Heard about Shellac?

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

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!

I also like that Shellac doesn’t contain any formaldehyde and makes use of moisturising algae extract.

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.

shellac uv
The special Shellac UV lamp. This is why you can’t use Shellac at home and have to get it done in salons.

Once the two minutes are up, you can pull your hand out and your nail polish is completely and utterly set.

My gorgeous Shellac mani in Decadence, a zexy red hue.

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.

Bone dry baby, oh yeah! I almost couldn’t believe it.

Now take a look at my nails ten days in:

Yip, I’ve got a bit of a gap where my nail’s growing out, but not a chip in sight. And you see how shiny it is? That’s without a drop of Solar Oil!

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.

solar oil
I’ve been rubbing this into my nails every night and adore the way it smells; like almonds.

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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Leigh van den Berg is a freelance beauty writer and avid blogger (LipGlossIsMyLife.com). She's addicted to all things glossy and glam and currently has eight MAC lipglosses rolling around in her handbag.

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  1. Maria Meyer

    Definitely giving this a try – my nail polish tend to last only minutes after applying before they ripple, chip etc.

    7 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    have heard of it but with your wow review planning to get one , thanx

    7 years ago •

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