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Are Shellac Nails Worth the Cost?

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If you haven’t heard of Shellac manicures by now, you’ve probably been living under a rock. Shellac has been taking the manicure world by storm, and for good reason: it’s fast, easy, requires no drilling, and provides long lasting, gorgeous results. While many claim their Shellac manicures last for a couple of weeks, others swear they last for over a month. With so many colors available, Shellac seems to be the new norm in manicures these days. But considering the relatively steep price tag, is Shellac worth the cost?

Let’s Examine the Shellac Nail Treatment

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The name “Shellac” is actually the brand name of the nail product used in this manicure process, and was developed by Creative Nail Design. Shellac is basically a hybrid nail treatment, combining both nail polish and gel. The product is applied similarly to nail polish, expect that an additional step is taken to cure the polish in such a way that allows the polish to last a long time, withstanding wear and tear. It also creates an amazing shine that you would typically see with gel manicures.

Traditional nail polish dries through evaporation, which means that the manicure isn’t fully “cured” for at least a couple of hours after application. Instead, Shellac involves UV light to cure the polish within a few short minutes. Instead of hanging around your nail salon for what feels like forever waiting for your regular nail polish to dry, Shellac polish is cured in a fraction of the time, and is durable enough to withstand accidental bangs and knocks. It’s essentially like a plasticized coating for your polish. No drills are used with Shellac, and removal does not leave nails dry or thinned out.

What Can You Expect to Pay for Shellac?

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A Shellac manicure is typically more expensive than a regular manicure because of the process required to set the nail polish. The price will obviously vary from one salon to the next, but you can expect to pay anywhere from $30 to $60, depending on where you’re having the treatment done. On average, $35 to $45 is typical. While this may sound expensive, it’s pretty comparable to the price for a gel manicure, which runs on average of about $30 to $40 per session.

There is also the additional cost of removing the Shellac, much like there would be with an acrylic or gel manicure. It’s more expensive to remove Shellac as opposed to regular nail polish because of the extra amount of work and tools involved. You can reduce the overall costs associated with Shellac manicures by looking into touch-ups rather than a complete re-do. As your natural nail grows, the Shellac will have to be added to the bottom of the nail bed to keep up with the growth.

Benefits of Shellac Nails

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The advantages of Shellac are obvious. First of all, the fact they last for as long as a month is an attractive feature of this type of manicure. Not having to constantly touch up chipped nail polish is a huge plus. If you’re one to always have your hands into things, the hard-to-chip Shellac would serve you quite well. It’s great if you plan on going on vacation for a week or two, and don’t want to have to worry about what your nails will look like after a couple of days. Beach sand and saltwater are no match for this durable manicure!

Shellac manicures provide your nails with the most shine possible, much like a gel manicure. However, Shellac differs from gel in that no drills are necessary to sand down the nail bed, which means less damage to the nail, and less potential for infection due to accidental knicks made from these tools. Fabulous nails for weeks is certainly what attracts women to this unique type of manicure!

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