What are shellac nails and are they worth trying? The advantages and disadvantages of the new trend.
Shellac nails are a new trend but what are they comprised of?
There is a lot of hype around shellac nails especially since there are very similar to gel nails that have been around for a long time. Shellac nails are made up of both gel polish and traditional polish. As it is still a new concept there is still not a great range of shades available but it is getting there.
Shellac nails have been hyped for a good reason
We all want that perfect manicure, the polish that doesn’t chip and stays on longer so we don’t have to repaint our nails every three or four days. Understandably, we are all tired of being afraid to use our nails near water as we see it as the enemy when it comes to our freshly painted masterpieces. That’s where shellac nails come in. Their biggest advantage is that they don’t chip easily and they can last around two or three weeks depending on your lifestyle. Not only that, but they allow our nails to grow and act as a shield during that time.
The best of both worlds
We all have been there, waiting for the nail polish to dry before we can even breathe, making sure nothing touches our fingers for at least an hour. As shellac nails are a combination of gel and normal nail polish they have the best properties from both of them which means a glossy finish that will not require you to wait around for ages for it to dry since you can cure it with UV light. This means that the possibility of a smudge is little to none, one less headache to worry about.
Every good thing has a bad side
Yes, they last long. Yes, they are beautiful. But what about your health? There is a good chance that the exposure to the UV light curing lamp can slightly increase the chance of skin cancer. While dermatologists note that the increase for a fortnightly manicure is a bit small, consumers need to be aware of all risks associated with their decisions. The same problem exists for gel nails as well. In addition, the UV light can also cause the skin to dry which is not something pleasant.
Money and time
Another downside is that shellac nails can only be removed at a nail salon and that is most likely when you will want to do them anyway. While traditional nail polish manicures can be done at home and they are inexpensive, shellac nails need a manicurist and they start at $25 in the best case scenario which is pretty pricey for a plain manicure. As mentioned above, there are not many shades to choose from compared to traditional nail polishes and the designs will not be as creative. Of course, this is temporary and will change in the future.
Is it worth it?
If it’s worth it or not depends on you and your lifestyle. Do you think the positives outweigh the negatives? We all know that smudging our nail polish two minutes after applying it is the worst nightmare but our health is more important. If it’s a one time thing then definitely treat yourself! You deserve it! But in the long run, it might prove time consuming and expensive.
What do you think? Would you like to try shellac nails? Let us know in the comments!