Once You Go Shellac, You Won’t Go Back

First off, let me say, that I love, love, love Shellac nail polish.

After wearing acrylics for 12 years, I didn’t think I would ever be a candidate for Shellac. Mind you, the main reasons why I have had acrylics for so long is because my original nails are short and trashed! My nails would never ever grow because they were too thin. Another reason why I didn’t think Shellac would work for me is because I constantly have my hands in water, hair dyes, and cleaning solutions. Normal nail polish doesn’t last a day under these circumstances. So in the back of my head, I kept thinking there is no way that Shellac can work for me. I don’t have the time to get my nails done more often than acrylics and even then I was having a hard time fitting that into my busy schedule. So after contemplating with myself over the last couple years about Shellac, I had my acrylics taken off.

I decided to let our amazing tech, Meghan Mueller try a Shellac polish on my sad, acrylic-less, short nails. This is what happened:

My nails were definitely short the first week. They were short as in they just covered the nail bed. I enjoyed the true, thin nail with the Shellac polish. The Shellac polish stuck like glue that first week. There was no chipping or peeling. After a week, my nails began to grow and have actual length. My nails don’t usually grow at all, hence the acrylics. So, I’m impressed. The second week, they became long enough to be shapeable. My real nails were growing long and could be filed in square or rounded! Now, this is a breakthrough. So I continued my appointment every two weeks, the same as you do with acrylics. In less than a month, my nails were the same length as they were when I had acrylics. They were also very strong.

Now let me tell you the added bonuses to Shellac polish that I soon discovered. So now, my nail appointments, were freaky fast, like 30 minutes max! That in itself should sell you. That’s an extra half hour added to your life bi-weekly or an extra hour a month; that’s enough time for a message, just saying. The spa can help you out with that too. I mean who doesn’t want to make time for a massage every month. Okay, so those bad days when my acrylic nails would get stuck in a car door and snap off. Those days don’t exist anymore. With the Shellac polish, they just bend a bit and bounce right back. No breaking whatsoever! The last bonus, I would like to mention is the variety of different polishes available in Shellac. There are color changing, metallic, sparkle in the Shellac polish. I’ve also heard of the Shellac polish lasting longer than two weeks also. Use your own discretion, but what a bonus too. So, needless to say, I am never going back to acrylics.

Lastly, some things to remember with Shellac polish. You do need to stearate clear of oils so that the Shellac polish won’t lift. The Shellac polish bonds with your nail to create a strong nail bed. It should never be peeled off. There is a process for proper removal in order to maintain your nail strength. Your nails will suffer, please let the professional take them off! Meghan also offers so many designs for your nails. Check out the nail gallery on our website! Hopefully, you’ll be just as excited as I am about Shellac polish.

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Kristan Sayers

Kristan is an International Design Artist with Neuma, and the owner of K Bella Hair Studio & Spa. She opened K Bella in 2009, where she also began her own Academy Program training students to become licensed cosmetologists. In 2016 she became the State Representative for licensing regulations to help watch for legislative changes that could hurt the beauty industry. Kristan is also known for working with salons to help them grow and train their hairdressers and guiding them in everything from salon design to training programs for salon owners and managers.

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