A little while back I was invited to experience a Creative Nail Design Shellac mani. It’s an awesome new way to colour your nails and involves painting on a special ‘polish’ made from medical grade synthentic resin. It wears a lot like gel in that once it’s on, it promises to stick around without chipping for a good 14 days!
Anyhoo, to get my mani, I popped into the Dante Wellness Spa in Sea Point. It was there that myself and a few other beauty eds got to meet Dalize Havenga, the local distributor for the brand. We also watched a great video on the awesomeness that is Shellac and then got down to business…
After a quick nail shape and cuticle clean up, my Shellac was applied much like regular polish. However, in between coats, you place your hand under a UV lamp for two minutes.
Once the two minutes are up, you can pull your hand out and your nail polish is completely and utterly set.
They were so dry, in fact, that I could run my hands through my hair or dig around in my bag to find my car keys.
Now take a look at my nails ten days in:
Another serious Shellac bonus? The colour is slightly porous, so your nail beds are able to breathe. This means they won’t dry out or get damaged from wearing the polish. Dalize also introduced me to the most divine nail and cuticle oil that I’m now completely obsessed with; CND Essentials Solar Oil nail & cuticle conditioner, R45 for 3,7ml.
When your Shellac mani grows out to the extent that it doesn’t look so pretty anymore, you can simply pop into the salon to get a fill or have the colour removed with extra strength acetone. You won’t be able to take Shellac off with regular old nail polish, which is why I’ve been filling up my own ‘gaps’ by painting a matching red nail polish over my mani. If I make a mistake with my nail polish, I can remove it with regular nail polish remover without messing up my Shellac mani underneath. Love, love, love!?
If you want a Shellac mani, call (011) 791 4027 to find a list of salons in your area that offer the service. Prices will vary, but at Dante Wellness Spa, a mani will cost you R235 and a pedi R360.
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