The maker of Shellac fingernail polish, Creative Nail Designs, promises a 14-day chip free nails. Shellac manicures are different from a standard manicure from start to finish. The polish has to be applied by a nail technician specifically trained to apply Shellac, as it will not live up to its promise if it is applied incorrectly. If you are considering splurging on a Shellac manicure, here are some answers to common questions about CND’s Shellac.
What are the differences between Shellac and Gelish?
The major difference between Shellac and Gelish is the need to buff the natural nail. Before applying Gelish, your nail technician needs to buff the shine off your nail. With Shellac, there is no need to buff the top layer of the natural nail.
What Shellac colors are available?
The Shellac colors available as of late 2011 are: Mother of Pearl, Cream Puff, Negligee, Beau, Clearly Pink, Romantique, Strawberry Smoothie, Rose Bud, Gotcha, Hot Pop Pink, Tutti Frutti, Tropix, Hot Chilis, Hollywood, Wildfire, Red Baroness, Decadence, Masquerade, Iced Coral, Iced Cappuccino, Cocoa, Fedora, Rock Royalty, and Black Pool.
Are shellac manicures good for your nails?
While no manicure including polish is truly good for your nails, the Shellac manicure is better for your nails than acrylics and some other types of manicures. There is much less damage done to the natural nail during the Shellac process than during the application of acrylic nails and the results last about the same amount of time.
My Shellac manicure is not lasting 14 days. Why?
The main reasons Shellac manicures don’t last a full 14 days is due to too much water exposure, not moisturizing with Solar Oil, which is made by CND and meant to be used daily after the manicure, using harsh household cleaners, or inappropriate application by your nail technician. Wear protective gloves when using cleaning products to protect your nails.
How do I get Shellac training?
Creative Nail Design (CND) offers official training and that is the best way to get Shellac training. If you are unable to get official Shellac training from a CND instructor, it is best to get trained by a nail technician who has a successful Shellac business.
Can you use Gelish colors with Shellac?
The Gelish and Shellac fingernail polish systems work on a different molecular level and cannot be mixed and matched. Some nail technicians will use the UV lamps that are designed by one company to cure another company’s product, but no other intermixing should occur.