Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between gel nail polish and regular nail polish?

 Regular nail polishes are like paint and dries quickly. However the gel nail polish (or commonly referred to as shellac), as the name suggests, is a gel compound. The gel nail polish requires curing or drying under a LED lamp. UV rays are also used to cure the gel nail polish. Gel nail polish is being increasingly used these days due to its ability to last long and resist chipping. It has a glossy surface and is a soak-off product.

What is the difference between gel polish and "shellac"?

 This can cause some confusion, but strictly speaking, they are the same thing. A ‘gel polish manicure’ is the general term that covers all brands of gel polish whereas Shellac is a specific brand of gel polish made by CND. All gel polish brands have a slightly different formulas because they are made by different companies, but they all do the same thing! 

What are the advantages of gel polish?

 Gel nail polish lasts for up to 3-4 weeks without chipping. This increases the gap between your salon visits saving you time and money. It is non-porous which means that it does not let moisture into your nails. With a glassy finish, gel nail polish looks very classic and has zero drying time after it has been cured under an LED lamp.


How long will a gel polish manicure last?

 The gel nail polish lasts for up to 3-4 weeks without chipping. This increases the gap between your salon visits saving you time and money. It is non-porous which means that it does not let moisture from the atmosphere into your nails. With a glassy finish, gel nail polish looks very classic and adorable. 

How long does standard polish last?

 Standard polish isn’t designed to last as long as gel polish, so you’re likely looking at up to a week before you start to see wear and tear if you care for your manicure properly. Standard polish is a great choice for your pedicure as it tends to last longer on the toenails and can sometimes last up until your next pedicure in 4 weeks time. 



How is gel polish/ shellac removed?

 Gel polish is very difficult to remove with standard nail polish remover and if you peel it off it can damage your nails. It is always advisable to book in for a professional removal and it usually takes between 15-20 minutes. This involves applying pads soaked with acetone to your nails then left to soak in foil wraps for 10-15 minutes. This is followed by gently removing the last of the polish with an orangewood stick and then applying a nail strengthener before you are ready to go! 

How do I care for my nails after my manicure?

“Jewels Not Tools!” It’s the motto of all nail technicians (in other words don't use your nails to open condiment containers or pry the lids off of things, etc.). Avoid getting your nails wet for too long (like doing the dishes or wearing gloves), avoid coming into contact with chemicals for prolonged periods of time (cleaning solutions) and don't pick or peel your polish off under any circumstanbce.  FInally, apply cuticle oil morning and night if you can. This will keep your nails super healthy throughout the duration of your manicure. 

Why should I use cuticle oil?

 Cuticle oil is perfect for maintaining your nail health in-between manicure appointments. Not only does it smell heavenly, but it keeps your nails and the skin around them in tip-top condition. It intensively moisturizes and leaves the nail bed very healthy, which encourages your nails to grow. Nail plates can get dehydrated very easily, but cuticle oil application is such an easy way to avoid this, leaving you with beautiful nails! 



Should I make an appointment before coming to your salon?

 Yes, I highly recommend that you make an appointment before coming to the salon. As this is a home-based business all appointments need to be scheduled in advance in order to accommodate you properly. Making a prior appointment means that I will be able to prepare for your treatment and give you my best service.