Can You Put Acrylic Nails Over Polygel?

Love acrylic and polygel nails? Thinking of trying them out together? It might sound like a crazy experiment, but can you put acrylic nails over polygel?

If you decided to do that, what are the disadvantages of this procedure? How do you achieve this experiment? We have the answers to all your questions related to applying acrylic nails over polygel.

So, let’s dive right in!

Can You Put Acrylic Nails Over Polygel?

You can put acrylic nails over polygel, but they won’t last long. The acrylics will chip away from the polygel within a week because they need a clean surface to stick to. Also, the polygel surface isn’t rough enough for acrylics to stick effectively. Choosing either polygel nails or acrylic nails is a better idea.

In this article, you will learn how to apply acrylic nails over polygel. Our step-by-step guide will help you get a beautiful manicure. Initially! However, putting acrylic nails over polygel won’t last long. We will discuss all of the reasons for that as well. 

can you put acrylic nails over polygel

How to Apply Acrylic Nails Over Polygel?

When you apply acrylic nails, it is important that your nail surface is clean and that any polish or gel has been removed. However, you can add an acrylic nail layer over polygel nails for added strength. It won’t last a long time, compared to acrylics alone, but you can still try it out. 

Let’s start with a step-by-step process: 

Step #1: Prepare the Nail Surface

If you have any nail polish on the polygel nails, you have to remove it first. This way the acrylic nails will stick better. 

Wipe off gel polish using acetone. Wash your hands after this step to remove any leftover acetone from your nails.

Step #2: Push the Cuticles Back

a nail technician using a cuticle pusher to push back the cuticles

Push back the cuticles using a cuticle pusher. This will allow the acrylics to blend in with the cuticle area better.

Step #3: Buff the Nails

a nail technician buffing nail polish using a manual nail buffer

Buff the nails using a nail buffer or file. Acrylics add a thick layer to your nails. If you place them over the polygel, the nails will look too thick. Buffing the polygel layer a little will reduce the thickness. There are some other ways to deal with too thick acrylic nails you should know.

Step #4: Clean the Nails

After buffing, wipe off the residue using a baby wipe. Otherwise, the acrylic will mix up with the residue and become lumpy.

Step #5: Apply Base Coat

Apply a base coat on the surface of the polygel. The base coat will help the acrylic nails stick strongly. It will make your manicure smooth.

Step #6: Add Acrylic Beads to the Nails

Start by adding a small bead of acrylic over the polygel. Don’t go for an excessive amount of product or you will end up with a chunky and smudged nail look. 

Place the bead on the free edge and work your way to the cuticle area. Keep the cuticle area thin so it looks natural. The apex should be the thickest.

Note: Keep the thickness of the acrylics less than you normally would. It is because you are applying the acrylic nails over polygel which already adds some thickness to your nails.

Step #7: Shape the Acrylics

Shape the acrylic nails by using a nail file. You can also use an e-file for quick shaping. If you are a newbie, you will have to learn how to use an e-file.

You can shape the acrylics however you want and keep them as long as you like.

Step #8: Apply Air Dry Top Coat

Seal everything in by applying an air-dry top coat.

a woman with polygel nails on her hand

Why shouldn’t you put Acrylic Over Polygel?

You can definitely put acrylic nails over polygel, but they won’t last long. The main purpose of using acrylic nails is to get a long-lasting manicure (around 2-3 weeks). That’s what makes acrylic nails so popular.

Here are some reasons why you shouldn’t put acrylic over polygel:

Acrylic Nails Require a Clean Surface

When you go to a nail salon for acrylic nails, they clean your nails and make sure there is nothing on them. This extra step is done to ensure that the acrylic nails stick strongly to your own nails.

Oil, dust, and residue can reduce the lifespan of your acrylic nails. So, imagine how much polygel can affect the staying power of acrylics!

Polygel is essentially a whole layer of fake nails. They don’t provide a suitable surface for long-lasting acrylics. Even if you apply a high-quality base coat on the polygel, the acrylic nails won’t last as long as they would normally do.

If the polygel nails aren’t fresh, it will further reduce the lifespan of acrylic nails. Old polygel nails might be chipped due to which the acrylics won’t stick to the nail surface properly. 

Different Chemical Composition 

Both acrylics and polygel nails have a different chemical composition. The chemicals of polygel nails and acrylic nails mix up giving a bulky and lumpy look to your nails. This way, you won’t get a smooth application and the nails won’t last long.

However, if you use acrylic on your natural nails, the surface is smooth, and clean, and the nails stay on longer.

Polygel Surface isn’t Rough Enough

Before applying acrylic nails, you have to file your nail surface to make it rough. A rough nail surface provides a better place for the acrylic nails to stick to. 

Polygel nails aren’t rough enough for the acrylics to stick effectively. That’s why the acrylic nails will chip off from polygel within a few days. 

Even if you buff the polygel, it won’t be as good as your original nails. So, the chances of getting a long-lasting acrylic manicure are low if you put them over polygel.

Final Thoughts

Putting acrylic nails over polygel is doable but not effective. Acrylic nails last much longer if you put them on your own nail surface, otherwise, they might come off within a week.

Putting acrylic nails over polygel can be a fun experiment but it isn’t something you can, or would want to, do often. The whole point of getting a long-lasting manicure through acrylics is ruined this way.