Long, healthy nails can help in tasks such as scratching an itch or retrieving a wedding ring from inside your pet snake. Get in there with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $15 for a Shellac manicure (a $30 value)
- $22 for a Shellac pedicure (a $45 value)<p>
Julie at Salon 9309 swears by Shellac polish, a gel polish that can last weeks without chipping. Understand the appeal with Groupon’s guide to this resilient manicure style.
Shellac Polish: An Indestructible Allure
After five years of testing and development, CND unveiled its secret weapon. It’s virtually impenetrable; a veritable suit of armor. And it was just waiting to fall into the right hands. Dubbed Shellac, CND’s new nail polish can last 14 days—336 hours—without a chip or smudge. The formula itself is a hybrid of regular and gel nail polish, combining the thick, durable layers of gel with the easy, brush-on application of ordinary lacquer. Between each of four coats, a special, low-watt UV lamp cures the Shellac, hardening it and leaving it dry within seconds. After a single appointment, customers leave the salon with a gleaming manicure that can last for weeks.
Available in more than 30 shades, Shellac polish is no longer new technology, but only trained technicians in a certified salon are eligible to apply it. The UV curing process—safe for the skin—is so effective that Shellac polish must be removed at the salon using strong acetone, most often by slipping a special soaking pad over each finger for a few minutes. Although the polish may not last on dry or flaky nails, healthy fingers generally retain their shine, only losing their color as the roots of new nails start to grow in from the cuticle.