They have obviously not heard of the new age gel systems LOLSilk and Fibreglass Wraps
These are old systems that are rarely used any more. Pieces of silk or fibreglass are cut into shape and then layered upon the fingernail using resin. The resin sets quickly when it is sprayed with an activator.
The wraps are natural looking although the nails created are not particularly strong and the process is quite time consuming. We do not recommend offering these systems as we do not consider them to be cost effective
Gel nails are perfect for people who only want an overlay on their natural nails and not an extension. Gel is very easy to apply, looks natural and gives strength to weak nails. You will be told how to apply it on our course.
The problem with gel is, it doesn't soak off in acetone. For this reason we do not recommend it for extensions. It is fine for overlays as they don't break very often.
A broken gel extension has to be filed off carefully by hand. A broken acrylic extension can be soaked off in acetone while you are working on someone else, or by the client before you see them, freeing up your time.
This was the first acrylic nail to come out over 25 years ago. Although many improvements have been made the basic concept is still the same. The acrylic sets in the air, giving you a limited time to apply it. In practice this makes it probably the hardest system to learn.
We recommend you get your time down to under an hour on the UV acrylics before you try sculptured nails. This will provide you with the skill and speed necessary to apply the liquid and powder before it sets. It can be very frustrating and require a lot of hard work if you don't do this.
Most nail technicians use an electric drill to file sculptured nails. If the nail is over-drilled it gets too hot and damage occurs to the nail bed, matrix or both. This can be permanent.
The more skilled you are at applying the acrylic, the less filing you need to do. This makes it quicker for you and more comfortable for the client.
I would certainly give this one a miss.UV Cured Acrylic
This is the system taught on the course. It has the flexibility and natural look of the gel nail, but it is an acrylic and will soak off in acetone.
Because this acrylic doesn't set until it is placed under a UV lamp it is self levelling and pretty much a perfect shape once it is cured. This means a light filing with a hand file is all that is needed and there is no need for an expensive electric drill (£300+).
The other benefits of UV acrylic over sculptured are, it doesn't discolour when it is subjected to sunlight, it doesn't crystallise when it gets cold and it doesn't have any odour. All this is good news for you and your clients.
UV acrylic is more expensive than sculptured, but it still costs less than £1 a set to apply and once you are up to speed you should easily be able to apply a set of these in under an hour.