Join Date: May 2014
Location: South Louisiana
You can try acrylics, but tell them just to do a thin protective layer so you can grow your nails out. You don't need the long tips. If you polish these, the polish lasts longer than if you paint on bare nails. It won't chip, it will tend to wear off after several days. You will still need to get them filled every couple of weeks, but if you keep them polished, you won't notice the growth lines.
In my experience, gel nails are the same as acrylic, the nail salons here use gel powder just like acrylic. Solar nails are acrylic, but they tend not to yellow if you leave them bare.
I don't think shellac will help, after a few days they can tend to peel. Which makes me pick at them and eventually peel them off. Which damages the top layer of the nail.