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Two weeks after having Shellac hybrid nail colour on our nails, we check out how well it lasted and return to get it removed with special 'wraps' and another Shellac applied...
"I am damned hard on my hands, and especially my nails" says Anya. "The only time I have really worn nail polish was that brief period when it was cool to wear battered and chipped black nail polish. It was a trend made in heaven for me!
"So when asked to test drive this new product, I did all the things you are NOT supposed to do with your nails, like scratch things off the table with them, type with my nails instead of my finger pads, washed dishes in hot water and even some cleaning with jif and no gloves, to see how it would cope!
I am a bit of a loose unit at times in the kitchen and the only real damage I did to the nails was with a knife. Yep, it took a slip with a knife to slice the top layer off the 'polish' and leave my nail undamaged, with only a slight lack of gloss to show where the knife nearly when into my finger! That was it people. The stuff is amazing!" says Anya.
Here are Anya's nails after two weeks.
"As opposed to regular nail polish that chips off the tips first, this didn't chip but rather grows out of the finger leaving a gap by my cuticles. After twelve and a half days, one finger had a flaking but the rest were still perfect" says Megan. They are ready for a re-Shellacing, so I meet Creative NZ Ltd's CND Education Ambassador, Haley Dodunski, pictured top left. You can see in this picture below how it has grown away from the cuticle.
Each fingertip is wrapped in a CND logo wrap with acetone to remove the Shellac over the course of ten minutes. This is a much shorter process than the removal of acrylic nails which can take an hour and a half to remove and which involves more immersion in acetone. The acetone doesn't stay in contact with my skin at all so is much healthier.
The wraps are removed and the nail technician rubs off the residue using an orange stick.
Watching my nail colour dissolve inside wraps is a bit like watching paint dry!
Straight away it's okay to re-apply a new coat of Shellac. Having had a bright coral last time, I went for a soft nude pink this time, and I am loving it!
By Anya Brighouse and Megan Robinson, 10 May 2010.
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