What is Shellac?
Shellac is a brand name for a new, patent pending nail product created by Creative Nail Design (CND). The product is thin and strong enough to be applied similary to nail polish, but it cured in a way that gives it great flexibility and durability. It also has the incredible shine associated only with gel nails.
Shellac is a hybrid of nail polish and gel and will leave your nails looking like a freshly polished manicured for two weeks. There is no other product on the market quite like it, certainly no other product is applied like polish and wears like gel. It was developed and tested to withstand the rigours of daily wear and is appropriate for use on natural nails as well as enhancements.
Like any quality polish application, the Shellac system features a Base Coat, Colour Coat and Top Coat. Together with a UV Lamp, they comprise the breakthrough in resilient colour and high shine that remains flawless for two weeks and removes in 10 minutes.
CND Shellac is hypo-allergenuc and '3-free', meaning it is free from formaldehyde, toluene and DBP (Dibutyl Phthalate).
Who is Shellac best suited for?
Shellac is for people who want to maintain natural nails. The formulation looks as good from day 1 to day 14, but does not appear to damage nail beds.
Who is Shellac less suited for?
Those looking to lengthen their nails. You cannot use Shellac to create a longer nail. Also, Shellac isn't for clients with extremely damaged nail beds, split or peeling nails. It is best to get on a corrective program before thinking about Shellac. If your nail is peeling off, it will take Shellac with it.
How is Shellac different from the traditional polish manicure?
Typical nail polish drie by evaporation, which means your manicure is not cured until 2-3 hours after your service. But Shellac is cured by UV light, and within minutes. Your nails are completely dry by the time your manicure is over, and strong enough to withstand accidental knocks. It acts like a plasticized coating, suitable as a long lasting polish.
How is Shellac service different from traditional nail enhancements (fake nails)?
Drills are never used or needed with Shellac, and removal does not leave nails dry, thin, possibly torn.
Can you apply Shellac at home?
No, Shellac can only be applied by a licensed, trained manicurist. Improper tools or techniques will give a less than desirable result with Shellac.
Can you take Shellac off at home?
You can. It requires the user of 100% acetone. Removal at home can be done; proper removal is only 15 minutes overall. However, removal at the salon very minimally increases the time and may be less of an inconvenience for you.