If you want to book in for a manicure, you might be wondering what is involved in a shellac manicure. How does it differ from gel manicures, and what are the results? Sunrise Day Spa in Marlow love to do manicures, and they have a range of options, including Shellac.
What are the pros and cons, and is it the right choice for you? Here’s everything you need to know:
What is Shellac?
Shellac nails are patented nail polish. There are over 100 shades available at verified salons. The formula mixes both gel and traditional nail polish. This is designed to last longer than regular nail polish and give gel nails a more natural look.
There are four stages to Shellac manicures – a base coat, colour coat, and topcoat, followed by a fast curing process under a specially designed LED lamp.
How Does it Differ to Gel Manicures?
Gel nails are made of gel, with a mix of acrylic and other materials that harden under UV light. This creates a very hard, tough glossy coat.
How Long Does a Shellac Manicure Last?
Shellac nails last between 10-14 days. However, Shellac nails are a bit more prone to chipping than gel nails, so you may find yourself needing to return to the salon quicker than you would with a gel manicure. If you take care of them, they should last two weeks before they need maintenance.
What Happens During a Shellac Manicure?
You will have a brief consultation, where you can decide on colours and designs. Your nails will be painted with Shellac nail varnish – a base coat, colour coat, and topcoat – and then cured under a unique LED lamp. This takes hardly any time at all, so that you will come away with perfectly dry nails.
How to Remove Shellac Nails
You’ll have to go back to the salon for shellac nail removal. It takes around 15 minutes using a special acetone-based nail polish remover (this is made for Shellac polishes). This is really easy and not damaging to your nails.
What Are the Pros and Cons of Shellac Nails?
The Pro’s of a Shellac Manicure:
- Produces strong, glossy nails
- Easier to remove and less damaging to nails
- Lasts between 10-14 days
- Over 100 shades to choose from
- Quick to apply
The Cons of a Shellac Manicure:
- May chip more quickly than gel nails
A Shellac manicure may be the perfect solution if you’re looking for something a bit less potentially damaging than gel nails, but you want something that will last longer than regular nail polish.
A Shellac manicure is a nice, relaxing experience. If you want to feel pampered, why not book an appointment for a Shellac manicure today?