Manicure Auckland

All You Need To Know About Shellac Manicures

Shellac Manicures are one of the fastest growing nail trends, however, if you have never had a Shellac Manicure before, you may have some questions about what Shellac is and what are the benefits of having a manicure with Shellac.

What Is Shellac? Shellac is a fully-patented brand owned by Creative Nail Design and is a hybrid of normal nail polish and a gel. Shellac is owned specifically by CND and gel polish refers to all other similar products available with other brands.

Shellac is applied like a normal polish but the Shellac product is cured using UV light that gives it great flexibility, durability and leaves an incredible shine on the nails. Shellac manicures are typically more expensive than traditional manicures but it will last you for up to two weeks, unlike regular manicures which may chip much sooner.

What Is the Main Difference Between A Normal Manicure and a Shellac Manicure? Regular nail polish has a much longer drying time than shellac because it dries by evaporation which means it can take up to 3 hours for it to fully dry. Shellac is cured using a UV light which completely dries your nails and leaves it strong enough to withstand any knocks and bumps to your nails after your manicure.

How Does Shellac Differ From Other Nail Enhancements Such As Acrylic Extensions? Shellac is more gentle on the natural nail when applied correctly in comparison to the techniques used to apply extensions or overlays. It doesn't require a drill, and removal doesn't leave nails weak, dry or torn.

Can Shellac Be Removed At Home? Yes, Shellac can be removed at home, however, it does require you to have 100% Acetone and takes about 15 minutes to remove.  Do not pick at or peel off your Shellac manicure. It can be very damaging to your nails, and peeling off Shellac often takes layers of your real nail with it.You can also have the Shellac removed at the salon, which very minimally increases the time and is less of an inconvenience.

Overall, Shellac manicures are very safe and long lasting but a lot of the success of your Shellac manicure will come down to which salon you go to, the nail stylist and also how well you look after and maintain them at home. Little things such as wearing gloves while doing housework and/or gardening, using cuticle oil regularly and removing them correctly all factor into how long your manicure will last and also how well your natural nails will hold up throughout the process.

We take pride in that our Shellac Manicures last the distance. 

The Benefits of the Pure Fiji Dilo Repair Range

The Dilo tree also known as the "Tree of a thousand virtues" is a native of the Fiji Islands located in the pristine waters of the Pacific Ocean.

The opulent, nutrient-filled and warm waters of the Pacific give life to the amazing Dilo tree. Dilo is known for its rare ability to soothe pain and irritation on the skin and to promote the skins repair mechanism and the growth of healthy skin.

Dilo oil is traditionally used as a healing aid in the islands and is highly respected for its healing qualities. The oil is cold pressed and is a pure oil that is easily absorbed through the skins layers. The essential fatty-acids found in the oil help to ease many skin ailments and  soothes irritation and inflammation whilst super-charging the healing and repair process.

The Dilo oil instantly calms, nourishes and repairs skin affected by: Sunburn, Windburn, Dermatitis, Dehydration Rashes, Insect bites, Acne, Eczema, Shaving irritation, Post microdermabrasion, Post Radiation and Chemotherapy.

Dilo is your SOS of skin care, for all those little emergencies over summer (and even winter). They have a range of gels, sprays, lotions, bath soaks and they even have a Pure Dilo Face oil, which is 100% dilo oil.

We stock the range of Pure Fiji Dilo (and their normal range) in our salon at 245 Parnell Road, Parnell.

We LOVE the Pure Fiji range and use their products through our Manicures and Pedicures, and we believe this is what makes our Manicures and Pedicures the Best in Auckland.