For women who gave up manicures because of chipping or smudged polish, a new generation of gel polishes might be the answer for an almost bulletproof nail color.
Creative Nail design (CND) is one of the pioneers of the gel nail-color concept. The company's Shellac system is available only in salons where manicurists apply a base coat, color coat and top coat. Each coat is cured for a few seconds with a UV lamp, and the result is a fast-drying, chip- and smudge-resistant polish for up to two weeks.
Removal requires a return to the salon, where nails are covered in a wrap containing acetone.
Teresa Bell, a nail technician at Miles Salon and Spray Tanning on Richmond Road, found out firsthand the allure of the Shellac system when the salon offered a $35 Groupon earlier this year for a pedicure and Shellac manicure, half off the original price of $70.
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The Groupons — all 500 of them — sold in a flash, said Bell, who starting offering CND's Shellac a little over a year ago.
Customers who favored acrylic nails because they seemed to hold color are switching to Shellac, Bell said. "Since this polish lasts longer on just your nails, a lot of people have taken (acrylic nails) off."
CND isn't the only company offering long-lasting gel polishes. OPI's Axxium is also available in salons, and the company is expected to launch a new line this fall that's rumored to be a big improvement over their old one. And Hand & Nail Harmony produces 72 colors of its Gelish product.
Give your salon a call to find out if it offers gel polishes or visit Cnd.com for a list of locations.