I hardly ever get those because I hated when they started to chip...you know...like 2 days later. So imagine my surprise when my gel manicure lasted 3 weeks!! 3 weeks!! There wasn't a single chip and the only reason why I had to get them redone was because my nails were growing out and you could see an obvious amount of new nail between the manicure and my cuticles.
I recently got a gel manicure again for my birthday party. I thought I would share the results here.
If you like having your nails painted but hate the maintenance and chipping I HIGHLY recommend getting a gel manicure. It's slightly more expensive but way worth it.