Not once have I gotten “tips”; my nails filled; or put my hand underneath a light only to return to the nail salon two weeks later to have the vast space between the thick artificial coat and my cuticle filled. To me, there was just something wrong with that. As I’m a firm believer that natural is best, I treat myself to simple manicures and pedicures every once in awhile.
However, nail companies recently introduced the Shellac® manicure to the market. Promising chip- and dent-free polish that maintains a high-gloss appearance throughout even the most damaging activities, I decided to give it a whirl.
I called on my trusted salon, Angelo David, and scheduled an appointment so I could do a test drive. The fabulous nail technician meticulously cleaned my cuticles and filed and shaped my nails in preparation for the Shellac treatment.
She applied a Shellac-specific base, two coats of the Essie Wicked-inspired color, and a clear coat. After each layer, I put my hand underneath a UV light to instantly harden each application. The polish did not appear thick and gel-like and the finish was lustrous and reflective.
The above photo was taken 4 days after receiving the manicure and I’m very pleased that the polish has withstood daily tasks including washing the dishes, lifting weights at the gym, typing and everyday tasks.
After receiving this treatment, I plan to work Shellac manicures into my budget. Thank you, Angelo David, for a life changing experience!