Will gel polish ruin my nails?

Q. I really love having a manicure, but I do find that my polish only really lasts for a couple of days before it is chipping at the ends of my nails. I have heard of gel polishes that last for two weeks, but I worry they would damage my nails. Is this the case?

A. Having a manicure is such a treat, a real luxury and pamper for your nails and a well-earned break from it all whilst you relax in the tranquil salon environment, and gone are the days now where the results of all that pampering are a distant memory almost overnight.

If you are concerned about the length of time you are keeping the results of your normal manicure, then CND Shellac is probably the answer to your prayers.

When CND launched the Shellac system they declared that the beauty industry should “say hello to the future!” and that genuinely has been the case. Shellac is the breakthrough service that combines the ease of polish with incomparable high gloss shine and extended wear. A true innovation in chip-free, long lasting colour.

The Shellac treatment, when carried out by a fully CND accredited professional therapist will not cause any damage to the natural nail plate, as there are no drills or nail surface filing required. Removal is also safe and gentle to the nail and can be done in as little as 8-10 minutes. It is so easy that it can be done at home with the CND remove tube and the specially designed removal wraps. Soaking nails in bowls of drying and damaging acetone is a thing of the past.

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Another amazing feature of the Shellac product is that there is no drying time, so nails stay salon immaculate for two weeks, with no smudges, dents or chips in the finish. You can just grabs your car keys and go without fear that they will be ruined by the time you drive off the car park and “palm only” driving will be a thing of the past!

With regard to your primary concern of nail damage, as well as being gentle on application and removal the thin yet strong CND Shellac protects and helps strengthen natural nails. Shellac is a porous product and will allow absorption of strengthening proteins such as Nailtiques and nurturing oils like Solar Oil, through it to keep the natural nail strong and hydrated.


Shellac colours are available in every conceivable shade and with the launch of Shellac Additives and Rock star nails you can now create your own bespoke colours and designs to stamp your own individuality and personality into your manicure treatment; expressing yourself through your nails.

If you need any more information or would like to talk to someone about prices and appointments, please feel free to pop into the salon or call us on 0161 627 1114 and one of our dedicated staff will be happy to help you.