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Your SHELLAC questions answered:

Your SHELLAC questions answered:
In the ever-evolving world of nail care and beauty, trends come and go, but some innovations stand the test of time, captivating enthusiasts with their unique blend of style and durability.
One such revolution in the realm of manicures is SHELLAC. If you've ever wondered what sets SHELLAC apart from traditional polish or gel extensions, you're in for a treat. Join us on a journey as we unravel the magic of SHELLAC nails, exploring what they are, how they're applied, and why they've become a beloved choice for those seeking a perfect, long-lasting manicure.
What is SHELLAC?
SHELLAC nails refer to a revolutionary hybrid nail polish system developed by Creative Nail Design (CND). Unlike traditional nail polishes or full-fledged gel extensions, SHELLAC combines the best of both worlds, offering a unique blend of ease, durability and a flawless finish. The term "SHELLAC" specifically applies to CND's product, but it's often colloquially used to describe similar gel polish systems.
The Application Process
The application of SHELLAC involves several meticulous steps, each contributing to the longevity and aesthetic appeal of the manicure. Here's a brief overview of the process:
Preparation: The natural nail is cleaned, shaped and buffed to create a smooth surface for the SHELLAC application.
Base Coat: A thin layer of SHELLAC base coat is applied and cured under a UV or LED lamp. This step ensures proper adhesion to the natural nail.
Colour Coat(s): One or more layers of SHELLAC colour polish are applied, with each layer cured under the lamp. This builds up the vibrant colour and provides a long-lasting finish.
Top Coat: A final layer of SHELLAC top coat is applied and cured to seal in the colour, add a glossy finish and enhance durability.


What is SHELLAC?
SHELLAC is the original revolutionary hybrid nail polish system combining the durability of gel polish with the no nail damage properties of normal nail varnish. 
What are the benefits of SHELLAC?
SHELLAC is renowned for it's chip-resistant nature, durability, quick drying and gentle removal processes.
How to care for SHELLAC?
Limit exposure to harsh chemicals and cleaning agents, schedule regular touch-ups or removal and reapplication and keep the cuticles and nails moisturised to prevent dryness and maintain overall nail health.
What is the difference between gel nails and SHELLAC? 
Gel nails are typically made with liquid gel, mixing oligomers and acrylic monomers which harden under a UV light. SHELLAC, on the other hand, is a patented brand created by CND. They have taken durability of gel and mixed it with traditional nail polish, resulting in that traditional shine we all love.
How long does SHELLAC last? 
SHELLAC is a nail colour system offering 14+ days of high-performance wear.
Does SHELLAC damage your nails? 
Providing SHELLAC is safely removed, there should be no damage to the natural nail underneath. Damage occurs when SHELLAC is peeled or picked off, causing layers of the natural nail to weaken. 
SHELLAC nails have emerged as a game-changer in the world of manicures, offering a perfect blend of longevity, convenience and style. Whether you're a busy professional, a trendsetter, or someone seeking a low-maintenance yet glamorous nail solution, SHELLAC might just be the answer. Explore the world of SHELLAC here and discover how this innovative nail treatment has transformed the way we think about long-lasting and elegant manicures.