The No-Chip Manicure- Shellac Nail Polish


The Shellac Manicure

The manicure industry is abuzz about a more durable option: shellac nail polish. This nail treatment promises to last as long as 2 full weeks without chips, breaks or the need for extra coats.

What are gel and Shellac manicures? 

To put it simply, in a gel manicure, a coat of colored “gel” (that looks like nail polish) is applied to the nails. After each coat, you put your hands under a UV light to cure (dry) the gel. A number of brands including OPI and Bio Sculpture Gel produce gel polishes. “Shellac,” a technology invented by Creative Nail Design, is similar to a gel manicure in that it also uses UV light to cure each coat.

How are they applied?

In general, both the gel and Shellac manicures claim to last up to two weeks. With regular polish, the top coat begins to dull after a few days, but with gel and Shellac, they look as shiny on day 14 as they did on day 1. They may begin to peel after two weeks, but the real issue is that your own nails grow out, leaving an unpolished band near the cuticle. (Thus the “two weeks” sell.)

How are they removed?

Both gel and Shellac are removed by wrapping the nail in acetone, either with special nail wraps or with a cotton ball soaked in acetone. Do not soak your entire fingertip in a bowl of acetone, as it will dry out your hands and can irritate the skin.


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