Choose from Three Options
- $29 for one spa manicure and pedicure combo ($55 value)
- $36 for two Shellac gel manicures ($80 value)
- $21 for one Minx manicure ($45 value)
During the spa mani-pedi, a technician shapes and buffs nails before removing cuticles and exfoliating the hands and feet with a moisture scrub. After applying hot towels, she kneads hands and feet with hydrating body milk and concludes with traditional nail polish.
Shellac polishes cure under a LED lamp and resist chips for up to two weeks. By contrast, Minx films shrink-wrap to your nails, covering them with bold hues and patterns that last about two weeks, as well.
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 LED 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.
Serenity Nail Treatments
Most popular service: Gel manicure
Brands Used: Shellac, OPI, and Source Vital
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Parking lot
Q&A with Deedee Rusling, Owner
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I worked in a salon as a secretary and decided I wanted to become a manicurist, own my own business, and pamper people. I love meeting new people, talking to them, and helping them relax.
Do you or your staff have any special certifications or degrees?
I received my Minx Nails certification in 2007.
Out of your entire repertoire, which is your favorite service to perform and why?
I love performing spa pedicures because they are really relaxing for my clients. I also remove dead skin from the feet—something that many salons don't do.