Shellac is a product created by a professional nail company called CND. It is a 14 day long lasting hybrid gel polish. Hybrid meaning it is a mixture or a gel and a nail polish. It has the qualities of gel but wears like a nail polish. It has revolutionized the nail industry.
I have been using Shellac for over a year now and was one of the first nail tech’s to provide Shellac nail services in the Lake Norman area. Before investing in the product I did a lot of extensive research about Shellac. This should always be done before using a new product in order to learn the proper steps so you get the best outcome and to ensure client safety.
Contrary to all the hype about Shellac going on just like “polish” and it sounding like if you can polish your own nails, Shellac takes a lot of practice! It’s NOT as easy as it looks. There is a learning curve with this product and you cannot master it until you have practiced! This is why Shellac is a professional product and is not sold to consumers. Although it is built to be completely safe on the natural nail, in the wrong, unlicensed, uneducated hands, it can cause problems. Make sure you always go to a reputable, professional place to have it applied and make sure they are following the CND Shellac steps 100%. Proper Steps to qualify a salon as a certified Shellac salon are as follows:
Salon uses CND Shellac Base Coat, Color Coat and Top Coat for all CND Shellac services
Salon uses the Brisa™ or CND UV Lamp for all Shellac services
Salon does not mix or pair CND Shellac with ANY non-Shellac products such as base coats, top coats or color coats
Salon does not file the natural nail surface during application or removal of CND Shellac
Salon does not soak clients nails in a bowl of acetone to remove CND Shellac
Salon performs a manicure using ScrubFresh™ to P.E.P. (Perform the manicure, Eliminate surface contaminants and Purify the nail plate layers) the natural nail prior to a CND Shellac application
Salon uses 99% IPA to remove the tacky layer at the end of a CND Shellac service
Salon uses SolarOil™ to condition the nail and cuticle area
Salon uses pure acetone and CND Shellac Remover Wraps (or foil & cotton removal method) for removal of CND Shellac
I am proud to say, Bamboo Spa follows each and every one of these steps exactly, so you can rest assured you are getting the best possible Shellac manicure money can buy!
Lastly, part of the challenge of getting the best possible results are teaching the clients that certain habits must be broken or never started. Never ever ever, pick the Shellac off your nails! This can lead to major damage of the nail plate. A polish that is meant to last on your nail for 14 days is NOT going to just peel off the nail. Even if it looks like it will just come right off, it is still very much attached to your nail. Peeling it off WILL take layers of your nails with it. Shellac is also slightly drying to the nail, just like nail polish, the difference is traditional nail polish typically only stays on the nail a few days, and Shellac last 3 times as long. To avoid having dryness issues, it is recommended that the client uses cuticle oil, Solar Oil is CND’s brand of cuticle oil and is a good choice for oil, at least once a day if not more. This is a simple procedure and solution for the dryness.
As a professional nail tech my job is to make sure that every client is properly educated on services in the nail industry and is protected from any harm that may be done. I hope this blog is one step closer to that goal. If you have any further questions about Shellac, please feel free to contact me (704) 657-7811 or you can visit our website, http://www.bamboospalkn.com