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I have several nurses that are in love with Shellac. They are concern of the effects of acetone being on their nails for 10 min and the prolonged use of Shellac. Help how can I answer these questions intelligently or offer them a resource to go to. Also, I have some clients that have their nails splitting after prolonged use of the Shellac get. What can I tell them? By the way we LOVE your product at Aqua.
Removing Shellac by exposing the nail to acetone for 10 minutes, with a Shellac wrap, which isolates the area of exposure, once every two to three weeks, will not create a long lasting effect for your clients. Clients need to use Solar Oil on a daily basis. Solar Oil has a cumulative effect. What this means is that Solar OIl will penetrate through the Shellac and into the natural nail with “Repeated Use”. The more you use it the more it penetrates. Using Solar Oil helps offset temporary dehydration and daily use of water. Water is one of the strongest chemicals that we use daily… we use water to bathe, wash our clothes, sanitize implements, and with pressure it will remove paint and just think about what it can do to rocks over time. Clients that are using water in excess daily will be noticeably more dry than other clients. These clients may need to use Solar Oil more often.
For your clients with splitting nails. I think what you are talking about is that the nails are peeling on the extension edge. Prior to application of Shellac make sure that you gently buff away any loose nail plate with a Koala buffer and then proceed with P.E.P. and application. Again, suggest they use Solar Oil a minimum of once a day.
If you need more details or have any more questions please don’t hesitate to ask.
I too have been loving the Shellac (besides having to wait for more to come in!) Here are some issues I have had repeatedly after doing what I think is everything correct:
As in the Blog above, mentions, removal seems to leave nail “rough” and I having to buff – then basecoat always seems to be “grainy and sandy”! Especially noticeable with frosty colors like “Iced Cappuccino” and “Strawberry Smoothie”. I can’t seem to get nail smooth and clean. Some clients it will come off great, the Shellac just curls up off nail, and some it sticks on and I have to scrape it off (I have even left wraps on longer than suggested – doesn’t help). Some ideas?
The darker colors have more pigment and people have a tendency to apply thicker. The lighter colors have less pigment and people have a tendency to apply thinner. The thicker you apply Shellac the longer it will take to penetrate through the tiny tunnels. Use thin coats and take note that if you are scraping you are definitely going to leave the nail rough and need to buff. It sounds as if the acetone may be evaporating too fast. Make sure that the Shellac Wrap is saturated and really tight (to prevent evaporation) Use and orange wood stick to remove vs. a sharp metal object or file. Also if there is any residual, use a plastic backed pad with acetone and scrub to remove.
When I use the shellac and top coat, the top coat is tacky after the lamp treatment. I used alcohol but it smeared the top coat. I even tried leaving my hands longer under the lamp but I still had a problem. Thanks.
It sounds like a curing problem. We highly recommend using the CND UV lamp for proper cure. Make sure the bulbs are completely inserted into the sockets and that the lamp and bulbs are clean. Check your hours on your lamp to make sure they are fully curing. Use 99% Isopropyl alcohol to remove the tacky layer after cure.
Click Link for a how-to: check hours on CND UV Lamp.
As a client I love Shellac. I’m on my second round. Using Solar Oil at night does make a huge difference, so thanks for that tip. Im now on day 17 with a Shellac French manicure that still looks great even with the inevitable grow out. I might make it to 21 days!!! But reading the procedures you suggest here, I notice my salon doesn’t really follow them exactly. What can I say to them? For example on removing my first Shellac, they just dipped me in a bowl of acetone, no wraps.
We are glad that your are experiencing such great success with Shellac. Suggest to your salon that minimizing the exposure to acetone will help prevent potential problems of dry skin and cuticles by using the Shellac wraps. In the meantime use Solar Oil more often to help hydrate.
I love this product, it is absolutely amazing. I have had no problems with it until I started using Fedora. It seems to be “pitting” up after it is cured. I know it is said to do the layers very thin, but with dark colors sometimes you have go a little thicker, is that maybe causing the problem? New bottles of product, and brand new CND lamp.
With dark colors some people “want” to apply dark colors more thick because they want full coverage immediately. The first coat should apply streaky and semi-transparent. Also cap the extension edge of the natural nail first before applying your color to the nail plate to prevent pooling at the tip. Let us know how it’s working.
I have been using Shellac over nail enhancements. When I use the white for the french tip some of them look like they bubble on the tips. Why are they doing this just on some of them and not all?
It sounds like some may be a little thicker than others. Try capping the extension edge of the natural nail first before applying your color to the nail plate to prevent pooling at the tip.
One question can you do nail art on top of Shellac. And if so do you put a second coat of Shellac top coat or can you put a regular top coat on? Thank you
You can do nail art with Shellac and seal it with a second top coat of Shellac. Keep in mind it may take a couple extra minutes to remove Shellac with the extra layer of top coat. You can also put a polish top coat on if needed.
I used shellac once and I’m very happy with the product. Now, I am pregnant and would like to know if shellac can be used without the UV lamp or if it’s safe to use it during the pregnancy. Thanks
Shellac must be cured with the UV lamp. The amount of UV exposure you get from a Shellac service is approximately the same as walking from your house to your car.
Is there any way to thin out the Shellac. It seems like the white for my french manicures has got very thick and I still have quite a bit left in the bottle. It makes it hard for application..Any suggestions? Thanks
We do not recommend thinning out Shellac as it will affect it wearability. When you receive a new bottle of Shellac you must shake it prior to EVERY application. When a bottle of Shellac sits, the pigments settle at the bottom, while the solvents float to the top. Then, if the bottle is not shaken every time the solvents are not mixed up. When Shellac is applied without shaking, the solvents at the top get used first leaving behind the thicker pigment. This causes the Shellac to become thick, stringy and can cause wrinkling as it’s very difficult to use thinly.
Also keep the bottle away from the UV light and stored in a cool dark area.
I am a nail tech and have been for eleven years. I love CND products. I had a client come into the shop recently that wanted Shellac. One of the new girls was available and did the service for her. The client refused to allow the tech to shape the nails and our do the prep. Needless to say it did not stay. The point is the tech needed to stand up to her and explain certain process needed to be done, and the client needed to allow the tech to do the job she was paying for. The lady told me she know how it was done because she read about it online. I am sorry people the internet does not have a liscense to do nails.
Are the Shellac products and its ultra violet lights safe for pregnant women?
Shellac products have shown no problems with pregnancy. UV light exposure during a Shellac application is approximately the same
amount of UV exposure from walking to your car.
Of course we suggest you have your client’s consult with their doctor prior to any service if they have concerns.
I just got the worst $30 manicure ever. The shellac looks like I have a week of growout and the thumb nail is chiped already!!! I got it done two hours ago. So 14 day NO it lasted 2 hours. I am in the business and was debating weather I wanted to invest in this system. Unless some one can tell me otherwise I cannot see how this product is worth 300 for a starter kit when it doesn’t live up to its promises
We are terribly sorry to hear that you had a bad experience. If the Shellac looks like you have a week of grow out, I would guess that could be an application issue. That would lead us to believe that the Chipping thumb may be as well. Take a look at our Shellac Step-by-Step and see if the process was the same that you received. We would love to contact you and get your feedback. We will send you a private email with the option to contact.
When will the CND UV Shellac lamps be available through our distributors. I am excited to start the service but have been on hold for months due to issues with ordering?????
CND is making some progress on CND UV Lamp production. Unfortunately, it is taking longer than expected to increase production capacity to meet demand. CND will continue to airfreight CND UV Lamps weekly to expedite delivery. We expect to be fully in stock by year-end. You can use the Brisa lamp to cure Shellac if you have it.
I have been a licensed nail tech for 18 years and I must say that Shellac is one of the best inventions to come along. I truly love it and have some very happy clients. I have worn my shoulder out filing on artifiical nails so I love this service. I have learned the hard way with shellac that thinner is better. I can’t wait to really promot this product when more is available. I was lucky and saw the writing on the wall and bought all the base and top coat I could before my suppliers ran out. All my schellac clients are going 2 to3 weeks. Some feel they can afford the 3 week price but not every 2. I know bad for me for great for them. I even had a 13 and a 82 year old go 5 weeks with no lifting. Of course a lot of growth, but it certainly was proof of Shellacs staying power. Thanks.
Can Shellac be delooted with polish thinner like other nail colors,base coats and top coats?
We do not suggest thinning Shellac as it affects the wearability. The key to keeping Shellac thin is to shake the bottles for a minimum of 30 seconds prior to each use.
We started using the shellac and we love it but have the problem that people are coming in with peeling. We have followed every step and make sure we shake the bottles very well before and during the service and apply thin. The client’s are coming in with them peeling at the tips of their nails?!?! Also, when we soak off the acrylic system they are using ( I currently do overlays or sculpts) and put on shellac they are saying their nails hurt and they are breaking, is there a special way to switch them over to the shellac for a more natural effect?!?! My clients are wanting to stop the acrylic system and I don’t want them to change their mind after one week…so any helpful hints:)
We suggest that you do a “grow out” period from Liquid & Powder to Shellac. Thin down the L&P and apply Shellac this will help ease them into the process. It sounds like their natural nails might be a little thin under the L&P. This could contribute to the peeling if they are overly flexible. Also if their natural nails peel it’s important to gently buff away the peeling area prior to application.
when applying shellac, i tried to keep a little margin away fr the cuticle. but after curing under the lamp, it seemed shellac shrank more than i expected. seemed there is a larger gap fr the cuticle. what should i do?
It sounds as if the Shellac needs shaking. Shake the bottle for a minimum of 30 sec prior to each use. You can read more about Why do I need to shake the Shellac bottles here.
Is their a substitute for the Shellac UV Base and top coat for natural nails? I am out of the products and need something that will be as effective. Thanks for your advice.
There is no “substitute” for Shellac base and topcoat. Shellac is a new revolutionary product that allows for 10min removal with no filing on the natural nail. We suggest you try several distributors for instock products. Take a look at one on our Education Ambassadors sites with some Shellac sightings.
In the meantime may we suggest a manicure with Colour & Effects.
I have read that you an use the Brisa top and base coat with the Shellac colours. Is that true?
Brisa Bond is a permanent non-soakable base for Brisa Gel.
Brisa Gloss is a permanent non-soakable top coat for Brisa Gel.
If you use Brisa Bond and Brisa Gloss with Shellac it will not be removable.
I would like to get rid of my acrylic nails. Would the shellac line be an option for me? Or do I need to wait a period of time?
Yes Shellac is definitely an option. Have your nail professional thin down the acrylic and apply Shellac directly over it to help assist you with the grow out.
I recently had my first shellac manicure. There is a bit on the edges of my skin along my nail beds. Is there any way to remove the excess shellac color from my skin?
Shellac will not adhere long to the skin because of the oils. Most of it will soften and remove with bathing or washing hands. However Shellac should not be applied to the skin. If any of the Shellac touches the skin it can be removed with and orange wood stick wrapped in a small amount of cotton and 99% Isopropyl Alcohol, before being cured in the UV lamp.
I have this problems with some of my clients, i follow CND recommend instruction how to appy the shellac. but some of my customers said in about 3 days it will it peel . can you you tell me what i do wrong how to prevent from it
Take a look at the clients that are peeling and diagnose their nail type. If they are dry, they may need to use Solar Oil more often. Shake the Shellac bottles prior to every application and always cap the free edge of every layer.
Let us know if you need more assistance.
I just had shellac done on my nails but thinking I would like a different colour now, but Im not due for an appointment for some time. So I was wondering can I put basic nail polish over the shellac nails and will it hurt them?
You can apply nail polish on top of Shellac. Keep in mind that If you want to remove the nail polish this will start breaking down the Shellac. If you choose to wear nail polish on top of Shellac, try to wear it until your next appointment for a Re-Shellac, then allow your Nail professional to remove the nail polish color. Remember to use your Solar Oil.
I am a nail professional and have been using the Shellac since it first came out. I am loving it by-the-way. Can you tell me what we should be charging for this service. FYI, I live in a very small town and dont feel I could get away with charging what a bigger city could.
You can find on our website a pdf for our recommended Suggested Shellac Service Pricing.
Will you be producing a deep red for the holidays? Something like a burgundy? Your current colors are limiting. I love the product!!
Fedora with Red Baroness
Fedora with Wildfire
Red Baroness with Wildfire
I have just started using shellac and have had a few app problems. The 2nd time I did it I went to remove the tacky layer and it seemed to remove some of the colour. The next time I tried leaving the under the lamp for longer, but found that the colour had gone a bit bubble over the nail plate. Is this because they had been cured for to long or could something eles be goin on with them?
The color on the pad after removing the sticky layer is caused because the top coat in not completely covering the color layer. Check the sides and back, you will probably notice a slight dull area (this is where the top coat hasn’t covered the color coat)
The bubbling is usually caused from using the product too thick, not shaking the bottle for 30 sec prior to each use and/or using less than 99% Isopropyl Alcohol.
I have the Shellac polishes, and am ready to go with the exception of the CND Shellac lamp. Which is beyond frustrating because I’ve been waiting for since the beginning of August. I’ve been calling both our local supply houses weekly and they’ve not received any lamps in all this time and when I called today they said the were just informed that December 1st is the new “estimated” arrival date. Seriously? 5 months of waiting? I think I’m ready to return everything I’ve bought. I have to keep passing the disappointing news to my clients whom have about run out of patience with me. What is a legitimate estimate of when our supply houses can expect shipments?
Thank you, beyond frustrated.
We know that you are anxious to get the new CND UV Lamp. We have made some progress on lamp production. Unfortunately, it is taking longer than expected to increase production capacity to meet demand. CND will continue to airfreight CND UV Lamps weekly to expedite delivery. We expect to be fully in stock by year-end. ?
In the meantime if you have a CND Brisa lamp, it will also cure Shellac.
Thank you for your patience,
Just opened a new bottle of top coat and it is really so much thicker than the first bottle purchased. After waiting on our order forever, we just received 6 bottles each of the top and base. I’m concerned that the top coat is defective? I used it on a client yesterday after applying cream puff for a french tip and it literally pulled off the color? Not a problem before.
The product has not changed from the original production. If the top coat is pulling off the cream puff color, we would have to assume that the cream puff is not fully cured. As once it is cured it will not run or pull with the next layer. Are you using the CND UV Lamp or the CND Brisa lamp?
I thought it may have been a case of the colour beening to thick. I have only had the colour for three weeks and have found that this time when I used it is was really quite thick and stringy. I have to shake the bottle a lot longer. Is there a reason why it has gotten so thick so quicky?
Certain colors “feel” thicker than others due to the amount of pigment in them. If the color is thick and stringy try shaking it more, as the solvent may not have completely mixed together. Let us know if this helps.
Sorry One more thing I have found is that when the colour goes on sometimes it’s like it gets stuck a misses a stop. Kind of like it is sticking to the base coat or colour under it.
If this continues to happen after shaking the bottle vigorously, contact your distributor for a replacement.
I have been in contact with a salon which is listed on your website as doing the Shellac process. After emailing the person and asking if they buff the nail this is what they responded: As far as roughing up the nail, it depends on how oily of nail bed you have. You definitely have to take a large hand file and gently remove the shine of the nail if you want a long lasting gel polish. After that you put on the nail dehydrater to make sure there is no oil on the nail. Our nail produces oils on its own like our hair. If you prepare the nail properly, you will not get lifting of gel polish. If you put anything on the nail that needs to cure under the special light, it is best to file the nail gently by hand. This does not do damage to the nail. If anything, my clients are coming back in every two weeks with stronger nails. If I just put the gel polish on without preparing the nail, it wouldn’t last. They always make it sound easy to use. You do need to know what you are doing.
I am not happy about my nail being buffed/scuffed up. Is this necessary? Should I inquire at a different salon? I would think if it is one that is recommended on your site that they would know the procedure. Please advise. Thank you.
When applied and removed correctly, Shellac will not weaken nails. In fact, many people report that their nails grow much longer when wearing Shellac. However, if Shellac is applied or removed incorrectly and a file is used to buff the natural nail, the nails could become weaker as the layers of the natural nail are removed. This is why it is imperative that Shellac be used as a system to include the UV Base Coat, UV Color Coat and UV Top Coat with no filing to prep the natural nail.
I have done some research on the Shellac and I am wondering when would you apply the sugar scrub and and do the massage for a manicure? (before or after applying Shellac)
You would do any type of extra SPA treatments, like the sugar scrub, after the Shellac Treatment.
Is it ok to use scrubfresh to wipe off the sticky layer at the end? Or if I use alcohol is it ok to use the 70% from a drugstore?
ScrubFresh contains acetone which will start to break down the product. Use 99% Isopropyl Alcohol, as less will cause cloudiness and potential pitting in the top coat.
I have a client that has been wearing Shellac(french) since July. This time she went on two trips to Colorado and Las Vegas and when she came back she had a purple discoloration on top of her two pinkies and the tips of the next two fingers. She said she didn’t get in to anything it just appeared about 5 days before she came in. Just wondering if this has happened to anyone else. It came off just fine.
Color stability is a formulation requirement for all nail coatings, and special stabilizers are added to the majority of cosmetic products to prevent colors from changing or fading. Additionally, all cosmetic formulas, including the Shellac formula, are regulated to cosmetic approved ingredients. Unfortunately, some pigments that are approved for cosmetics are more likely to fade than others. Therefore, just like when wearing nail polish or other cosmetic products, some clients may experience slight fading when wearing some Shellac colors overtime.
Not all Shellac colors will fade, but some colors have a greater tendency to fade than others.
In general, lighter colors are less color stable than darker colors. Negligee, Romantique, Strawberry Smoothie and Rosebud are the most common colors that may show signs of fading within the Shellac color range. These lighter shades have one thing in common – pink. The pigment used to create pink is more prone to fading. The good news is that even though Shellac pinks may fade when worn overtime, they do so at a much slower rate than nail polish under the same condition.
Shellac is formulated with Acetone Soluble Polymers (tiny tunnels) making it removable in 10 minutes. These tiny tunnels also make Shellac less chemically resistant than gels, liquid & powders or other enhancement products. Thus some pigments in Shellac can be easily attacked by chemical exposure during daily activity such as bathing, house cleaning, laundry, gardening, car washing, swimming, etc. Sun light exposure can also make colors fade faster. Heat and humidity have much less effect on fading, but can accelerate fading when combined with chemical or sunlight exposure.
Shellac should not limit daily activity, however to minimize fading and maximize long-term wear of Shellac please follow the following guidelines:
• Recommend clients wear gloves when they work with household products that contain solvents and/or strong oxidizing agents (such as chlorine, bleach and strong detergents)
• Minimize the time in swimming pools (which water contains chlorine) and public jacuzzi (which contains even more chlorine and high temperature)
• Minimize sun light exposures, especially right after spending time in swimming pools.
• Choose hand lotions carefully. Stay away from lotions that include strong active ingredients such as tanning lotions and skin bleaching lotions. Mild lotions such as baby lotions and Scentsations are good choices.
When layering shellac, is it ok to do 2 layers of one color before doing the second color? I feel like I’m not getting the coverage I need when it’s time to do the second coat of the second color.. Any tips or tricks for me? We’re doing a trial of shellac for 6 months since we currently use a different gel polish product. The other nail techs don’t think it will be as successful and last as long as the other product, but I love shellac. How can I get them to become believers? I already had one client come back after 2 days and switch back to the other product.
I am a happy first time Shellac customer 2 weeks in. I would like to know if it is possible to file down my nails as they are getting a little long, but i think the polish could go another week.
You can shorten your nails with a 240 grit buffer. However you will be breaking the seal of Shellac and could experience some service breakdown. We would suggest you consult with your nail professional and discuss your length, a length that will allow you to make it through the two week time period between your appointments.
I wonder if maybe she got some new darker wash jeans and maybe some of the dye came off onto and stained the shellac when reachin into her pockets? I’ve actually had that happen to me when I was first experimenting with shellac. Just a thought…
I am having a problem with shrinkage or shriveling of shellac mostly when using the darker shades
Are you shaking the bottle thoroughly before each application. Also make sure you are using ScrubFresh prior to application. And use very thin coats. When applying Fedora the first coat should apply semi-transparent. The second coat will give you your coverage even with a thin application. This will greatly reduce wrinkling.
Link to Shellac Step-By-Steps
Link to helpful videos on Shellac from one of our Education Ambassadors
the product is awesome!! Have your girls watch the how to video. I have switched ALL my water manicures and some gel users to Shellac. It lasts on me for more than 2 weeks and i’m a manicurist!! Good luck. It really is wonderful! Becky
I have problems with nails growing with splits in the side, usually on the thumbs and middle fingers. I am wondering if shellac can be used over a silk wrap, or if there are any other ways to keep natural nails from growing out with splits. The splits are not on the free edge, but begin about in the center of the side of the nail. Also, I am a hair stylist, and the shellac usually begins peeling off within a week. I apply solar oil 3 times a day to help them stay hydrated, but a week seems to be as long as it will hold out. Any suggestions? I appreciate it.
CND has not tested Shellac with Silk Wraps. You can experiment with it and see if it works for you.
As a hair stylist you are exposing your hands to water on a continuing basis. The used of Solar oil will definitely help to offset the balance. You may need to remove and reapply more often than the average client. Some keys to long wear are, THIN coats during application and Capping the free edge of the nail. Even if you think you are going thin, try to go a little thinner.
Let us know how it works for you.
Where can I find the following video clips cited in CND’s Shellac Updated dated Nov 8? I checked CND’s sitemap but was unable to locate them.
Please visit cnd.com for helpful ‘Shellac In Minutes’ technical videos for more information on:
• Single color application & removal
• French application & removal
• Color Layering
• CND UV Lamp set-up
I want to start having my nails done, but I am in doubt whether I should go for Shellac or Brisa Gel.
I wonder if you could tell me which product will last longer and which one will do less damage to my natural nails: Shellac or Brisa Gel? Which one would you advise me?
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Hope that helps!
Holly L Schippers
CND Education Ambassador
It is difficult to know what would be best for your nails without looking at them. Finding a well educated nail professional that can do a consultation would be your best bet. Have you looked on the Shellac salon finder and referenced the regular salon database as well to find a salon that offers both? Call and request a consulation. If you need length added, Brisa may be what they suggest. If you are just looking for more durable polish, Shellac is a great option!
Hope this helps
Holly L Schippers
CND Education Ambassador
Does anyone have a good way to do the French? Our nail tech has been doing nails for 12 years, and she had trouble shaping the white. If anyone has a video or how to on the French application that would be great. Thanks!
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Love your products!
It was a saviour for my poor chipped nails..
One question: I’ve been wearing Shellac for the last 6 months, and I love it.
I tend to change the colours quite often, and my saloon keeps promising me new colours.
How long until we’ll find new shellac colors in the salons?
We are so glad to hear of your success with Shellac. The new Shellac colors will be launch in Spring 2011. Thanks for your patience.
Just got my nails done for the first time and after 2 hours they are still tacky – any thing i can do or do i need to go back tomorrow? They seem to have followed the step by step?
They must have forgotten to remove the tacky layer with 99% Isopropyl Alcohol using a plastic backed cotton or lint free pad.
Remove the tacky layer with 99% Isopropyl Alcohol with a lint free or cotton pad.
Can I apply the 99% alcohol?
Thank you – I had 70% Isopropyl Alcohol at home and ya la it looks great thank you.
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