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Shellac Polish: An Indestructible Allure

Select salons offer Shellac polish, which can last?chip-free?for weeks. Read on for our look at this resilient manicure style.

After five years of testing and development, CND unveiled its secret weapon. It was 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 could last 14 days?336 hours?without a chip or smudge. The formula itself was 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 cured the Shellac, hardening it and leaving it dry within seconds. After a single appointment, customers could leave the salon with a gleaming manicure that could last for weeks.

Available in more than 45 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.

1910 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis,
MN
US

Spa Nails has been in the thick of the nailcare industry for more than 10 years. Its technicians assuage stressed hands and feet with quality services, such as standard and deluxe manicures and pedicures. Once talons have been thoroughly groomed, staffers clothe them in garments of polish by Shellac or OPI. They also offer french manicures, nail repairs, and nail sets adorned with fashionable designs, which are more attractive and less deadly than retractable adamantium blades.

2653 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis,
MN
US

Labella Home Spa offers a truly unique experience with the idea of creating the ultimate in relaxation by offering professional services for In-Home, Spa Parties, Bridal Showers, Corporate Events without the hustle or "air" found in many establishments. We've created an intimate spa appeal that caters totally to individual

111 West 44th Street
Minneapolis,
MN
US

Inside OMG Nails LLC's tidy salon, clients kick back with a complimentary drink as meticulous nail techs file away ragged edges. Restorative pedicures unfold in comfy chairs with built-in footbaths, where sea salt and a foot mask rejuvenate piggies before nails welcome coats of colorful polish. Manicures add evocative shades to hands, keeping things simple with a basic polish change or adding extras including french tips, acrylics, or sheaths for retractable claws. The salon’s technicians also specialize in nonnail treatments, melting away tension with hot-stone massages, coaxing out impurities with mud facials, or boosting wink effectiveness with eyelash extensions.

577 University Ave W
Saint Paul,
MN
US

Leigh Adams may have 20 years of experience in the world of nail artistry, but her reputation isn't built upon longevity alone. She also has the credentials to back it up, including certifications from CND dubbing her a master sculptor of Brisa gel and a master painter of shellac, color, and effects. From simple, lightly buffed manicures to extra-pampering pedicures with seasonally inspired lotions and scrubs, Leigh's repertoire is as flexible as her shellac manicures are strong, and her services can even be tailored to suit men, teens, and the giant foam fingers of sports enthusiasts.

770 Grand Ave
Saint Paul,
MN
US

SuperNatural Hair revamps tresses with flattering layers and Redken color highlights, but that's just a single strand in the salon's ample coiffure. After an invigorating deep-conditioning treatment, skilled aestheticians can outfit fingertips with glitter polish or remove unflattering fuzz from brows during a private waxing session. The salon also offers a vibrant array of hair extensions available in natural hues or accent colors such as neon pink, turquoise, and camouflage.

770 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul,
MN
US