Gel manicures are the most popular treatment going at the moment and is certainly the treatment I carry out the most at Eden Beauty. If you are unsure about them or have had a bad experience before it is definitely worth giving them a go as the results are fab and long lasting.
There are many “gel” polishes on the market today however after trying a lot of different ones I will not go with anything other than CND Shellac. One of the main things to know about CND Shellac is that it is the only product out of similar brands that does not in fact contain gel. This means that it makes it a lot easier to remove therefore causing no damage to the nail plate. Many other brands I have tried can last upto 6 weeks but are extremely hard to remove which in turn dries out the nail causing splitting and weakness.
Don’t just settle for a budget product, CND Shellac should last two weeks or longer without chipping or fading and now have a range of just under 80 shades! Another beauty about Shellac nails is that you can also layer different colours on top of each other to create a brand new one which vastly increases their range and they are constantly bringing out more. At Eden Beauty we charge £20 for application which includes a mini manicure or £25 for removal as well. This is the average price and you shouldn’t be paying much more. I have seen places advertising it at £40 which is ridiculous and should not be considered unless they are including a three course meal!
One of the best benefits of Shellac is that it is dry instantly……….yes INSTANTLY! I love to see the look of sheer horror on a clients face when she has never had Shellac before and I wipe over the finished nails with alcohol. This is quickly replaced with relief and amazement when she sees the Shellac is actually still in place and looking shiny and neat.
As mentioned before, the manicure should last two to three weeks depending on your level of activity with your hands and how delicate you are in your daily activities. When you return to get another manicure we will use acetone to remove the Shellac safely and this never takes over 10 minutes. If you find it is taking longer, then the salon may have not used CND Shellac or the acetone may not be pure.
Some people believe that this type of manicure isn’t good for the health of your nails however if it is applied properly and removed safely there shouldn’t be a problem. In my 4 years of using this product I have only met a small handful of clients that do not like it as they felt it did dry their nails out but this is normal as every product can’t possibly for everyone, however it is very rare for that to happen. At Eden Beauty we do offer a full manicure add on to your Shellac treatment for just an extra £5 which is a great booster if your hands are feeling a little dull from the effects of housework or winter!
If you are still unsure and have any questions about Shellac or any other treatments we provide feel free to call us on 0113 32102213 and we will be happy to help further.