So, I thought I would start this blog with a few thoughts on the fake shellac that is out there!

Since opening only 3 weeks ago, we have had quite a few people coming into Mooeys with what people think is Shellac on their nails, however when we try to remove it, ready for a fresh application – It doesn’t come off!

After a tough removal treatment, a lovely client suggested that I should write about beauty tips to help ladies know about the kind of damage certain places/products cause.

Now after about 10 removal treatments from the local ‘nail bar’ I thought it was time to tell you what to look for when you are going for your shellac treatments.

There are many versions of Gel polish out there, but Shellac which has been created by a company called CND, really is the real deal. It’s not damaging to your nails (providing you take it off correctly) and gives a lovely shiny finish that not all gel polish treatments leave you with.

Shellac has had some great publicity because so many stars are showing off their fabulous nails, also because if applied correctly, the finish really is beautiful. But…..there are some serious imitations out there that really do trash your nails, so I feel that it is my duty to tell you how to tell the difference and what to look out for.

01: Shellac is a gel polish that is easily removed with Acetone. If it has to be buffed off then IT’S NOT SHELLAC.

02: Shellac goes on thin like a polish, and is not an extension of your nails. It goes under a UV light to cure.

03: Shellac won’t necessarily last as long as some of the nail bars you can go to – but it isn’t half as damaging. You need to weigh up the pro’s and con’s of what you want from the treatment. You can pay for a cheaper treatment and they may last a week longer, but you may have only half of your actual nail plate left!

04: Drills or electric files are bad for your nails and are not needed when applying shellac. Using the drills is what makes the polish last longer – but again, you have a choice of getting one week less out of your polish or half of your nails?

05: A light buff of your nail plate is ok if you suffer with ridges or have a stronger nail. This will help the Shellac to last and gives a much nicer finished result.

06: No face mask is needed with the application of Shellac – it’s not damaging to you or the therapist!

07: Therapists have to be fully qualified in Beauty to be able to use Shellac and to be insured!

08: Beauty therapists are in the industry to look after your nails and make sure that you are not causing any damage to yourself. Please make sure that you find somewhere that has your best interest at heart, not just out to make a quick buck! The wrong therapist could cause permanent damage to your nails and it really isn’t worth the few quid you save.

Now, this is obviously my opinion. You don’t have to take note of anything I am saying if you don’t want to and as long as you are happy with the treatment or service that you are getting, then that is all that matters. I am a therapist who believes in great maintenance and looking after you and your nails, so I am telling you this because I care enough to.

Thanks for reading and I hope this has helped in some way. If you would be interested in having your nails done at Mooeys then you can call us on 01252 448975 or book via our Facebook page – Mooeysltd. We would love to see you