The perfection of your nails does not stop at the salon. In order to LOVE your nails everyday you need to take care of them. If you do so, I expect your Shellac nails to last flawlessly for at least 14 days.
- Recommended after care
- Please use Solar Oil at least twice a day (especially at night before going to bed).
- I recommend Solar Oil which I retail at £2.50 and which is made to be used with Shellac. Also beneficial is the use of any CND hand and body lotion daily. Regularly using CND aftercare products will substantially prolong the life of your Shellac and keep your natural nails and the skin surrounding them healthy, moisturized and flexible.
- What is Shellac?
- CND’s Shellac is a nail coating for people with healthy nails who want longer lasting colour than traditional polish with zero dry time. It will not suit every nail condition. It is not suitable for nail biters and I cannot guarantee how long it will last for.
- Shellac is such a thin coating that it relies on the natural nail for its strength, if the nail flakes under the surface, the shellac will also flake away. Thin or weak nails are too flexible to provide proper support so the coating is constantly being put under too much stress and will lose adhesion.
- Things to keep in mind
- There are a few things that you need to consider if you want to keep your Shellac on until your next appointment.
- CND Shellac is not indestructible and should be treated as if you are wearing nail polish. You should protect your nails while doing tough jobs like household cleaning, gardening, hobbies that are rough on your hands or using harsh chemical products without wearing gloves. Constant contact with water, eg if you are a hairdresser, may affect the adhesion and cause chipping and peeling.
- If you are on holiday please be careful when using sun tan oils or insect repellent solutions as many of these products contain solvent oils which will cause major damage to the CND Shellac colour coat.
- Some of the more delicate Shellac colours can fade somewhat if one is in chlorinated water followed by excessive sun (remember that chlorine is a bleach and sun intensifies the bleaching action). Dry your hands and nails after swimming (rinse with fresh water if possible) and before sunbathing to minimize any colour fading.
- Discoloration/ Yellowing/ Stained looking nail coat can happen when doing simple tasks such as putting on foundation, rubbing your hands in your jeans, eating highly pigmented foods with your fingers etc.
- How often should I have appointments?
- Relative to your life-style and activity level, your Shellac will need fortnightly or three weekly maintenance as there will be obvious re-growth. At this point I can either re-Shellac your nails (remove existing Shellac and applying a fresh new colour) or remove the Shellac completely.
- If you do decide you want to remove your Shellac please let me do it safely for you. Incorrect removal at home may damage the surface of your nails.
- My Shellac chipped/peeled
- If lifting or peeling is noticed please do NOT pick or pull at the lifted area, as this will cause the lifting to increase and could even damage the natural nail. Please contact me, as soon as possible, so that I can assess the nail and decide if a repair is necessary. Please note that repairs may be chargeable.
- Correct Removal of Shellac at home
DO not file your natural nail at any point!
- Saturate cotton pads with 100% pure acetone*.
- Place the pad on your nail plate and completely wrap the finger with foil, ensuring a snug fit.
- Wait 8 minutes.
- Remove the wrap by massaging, applying light pressure and pulling at the same time.
- If the Shellac is not completely removed, gently slide off any remaining product with an orangewood stick, in the direction of the nail plate growth. Be careful not to scrape away the surface layers of the natural nail plate.
- If excessive amount of product is still on the nail, start again from step 1.
- Rub the nail with a lint free pad saturated with 100% acetone to remove any residue.
*Note that the acetone sold in drugstores/ supermarkets is not as strong as the professional one I use and the removal process might be more difficult for you.
Incorrect removal at home may damage the surface of your nails.