The question, “why don’t your nail techs do acrylics?” has been asked more than once here at MCS.
The answer revolves around our ongoing efforts to keep our salon safe and environmentally friendly. We determined early on that acrylic nail application was not a viable option for us because the application and removal of acrylic nails produces fumes and dusts that are potentially hazardous to our technicians and guests.
Wanting a durable polish for our guests with longer nails, we put a lot of research into finding a good alternative to traditional acrylic applications. During our research we were thrilled to see the amazing breakthroughs in polish technology that CND (the manufacturers of Shellac polishes) had made when developing its trademarked success story Shellac® Polishes, a hybrid of nail polish and gel coating. Modern Concepts Salon was among the first salons in the area to offer Shellac Manicures and all of our nail technicians are CND certified in Shellac application and color techniques.
Starting with a handful of colors, Shellac now offers a plethora of colors and glittery additives to create beautifully unique nail colors and designs. Shellac polishes are easily applied, similar to a nail polish, with a base coat followed by color coating and a top coat. Different from traditional polish, between each coat the nails are cured under safe UV lights to harden the polish to a durable strong finish similar to gel nails. If you are worried about the UV lights you can always wear sunblock, however, all the literature states that the UV exposure by the curing lamps is not the same as the cancer causing side of the UV spectrum.
Shellac polishes go on over your natural nail and will allow them to grow to lengths normally not achieved with traditional polishes as the Shellac does add thickness to the nail making them stronger. The Shellac coating “sticks” to the nail when it is cured, which is why you don’t see chipping like you do with regular nail polish. Shellac is a professional product, therefore, to safely remove Shellac you will need to come to the salon. Department store polish remover generally isn’t strong enough to remove the Shellac at home.
When professionally applied and removed, your nails are left in the same condition you walked in with. Shellac will not make your natural nail stronger after it is removed; if you want stronger natural nails you need to be using a product such as Nail Envy. On the flip side, your nail beds will not be damaged by the product as long as you never pick or peel off the coating. If you do get a chip in your nail, simply file down the rough edge and make an appointment to have your Shellac removed.
You should schedule your Shellac manicures every two weeks to maintain beautiful chip-free nails. We also recommend taking a break every once in a while to let your natural nails take a “breather” while using a nail fortifier to nourish and strengthen them.
Final note, if you take our online survey you could win a Shellac Manicure- we select one winner a month. Simply go to our website www.modernconceptssalon.com and click on the Guest Experience Survey on our “Contact Us” page.
Photo Credits to CND www.cnd.com