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The Ultimate Guide: Nail Polish

At Sole Beauty Salon we ensure to have all nail paint options available to our clients. The question however is what is the difference between them? Is there a reason some may opt for shellac paint, gel paint or normal polish?

One thing we do know is that you will have a gorgeous set of nails regardless, although many have there preferences and were here to find out why?

The Evolution of Nail Polish

Without explaining all the differences between Shellac Nails and Gel nails, shellac nails is a semi-permanent gel polish mixed with regular polish.

This hybrid of the two polishes means that you can get the best of both worlds; great colours, minimal paint chipping and a glossy finish from the traditional polish.

What Last Longer

The length of time a fresh set of nails lasts is important to most. Gel and Shellac nails have gained its popularity from this factor alone as they both last much longer than ordinary nail varnish.

It is expected for nail varnish on well prepped nails to last for a week sometimes even a few days. Shellac nail polish is thinner than gel and can last up to two weeks. Gel nails, if not exposed to steam or hot water,  can last up to three weeks.

Shellac polish may be for the win due to it’s durability compared to normal nail varnish.  It is also not as tough as gel polish, which can cause brittleness, peeling and cracking.

It Just Got Better

SNS (Signature Nail Systems), has grown in popularity over the last few years and for good reason too. You can eliminate your exposure to UV lamps completely with this application and prevent nail damage.

Where Shellac falls short when compared to SNS, is that it is not very flexible which can cause the nail to bend inwards, leading to breakage.

The dipping powder that is used after the application of the brush- 0n on gel base, promotes growth and strengthens your nails.

How To Prevent Breakage

Our nails need the love and protection regardless of the polish we opt for, so here are a few things to uphold the health of your nails;

  • Apply cuticle oil, opt for one that includes vitamin E, this will increase circulation and stimulate new nail growth.
  • Where you can, limit water exposure as the combination of water and harsh chemicals can damage your nails.
  • Include a natural supplement to your daily routine to promote quick nail growth.
  • Soak hands in natural ingredients such as Olive oil, coconut oil or lemon and oranges to speed up nail growth.


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