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Top 20 Shellac venues

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

  1. Boutique Nails and Beauty
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    Boutique Nails and Beauty

    Shop 6 / 10 Robertson Street, Gisborne 3437
    Boutique Nails and Beauty is a premium nail and beauty therapy provider in Gisborne, specialising in flawless manicures and pedicures.
    (45)
  2. Julex Nail Spa - Prahran
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    Julex Nail Spa - Prahran

    514 Malvern Road, Prahran 3181
    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.
    (27)
  3. Chapel's Beauty Salon
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    Chapel's Beauty Salon

    91 Chapel Street, Windsor 3181
    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.
    (93)
  4. Hali Nails & Beauty
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    Hali Nails & Beauty

    Shop 3 / 77 Prospect Road, Prospect 5082
    (62)
  5. Greville Nails
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    Greville Nails

    124 Greville Street, Prahran 3181
    Greville Nails is a boutique nail salon located in Prahran. The expert team are consummate professionals, consistently delivering high-quality manicures and pedicures.
    (16)
  6. The Nail Hair and Beauty Room Mornington
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    The Nail Hair and Beauty Room Mornington

    Shop 6, 211 Main Street, Mornington 3931
    Overhaul your look with The Nail, Hair and Beauty Room. Choose from nail treatments, waxing, hair colouring, and more.
    (47)
  7. Llume Skin Hair Body
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    Llume Skin Hair Body

    93 Orrong Crescent, Caulfield North 3161
    Llúme is an upmarket salon located in Alma Village in Melbourne’s Caulfield North providing a variety of hair and beauty services.
    (28)
  8. First Class Beauty
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    First Class Beauty

    283 Auburn Road, Hawthorn 3122
    (50)
  9. NV's Medispa
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    NV's Medispa

    78 Railway Street, Altona 3018
    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.
    (47)
  10. Two Birds Hair and Beauty Salon
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    Two Birds Hair and Beauty Salon

    147 Russell St, Melbourne CBD 3000
    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.
    (256)
  11. Ivy Hairdressing & Beauty Salon
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    Ivy Hairdressing & Beauty Salon

    19 55 George Street, Parramatta 2150
    The guys at Ivy Hairdressing in Parramatta are committed to creating individual and unique looks, injecting passion and flair into each cut and colour.
    (64)
  12. 4 Seasons Nails & Beauty
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    4 Seasons Nails & Beauty

    510 Macaulay Road, Kensington 3031
    4 Seasons Nails & Beauty is a beauty salon in Kensington offering nail and beauty services for a diverse clientele.
    (25)
  13. Beauty By Mela
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    Beauty By Mela

    131 Union Road, Ascot Vale 3032
    Beauty by Mela is an innovative beauty studio specialising in decadent treatments to refresh and revitalise the skin located inside Ascot Value Beauty, Ascot Value.
    (8)
  14. Free Nailed and Lashed
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    Free Nailed and Lashed

    Shop 26 / 369 Victoria Avenue (Inside Victoria Plaza), Chatswood 2067
    Free Nailed and Lashed is a boutique nail and beauty studio located inside Victoria Plaza in Chatswood.
    (7)
  15. Bella Nails Australia Fair
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    Bella Nails Australia Fair

    Shop G044 61 Scarborough Street, Southport 4215
    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.
    (55)
  16. Flaunt’em Eyelashes
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    Flaunt’em Eyelashes

    45 Carlton Parade, Carlton 2218
    Flaunt’em Eyelashes offer exactly that, awesome eyelash extensions and beauty treatments! Book in for a eye-wow make over, and they do waxing too.
    (9)
  17. Nail Paradise
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    Nail Paradise

    Shop 4/ 332 Centre Rd, Bentleigh 3204
    Enjoy a relaxing mani or pedi at Nail Paradise. The company offers services including shellac, nails, nail art, gel nails, eyebrow waxing, tints, and more.
    (14)
  18. Beauty Blitz Skin & Body
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    Beauty Blitz Skin & Body

    Shop 8 76 Queens Road , Slacks Creek 4127
    Beauty Blitz Skin & Body is a wonderful gem. Book in for an expert wax, heavenly facial, and eyelash extension, hot stone massage, or spa pedicure.
    (27)
  19. Tips & Toes - Fitzroy
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    Tips & Toes - Fitzroy

    399 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy 3065
    Tips and Toes, specialises in artificial, acrylic and gel nails. The professional team also delivers eyelash and brow treatments including lash extensions.
    (44)
  20. Divine Camila Beauty
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    Divine Camila Beauty

    2/227 Bourke Street, Darlinghurst 2010
    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.
    (114)
Average rating of venues offering Shellac across Australia
4.7 · based on 2418 reviews of 604 venues

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.