Re: Gel vs. Acrylic
Many unscrupulous salons apply traditional acrylic (liquid and powder) and then use a gel sealer and call them 'gel' nails. They are not! Gel is a very thick 'gooey' mixture that is a one-part system. The technician will apply the gel in thin layers to build up the nail so it is strong. Gel can be applied as pink & white because I wear gel and also wear pink & white. TGel adheres better to the nail plate and is a lot more flexible than traditional acrylic. Traditional acrylic gives hard, thin protection and gel gives flexible strength.
Yes, they did scam you - more than likely because gel is harder to apply correctly than traditional acrylic and many salons have not taken the time to attend hands-on classes to learn how to correctly apply gel.
I was a die-hard acrylic technician and now I am finding that I like the gel a lot better myself. It took me a while to master the application technique, so I only practiced on myself. It takes me half the time to apply and finish than traditional acrylic and I don't have to expose myself to the 'smell' of traditional acrylic.