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Top 10 Shellac venues

Here is our pick for the top venues offering Shellac from around Australia.

  1. Chapel's Beauty SalonChapel's Beauty Salon

    Chapel's Beauty Salon

    91 Chapel Street, Windsor 3181
    Rating:
    (38)
    Visit Chapel's Beauty Salon, and be pampered to perfection with an exceptional range of services to highlight your natural beauty and boost your confidence.
  2. Two Birds Hair and Beauty SalonTwo Birds Hair and Beauty Salon

    Two Birds Hair and Beauty Salon

    147 Russell St, Melbourne CBD 3000
    Rating:
    (50)
    Two Birds celebrates the art of living well. Enjoy life to its fullest and living in the moment whilst looking your best in the latest hair and makeup styles.
  3. Divine Camila BeautyDivine Camila Beauty

    Divine Camila Beauty

    2/303 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst 2010
    Rating:
    (62)
    Divine Camila Beauty will take care of your whole body while you relax and unwind. This cute salon stands out for its impeccable service and beautiful staff.
  4. Splash BeautySplash Beauty

    Splash Beauty

    40 Tweed Mall, Cnr Wharf & Bay Streets, Tweed Heads 2485
    Rating:
    (7)
    Splash Beauty offers convenience and fabulous treatments. Known for their fabulous facials, you can get microdermabrasion, waxing and eyelash extensions, too.
  5. The Nail Hair and Beauty Room MorningtonThe Nail Hair and Beauty Room Mornington

    The Nail Hair and Beauty Room Mornington

    Shop 6, 211 Main Street, Mornington 3931
    Rating:
    (5)
    Overhaul your look with The Nail, Hair and Beauty Room. Choose from eyelash extensions, nail treatments, waxing, hair colouring, airbrush tanning, and more.
  6. VONVY Spa NAIL Club - MalvernVONVY Spa NAIL Club - Malvern

    VONVY Spa NAIL Club - Malvern

    236 Glenferrie Road, Malvern 3144
    Rating:
    (5)
    Get your hands and feet looking their best with Vonvy Spa NAIL Club - Malvern. The salon offers manicure, pedicure, also lash and brow tinting, plus waxing.
  7. Julex Nail Spa - PrahranJulex Nail Spa - Prahran

    Julex Nail Spa - Prahran

    514 Malvern Road, Prahran 3181
    Rating:
    (19)
    For the smartest nails in Prahran, book in for a mani or a pedi at Julex Nail Spa. Get perfect nails with polish, Shellac gel, acrylics or an SNS dip powder.
  8. NV's MedispaNV's Medispa

    NV's Medispa

    78 Railway Street, Altona 3018
    Rating:
    (23)
    NV's Medispa is a delight to visit. Offering facials, peels, body treatments, manicures and pedicures, waxing, massage, tanning and waxing for men and women.
  9. Glamshell BeautyGlamshell Beauty

    Glamshell Beauty

    63 Ferguson Street, Williamstown 3016
    Rating:
    (33)
    Glamshell Beauty, the place for all your beauty and spa needs including nails, brow and lash treatments, plus waxing. Or spoil yourself with a Spa Package.
  10. Bella Nails Australia FairBella Nails Australia Fair

    Bella Nails Australia Fair

    Shop G044 61 Scarborough Street, Southport 4215
    Rating:
    (29)
    Bella Nails is the go-to for all your manicure and pedicure needs. Pop in for a quick polish, or stay longer and treat yourself to an indulgent spa pedicure.

Shellac Nails

Do you get confused by all the different nail treatments available these days? There are gel nails, acrylic nails, SNS, Shellac, not to mention all the new techniques that are appearing. Well, we're here to lend a helping hand by explaining a little more about Shellac.

Firstly, Shellac is a brand, not a technique. Shellac was invented by US company Creative Nail Design - or CND - and is a cross between a nail polish and a gel. Gels are polymer resins that require UV light to harden.

Fast and Durable

Shellac manicures are extremely popular because they are quicker to apply than acrylic or gels and last longer. Shellac is also very durable, so it's hard to chip, and produces a really shiny finish.

A blend of polymers and monomers, Shellac revolutionised manicures when it was introduced in May 2010. That's right, it feels as if it's been around forever, but it hasn't been that long. A whole five years in the making, Shellac was described by CND as 'a modern solution to the nail polish inconveniences that frustrate women'.

Designed to 'give women their time back', it is a great way of keeping your nails looking amazing with minimal input. Remember, though, it is used for colour and finish - it doesn't extend or shape your natural nails.

No Smudge

Once your nails have been manicured, coats of Shellac are applied in just the same way you would apply nail polish. However, after each coat, your hands are placed under a UV light to cure or dry the gel.

Apart from the super shiny finish, this method ensures your nails are almost instantly dry, with no risk of smudging on the way home.

Whereas normal nail polish starts to dull or chip after just a few days, Shellac nails will still be looking great after 14 days. They would probably continue to look amazing for longer, if our nails didn't grow out. Whilst Shellac might start to peel after 14 days, it is really only natural nail growth that sees us returning to the salon for refills.

A Healthy Choice

As with all gel and acrylic nails, you shouldn't try removing them at home. Your nail technician will wrap your nails in acetone, to professionally remove the colour without damaging your skin.

Shellac is generally quicker to remove than acrylic, due to its molecular structure. It sets with tiny invisible holes in it, which allow the acetone to penetrate the layers, making it easier to remove. As little to no buffing is required, your nails will remain healthy.

Many people prefer gel to acrylics, believing it produces a glossier finish. Gel nails are great for those allergic to acrylic, and nails tend to feel more natural. In addition, gel nails don't produce any odour.

However, fans of acrylic nails will tell you gel is not as durable and, of course, you can't use it to add length.

Tough and Beautiful

Shellac is perfect for those who like the look of traditional nail polish, but don't want to be bothered with weekly salon appointments. Shellac will stand up well to everyday chores, like washing dishes and gardening.

For those concerned about the use of the UV light, rest assured: research has been done and the level of UV light is extremely low. If you are still worried, simply apply sunscreen to your hands beforehand, avoiding your nails.

CND Shellac offers more than 100 designer colours, so you'll never run out of inspiration. You can even produce your own unique finishes using glitter or nail art.

If you are looking to try Shellac, it's best to start with healthy nails. That's something you can discuss with your nail technician, so hop onto Bookwell and make your booking today.

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