As gel manicures become more popular, so do knockoff products and shady application techniques. It's not unusual now to hear that someone's gone in for a gel manicure only to find out later that what's on their nails isn't Shellac, Gelish, or any reputable gel for that matter. To help consumers avoid nail damage and the risk of having weird chemicals affixed to their digits, CND Shellac has come out with its own salon certification system, and we've assembled tips for discerning whether your salon uses authentic application and removal methods. See the guidelines below.
Gel manicures have been all the rage these days, with countless brands coming out with their own versions of the long-lasting polish. But, just like any other salon service, it's always good to do your research before paying a visit to the nail salon. Cleveland's 5 On Your Side news team recently went undercover, sending 10 women with hidden cameras to get gel manicures, specifically CND's Shellac. They found that not all of the salons followed the manufacturers' recommended procedures correctly.
For instance, two women observed that different brands other than CND were also used in their manicures, and others saw an inconsistency in number of layers put on as well as technique. "Application is paramount to get the polish to stay on," explained Barbara Brussee, a licensed cosmetology instructor. (Note: We tried the service and loved it.) But to see how you can establish safeguards, just keep reading.
Good news for women who love long-wearing manicures: this March, CND will introduce 12 more maintenance-free Shellac nail polish colors. Ranging from hot pink to a barely-there buff, these new hues add to the original dozen shades.
If you aren't sold on the chipped manicure trend, then CND's 14-day manicure may be just the thing for you. We've tried Shellac — check out our video review — and can't get over how long it wears. And adding 12 more shades to choose from? That's a dozen more reasons to love it.