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  • Schwaller: Don’t mess up your mani

  • One of my favorite things to do when I feel like pampering myself (besides buying a new pair of shoes) is to get a manicure. It only takes about 45 minutes, it’s very relaxing and it makes my hands look and feel awesome.

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  • One of my favorite things to do when I feel like pampering myself (besides buying a new pair of shoes) is to get a manicure. It only takes about 45 minutes, it’s very relaxing and it makes my hands look and feel awesome.
    The problem with this lovely process is that I then have to sit still until the polish dries. Well, if you have ever met me, you would know that sitting still for any real length of time is a difficult task for me! I think for many of you it is probably the same. Even if you are at home painting your own nails, it can become a challenge. Who wants to pay for a marvelous mani that gets ruined before you leave the salon? Well, the wait is over. There is finally a natural nail product dries instantly, lasts up to two weeks and does not damage the nail.
    You’ve read it correctly. Now, sit down and breathe a beauty sigh of relief, and I’ll tell you what I know. Creative Nail Design is the maker of a product called Shellac. Several years, the research and development team produced a wonderful soak of hybrid nail color. It has properties of a gel overlay but ease of use like a regular polish. It adds strength to your natural nails and provides a glass-like shine that won’t damage your natural nail at all!  
    These soak-off manicures look like polish but last longer because they are cured onto the nail with an ultraviolet lamp. They must be applied and removed by a professional, and the procedures will cost a bit more than a standard mani or pedi.
    A manicurist paints on a base coat, two color coats and top coat, just like a regular manicure or pedicure service. After each coat, Shellac is cured under ultraviolet light, so you leave with completely dry nails. No more flip-flops in the snow after your pedicure!
    Removal takes 10 minutes and may be tricky to do at home, so go back and let the pro do it. The removal process comes with the cost of the Shellac service. Pads moist with acetone or a specially made remover are placed on the fingernail or toenail and worn for 10 minutes. Then the nail color flakes off and can be wiped away.
    We love to do this service in our salon. We have 24 colors so far and a French polish choice as well. One of our favorite Shellac applications is what we call “rock star,” which is a layer of glitter embedded in the polish! It’s so sparkly and shiny you won’t be able to resist trying this version. Expect to wear the color your choose for two weeks.
    So call your favorite nail pal and get in quick. This is a blast! You are going to love it!
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