Doesn't matter what I try: different brands, base coat, top coat, magic potions. I get four good days, tops. And I can't stand walking around with chipped nails. (Of course I can't. You know I'm weird about stuff like that.)
Then, a few months ago, a coworker showed me her incredible looking nails, and bragged that she was on week two of her manicure, with not a single chip! I was intrigued. She told me it was called Shellac, which I had heard of, but never actually seen in person.
Finally, for Mother's Day, I asked for a gift certificate to go see the same nail technician, and my husband obliged. It took me almost a month to get an appointment, but the results were so worth it.
What happens is this: a special type of polish is used (our technician uses the "Creative" brand; I've seen it described as a polish/gel hybrid) and after each coat, you stick your hand into a little UV light box. The light seals the polish, and it is virtually bone-dry after the last blast of light (not requiring evaporation time like regular polishes). Reach right into your pocket for your keys; your colour won't budge!
You still have your natural nails, but with a gorgeous, shiny polish that will last at least 14 days! (I made my next appointment for three weeks' time. Once you get new regrowth by your nail beds, it starts to look messy.)
The most stressful part for me was choosing a colour, since three weeks is a big commitment! Although I'm much more of a red girl, I went with a gorgeous pink that I couldn't resist. I've been pulling all the pinks out of my wardrobe for the last few days to go with it.
Here are my hands on Day 10 of the manicure...not a single chip or sign of wear! You can see a bit of regrowth, but that's it. (There's a bit of glare at the tips from the light, but in person they still look perfect.)
Some people wonder if the UV lights are dangerous, and while the power is very minimal, there is no real research to answer one way or the other. Wearing sunscreen on your hands couldn't hurt.
It's possible to take off the Shellac at home by soaking in acetone, but it's recommended that you return to the salon. Removal takes about ten minutes and most of the time is free (of course, the technician is hoping that you're back for another treatment). There is no damage to the nails.
How much would you expect to pay (or be willing to pay) for the Shellac experience? Personally, I find it a bargain at $35. Now, to keep it up permanently would be a bit of a luxury (which at this point I intend to indulge in), but for any occasion that would normally send you scurrying to the salon, this would absolutely be worth it.
To steal from an old (if slightly inappropriate) expression: once you go Shellac, you never go back.
Note: In case this post sounds suspiciously like a paid advertisement, I'd like you to know that I'm not receiving a cent, just sticking with the original theme of my blog: sharing the things This Mom Loves.
These articles might interest you :
People keep saying to me, “Oh your little girl must be loving the normality of being back home in Australia.” I smile, nodding meekly, not wanting to seem... Read moreThe 26 April 2017 by Mint Mocha Musings
EXPAT, SELF EXPRESSION, TRAVEL
Another Month has come and gone! We are travelling through 2017 far too quickly! As much as I would love time to stand still for a moment – it can’t, and it... Read moreThe 26 April 2017 by Mischieviousmum
US soda sales are at the lowest since 1985. And they're not likely to pick up soon, as reports about the potentially brain-damaging properties of sugary drinks... Read moreThe 26 April 2017 by Dietdoctor
DIET & WEIGHT, HEALTH, HEALTHY LIVING, MEDICINE
Number 41 of my semi-regular instalment of biodiversity cartoons, and the first for 2017. See full stock of previous ‘Cartoon guide to biodiversity loss’... Read moreThe 26 April 2017 by Bradshaw
Seriously what is going on with the weather? I woke up yesterday morning looked out the window and was greeted by beautiful blue skies, brilliant I though to... Read moreThe 26 April 2017 by Ashley Crombet-Beolens
Sitting or standing, underhand or overhand, front-toss is tough to beat.There are several ways to practice hitting. Live BP and hitting off a tee are popular... Read moreThe 26 April 2017 by Meachrm
Judge R. David Proctor (center), with family members whohave benefited from ties to corrupt Trump AG Jeff Sessions(From facebook.com)How many ways can a... Read moreThe 26 April 2017 by Rogershuler
MOST POPULAR FROM HAIR & BEAUTY
- Votre Multi Vitamin and Rejuvenating Night Crème Review by Skincarevilla
- Pahlish - Peculiar Purple Paste by Marijonails
- Today’s Freebies (04/26/17) by Elisabeth
- Svayam Natural Apricot Face Scrub Review by Natasha Bhatt
MOST RECOMMENDED IN HAIR & BEAUTY
- Jewelry to go with Pantone’s Spring 2017 Colors by Moin Khan
- 9 Beauty Products that I keep in the Fridge by Anamikadbn
- Maybelline no longer does animal testing unless regulatory authorities demand it by Sharriewilliams
- La Florentina Resort : Our Birthday Celebration of Kuya by Rayrose Camille Samson