Shellac nails are a type of manicure that involves a unique polish blend, which is a hybrid of traditional nail polish and gel. This blend is applied to the nails and then cured under a UV lamp. The result is a high-gloss finish that is more durable and long-lasting than regular nail polish. Shellac nails are known for their resistance to chipping and peeling, often lasting up to two weeks or more with proper care. They provide a strong, protective layer to the natural nail, making them a popular choice for those seeking a manicure that combines beauty with durability.
Shellac nails typically last for about two to three weeks with proper care. The exact duration can vary depending on factors such as your nail growth rate and how well you maintain them. One of the key advantages of shellac nails is their durability and resistance to chipping or peeling, which contributes to their long-lasting nature. However, it’s recommended to have them professionally removed after this period to maintain the health of your natural nails.
Shellac is a blend of gel and regular nail polish, and is typically thinner and more flexible than gel. This results in a more natural look and feel, and it’s less likely to chip compared to regular nail polish. Shellac is cured under a UV lamp and typically lasts two to three weeks.
Gel nails, on the other hand, are made of a thicker gel product. They are also cured under a UV lamp, but the result is a harder, more durable finish. Gel nails can last up to three to four weeks, but they may feel a bit thicker and less natural than shellac.
Shellac itself is not inherently bad for your nails. However, the process of applying and especially removing shellac can potentially cause damage if not done correctly. Improper removal, such as peeling or scraping off the polish, can strip away layers of the natural nail, leading to thinning and weakening.
A shellac manicure typically takes about 45 minutes to an hour from start to finish. This includes the process of preparing your nails (cleaning, filing, and buffing), applying the base coat, colour coats, and top coat, with each layer being cured under a UV lamp. The exact time can vary depending on the complexity of the design or any additional treatments you might choose. It’s worth noting that one of the advantages of shellac is that it dries instantly under the UV lamp, so there’s no additional drying time required after the manicure is complete.