Here's Everything You Need To Know About Shellac Nails

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We believe that no outfit is complete unless you have beautifully manicured nails to flaunt with it. The biggest problem with clean, even-shaped talons is the amount of time and effort it takes for their upkeep. Applying a regular nail polish may get you through a special night but it doesn't last for more than a week. Soon we find ourselves hiding our peeling, chipped nails because with our tightly packed schedules it’s hard to even find time to remove the previously-applied polish. Hence, we’re not surprised that one of the latest beauty trends are shellac nails - they don't chip easily, are extra glossy and are known to last more than a fortnight. But before you get too excited, there are several pros and cons you should know about. If you’re wondering if they might ruin your nails, read on.

So what are shellac nails? A brainchild of Creative Nail Design (CND), it is a manicure that uses UV light to harden colour and achieve a high-shine finish. It is a four-step process which results in beautiful talons that last for more than a fortnight. Don’t confuse this system with gels or acrylics, it is simply a method of applying a especially formulated base coat, colour, top coat and fusing it together using UV lights.

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The warning label that should be provided before you give this service a shot is that you should have strong nails to begin with, since it may end up weakening them. So that you have nothing to fear, before you decide to commit to a 2-week relationship with one particular nail colour, use Orly's Nailtrition Nail Strengthener £14.80. It is an advanced 14-day treatment which promises to support growth and tend to damaged nails. It contains collagen, wheat protein and bamboo extract which have healing powers for weakened, peeling nails. Another amazing product we love is Essie’s Nail Care Apricot Cuticle Oil Soften + Nourish £6.50 as this natural oil nourishes cuticles, instantly quenching moisture to leave you with smoother and softer nails.

Another important point to note - since the shellac nail service is extremely popular it has giving a rise to several fake shellac nail bars so you will need to find yourself a secure, known manicurist. This part is easy as all you need to do is check their credentials and certification before proceeding any further.

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Once you’ve found yourself a trusted manicurist and gotten your nails prepped, it is important to keep your nails healthy post-shellac. Use the ever-dependable Sally Hansen Cuticle Rehab Oil £6.95 as it has been developed specifically to improve nail strength. The oil contains jasmine and rose extracts which help replenish cuticles to give them a healthy and nourished look.

If you were uncertain about trying out this latest beauty trend then we can assure you that you were worried for no reason. Caring for beautiful nails can be an uphill task, but with our tips and recommendations you can proudly show off your nails, all year long.

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