Shellac Nails

By on 2-15-2014 in Artificial Nails, Cosmetology

Discover Shellac Gel Nails

What is Shellac?

Shellac is a new type of gel nail varnish that has been created by California company Creative Nail Design (CND). It is applied like traditional nail varnish and is dried briefly under a UV lamp to set the layers. It is designed to be fast-drying, chip free and last for at least two weeks.

Shellac Nails

Shellac Nails

How to apply Shellac?

  1. The manicurist will first prepare the nail by cleaning, shaping and filing the it. They will also prepare the cuticles and buff the natural nail.
  2. Next, a clear base coat will be applied. This will protect the natural nails and prepare them for the colour layers.
  3. The base coat is cured under the UV lamp for ten seconds on each nail.
  4. The thin first layer of colour will be applied next, then all the nails are cured under the lamp for two minutes.
  5. The final colour layer is applied, slightly thicker than the last, then the nails are cured again for two minutes each.

How to remove Shellac?

Though there are tutorials online to remove Shellac at home, it is recommended that you don’t do this and get it done by a professional instead. This is because the varnish is designed to be removed by a special wrapping process and the tools are not available for the public to purchase. The process is detailed below.

  1. The manicurist will apply a product called CoolBlue to the hands to sanitise them.
  2. Next, each finger will be wrapped with the CND Shellac Remover Wrap which has acetone soaked pads in it.
  3. The wraps are left on for ten minutes.
  4. The wraps are removed whilst pressure is applied to the nails; this is to dislodge the maximum amount of Shellac.
  5. If there is any remaining Shellac on the nails then the manicurist will use an orangewood stick to gently ease it off.
  6. Finally, the nails are washed and dried.

Difference Between Shellac and Gel Nails

Shellac is a form of gel nail varnish but there are several differences. It’s believed that Shellac was developed from gel technology, but taken further to provide faster-drying cover.

Shellac Nails vs Gel

Shellac Nails vs Gel

  • Shellac dries faster than gel nail varnish; both use UV light to set but shellac nails take only a few minutes, considerably less time than gel nails.
  • Shellac layers are usually thinner than gel varnish, allowing your nails to breath and for the varnish to dry faster.
  • Shellac is removed by having the nail wrapped with acetone, whereas gel nails are removed by soaking in acetone. The Shellac removal system is believed to be safer than gelish as there is less chance of damaging the nails.
  • Shellac is only distributed to professional salons and companies; it cannot be bought to do at home. However, there are various products and kits available to apply gel nail varnish at home.

Shellac vs Gel Nails

Though they use the same technology, Shellac and gel nails are different, but which one is the best? We’ve provided the benefits of both so you can decide for yourself.

Gel Nails – Benefits

  • Gel nail varnish tends to last longer than Shellac.
  • Doesn’t chip or smudge.
  • Gel nail kits and products are available to use at home.
  • Durable and strong.
  • There are many colour options available.

Shellac Nails – Benefits

  • Thinner layers and more natural look than gels.
  • Doesn’t chip or smudge.
  • Durable and strong.
  • Colours can be layered together to create new shades.
  • Shellac cures faster than gel nail varnish, so there is less waiting time.
  • Less chance of damage when removing Shellacs as the fingers do not need to be soaked in a bowl of acetone, as with gels.

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