Nail polish is becoming more and more like hair color – it’s an acceptable way for you to express your own individuality even if that is with more extreme options. Those options are becoming greater, and exploding onto the market every day, and Shellac for nails is one of the options getting the most buzz. Women have tried for years to find a way to keep their manicure perfect for days on end, and nail polish chipping or wearing poorly has been frustrating and very time consuming. Shellac manicures address these issues as a chip free nail polish option for women who want great looking nails, but don’t want to spend time maintaining them every couple days.
What is Shellac?
Shellac for nails is a specialized product offered by a company called Creative Nail Design (CND). CND is known for being a great staple brand for professional nail technicians as well as nail polish connoisseurs. Shellac by CND is considered a hybrid of traditional polish and gel. By mixing these two types of nail products you get something that is chip free for up to two weeks. The initial shiny finish from a typical manicure is maintained the entire time the Shellac is on the nail. The formula can be applied directly to the natural nail with no buffing needed. To achieve the great results, a professional nail technician who is trained in using the product must apply this product. The layers of product need to be cured individually by placing them under a special UV lamp during the manicure.
Where can I find Shellac Nail Salons?
The easiest way to find Shellac nail salons is to visit the CND website and search for a technician in your area that offers this type of manicure. This ensures that the product will be applied the correct way. Also, ask around to your friends. Word of mouth will make sure you get a good technician as well as a good product.
CND started out in 2010 with just 12 Shellac colors. That color range is expanding consistently, but some people may want even more options available. Shellac can address the desire for more fun colors by layering various colors of the polish to create entirely new shades. Opaque colors can be topped off with those with some iridescence in a “mother of pearl” type shade or even one with green reflectivity in it. Add those shades over other basics that are densely colored and you get a personalized shade that no one else has! Some technicians are better versed in the color mixing and matching than others. If you are interested in this option, take the time to call a couple nail salon technicians in your area and find out if they are familiar with this process and also ask how many of the Shellac shades they currently have available to play with.
Shellac Nail Polish Removal Process
Shellac is removed by putting a cotton ball soaked in acetone over the nail bed, then wrapping it in foil and letting it sit for 10 minutes. When time is up, the majority of the Shellac will be stuck on the cotton ball. Any polish left needs to be gently removed with an orange stick. This Shellac nail polish removal process does not leave your nail bed weak and thin as the removal of acrylic nails does.
To keep your nails hydrated and healthy use Creative Nail Design Solar Oil. This is a lightweight oil you apply to the base of the nail bed, then massage upwards to coat the entire nail. This should be done twice a day. If you don’t complete this step, the nail can develop white spots from being too dry. Solar Oil is also exceptionally good for cuticles.
Traditional nail polishes can take up to two hours to dry and cure completely. Using the special UV lamp from CND, your nails are dry and ready to go when your manicure is over. No fumbling for your keys, or worrying about how to remove the cash from your wallet to pay your technician, just act normally and enjoy your beautiful new Shellac for nails manicure!