We have a huge amount of choice when it comes to our nails and what kind of manicure we want; however, it is important to look past the hype of the newest nail trend and make sure you are informed on the processes and products that you are putting on your body! To help you understand the differences between normal nail polish and shellac nail polish, we have listed a couple of pros and cons below.
Shellac is created from a blend of gel and traditional nail polish, which means that you apply the product to your natural nails. It is vital that your nails are durable and healthy prior to the treatment because if they are peeling, splitting or damaged this can harm your cuticles more! After you have the shellac painted onto your nails, they are required to be cured with UV or LED light to help them set. However, heavy or regular exposure to UV light can lead to age spots, drying and brittle nails – so make sure you sunscreen and moisturise your hands!
Once you have had your shellac nails on for around two weeks, they will start to grow out and peel at the ends – this means they are ready to be taken off.
Unfortunately, they are not easily removable and require you visiting the salon to have your nails soaked and wrapped in special acetone. Shellac nails offer the natural look combined with the shine associated with gel nails, however it is important to understand the limitations and health risks involved with shellac, as this product is not a nail strengthener and cannot be used to lengthen your nails (so you must be happy with your natural nail length!).
Traditional nail polish is a lacquer that includes ingredients to help protect the nail against drying out and cracking. Your nails can be painted in any shape or form, whether they have layers removed or are feeling brittle, because many traditional polishes include products that help strengthen and moisten your nail, while still looking glamourous. There are many coats involved when using traditional polish to help elongate the time that the polish will stay on your nails. This includes a base coat, three polish coats and a top coat (which is usually fast drying in beauty salons).
After a week or more, the colour may start to chip as it has no heavier barriers protecting it from everyday wear and tear, unlike the gel in shellac polish. This can be seen as a con, however if you like to mix up your nail polish regularly, then this is a great opportunity to do so! Another benefit to traditional polish is that you can remove it easily from home with nail polish remover (preferably ones that include nail strengthening ingredients) or you can see your nail technician. Limitations are that the drying time is a little more time-consuming than shellac polish (however less harming on your cuticles) but in the long run it is better for your nails if you are wanting them to grow healthy and strong.
If you are interested in pampering yourself with a fabulous manicure, we offer exclusive traditional polishes to help make you feel beautiful! Book your appointment at a Tazzanna salon today by going to our website for your nearest store, or for the do-it-yourself option and purchase from our online quality range of beauty products! www.tazzanna.com.au